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In late June, President Biden endorsed the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure agreement and discussions will continue over the next month on what projects will be included in the final package. Georgia-based companies, organizations and public entities have an opportunity to proactively engage with members to promote Georgia interests within the legislation. Georgia’s Senators are uniquely positioned

This week in Washington: Senate in recess, conversations continue on infrastructure and administration’s health initiatives.

Bipartisan Bill to Alter Language on Substance Use Disorder Agencies and Programs
On June 29, Reps. David Trone (D-MD) and Lisa McClain (R-MI) introduced the Stopping Titles that Overtly Perpetuate (STOP) Stigma Act, which would change the name of several

This week in Washington: Infrastructure deal struck, but it still has a long road ahead to passage; Senate Budget Committee discussed draft resolution with health initiatives included.

House

Cures 2.0 Draft Released
On June 22, Reps. Diana DeGette and Frank Upton (R-MI) released draft legislation that would create an Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health

This week in Washington: Supreme Court dismisses challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

House

House Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2022 Bill Schedule
On June 15, chair of the House Appropriations Committee Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the markup schedule for fiscal year (FY) 2022 spending bills. The Appropriations Committee plans to take up the

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) survived another challenge to its constitutionality today. In a 7-2 decision, the court threw out the challenge to the law, citing lack of standing by the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs, a group of Republican-controlled states and two Texas residents, argued that the entire ACA became unconstitutional when Congress eliminated the penalty

On June 8, 2021 the administration released a report detailing its findings from a 100-day review of vulnerabilities within the supply chains of four critical products:

  • semiconductors;
  • large capacity batteries;
  • critical minerals and materials; and
  • pharmaceuticals

The report is in response to President Biden’s Feb. 24, 2021 executive order calling for an assessment of the

This week in Washington: Discussions on infrastructure and prescription drug changes continue.

House Energy and Commerce Committee to Discuss Vaccine Legislation
On June 15, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing titled “Booster Shot: Enhancing Public Health Through Vaccine Legislation.” Bills to be discussed at the hearing are listed and

Earmarks are continuing to make a return to Congress after a moratorium lasting a decade. Following the House’s announcement that the committee will accept Member requests for Community Project Funding in appropriations bills for the upcoming fiscal year (FY2022), the Senate followed suit. On April 26, 2021, the chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations

This week in Washington: CMS Administrator confirmed, President releases budget.

Brooks-LaSure Confirmed as CMS Administrator
On May 25, the Senate voted 55-44 to confirm Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator. Brooks-LaSure’s nomination process had been delayed after Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) expressed his opposition to CMS’s decision last month