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Earmarks are making a return to Congress. House Democrats have announced their intention to bring back earmarks after a moratorium lasting a decade. Removing the moratorium will give more power to individual lawmakers, especially Congressional members on the appropriations committees and the committees drafting the new infrastructure bill. It also provides stakeholders an opportunity to

American Rescue Plan

On Wednesday, March 10, Congress passed President Biden’s stimulus and COVID-19 relief package, the American Rescue Plan. The $1.9 trillion package provides additional funding for vaccination efforts, COVID-19 testing, state and local governments, stimulus checks, unemployment assistance, rental assistance, education, child care, and small businesses.

Notably, the final bill is not the

On March 6, the U.S. Senate narrowly passed a $1.9 trillion bill to provide for COVID-19 financial relief, testing, treatment and vaccination. Because the Senate version of the plan differs from the version the U.S. House of Representatives passed last week, the measure now returns to the House to reconcile differences before President Joe Biden

This week in Washington: Budget reconciliation goes back to the House with changes for vote on Tuesday.

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340B: 266 House Legislators Want Fines for Drug Companies

Two hundred sixty-six members of the House of Representatives have told the Department of Health and Human Services that HHS should fine drug companies that deny 340B discounts

congressOn Feb. 27, shortly after the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 reached 500,000, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Now the Senate will consider this $1.9 trillion spending bill to provide pandemic-related assistance and relief.

Read on to learn about 15 provisions in the legislation that are

This week in Washington: The House votes on budget reconciliation while the Senate ponders the Byrd Rule; Senate committees hold hearings on HHS Secretary-designate Becerra’s confirmation.

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House Passes COVID Relief Through Budget Reconciliation
On February 27, the House of Representatives passed 219- 212 the American Rescue Plan, H.R. 1319, a sweeping $1.9 trillion

Later this week, the U.S. House of Representatives will introduce and likely vote on the COVID-19 relief bill supported by President Biden. As the vote nears, however, the Byrd rule will be key in determining which provisions, such as raising the minimum wage to $15, will survive the congressional process.

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This week in Washington: House committees hold budget reconciliation markups for COVID-19.

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Ways & Means Finishes Markup of COVID-19 Relief Measures
On Feb. 11, the House Ways & Means Committee cleared its piece of the House’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 package, which would increase Affordable Care Act (ACA) tax credits, provide maximum credits to anyone

This week in Washington: Congress moves towards budget reconciliation.

Hearings/Markups

House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations: No Time to Lose: Solutions to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations in the States

Tuesday, February 2: The House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

This week in Washington: President Biden issues important executive orders on healthcare.

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Rep. Underwood Reintroduces Bill Enhancing ACA Credits
On Jan. 19, Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) reintroduced legislation to expand and enhance the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) tax credits, also included in President Biden’s health reform agenda. The Health Care Affordability Act of 2021