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Critical Votes for Senate Leadership Coming Soon

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will delay a critical key procedural vote this week after Senator John McCain (R-AZ) announced he would be absent due to a medical procedure. That will not prevent McConnell from trying to get the necessary votes but will likely delay it at least a week.  Once the Senate approves

Forum Discusses Opioids

On Thursday, July 13, Roll Call publications sponsored a forum on Fighting the Opioid Crisis. The forum included introductory remarks by David Hawkings, Senior Congressional Editor of Roll Call, David Cordani, President and CEO, Cigna, sponsor of the event, a discussion with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA), a discussion on current

Senate Leadership Looks For Path To Fifty

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pulled the Better Care Reconciliation Act from a vote during the Republican weekly luncheon last Tuesday, June 27 concerned that the bill would go down to defeat.  Once that happened he intensified rounds of negotiations looking at nearly $200 billion in projected savings to try and buy enough support

Senate Aims For Health Care Bill Passage This Week  

Senate Majority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) plans to have a final vote on the Senate majority health bill by the end of this week.  The Senate bill, released on Thursday morning, modifies the House bill but for the most part sticks to the same core elements: eliminates the individual mandates, weakens requirements that all

Bipartisan Child Welfare Bills Likely Undercut If Health Care Reform Passes

Last Tuesday, June 20, the House of Representatives adopted a series of bipartisan child welfare bills.  The five bills were all taken from last year’s Families First legislation that had been adopted by the House last summer. Taken together the bills would speed up placements across state lines, improve regional partnership substance use treatment grants

ACA Advocates Concerns Grow On Quick Vote-Deal 

It would not be an exaggeration to say that advocates for preserving the Affordable Care Act are extremely concerned that a Senate bill will pass shortly before the July 4th break.  If that happens and 50 votes are rounded up, passage by the House is very likely. The Senate language is being held very tight

Home Visiting Coalition Evaluates House Proposal

Now that the House Republicans have introduced a reauthorization of the MIECHV (Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting), or home visiting program there are a number of concerns with the current legislative draft. The Increasing Opportunity through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act (HR 2824), while it would extend the program for five year as CWLA and

Presidential Commission on Drug Addiction Holds First Meeting

The President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis, Chaired by Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) met for the first time on Friday, June 16.  The Commission was established to develop interim recommendations to the President with final recommendations by October 1, 2017.  Other members of the Commission include Governor Charlie Baker (R-MA), Governor Ray

ACA: Senate Attempting Quick Action

Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is bound and determined to have a vote on the Senate ACA repeal bill by the end of this month. The logic is that the Senate needs to move the issue one way or another so that the rest of the legislative year and priorities such as a tax

2018 Appropriations and Debt Ceiling Update

Congress has started to step up their hearing process for appropriations with several committees and subcommittees, holding preliminary reviews and testimony from Administration officials. Concurrently, there has been no more clarity on the debt ceiling front except for the fact that the Administration reaffirmed the need to raise it before the August break. The Democrats