POLICY BRIEFINGS


Appropriators Make Progress on FDA Spending Bill


The House Appropriations Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Related Agencies Subcommittee voted to advance its fiscal year (FY) 2018 spending bill last week. The appropriations legislation totals $20 billion, $4.64 billion higher than the President’s budget request. The legislation includes $2.8 billion in discretionary spending for the FDA, which is in keeping with current spending levels. Including user fee revenues, total FDA funding would reach $5.2 billion, $490 million above current levels. While Democrats did express concerns that the bill could underfund the ability of the FDA to conduct oversight activities, the bill was passed with unanimous support.

Republicans were not, however, able to close party divisions on overall FY 2018 spending levels in order for the House Budget Committee to proceed with passage of a budget resolution before departure for the July 4th recess. Additionally, the House Tuesday Group has said that they are reticent to support any budget resolution that is not bipartisan and bicameral. In a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the moderate group of Republicans express concerns about the $200 billion in mandatory spending cuts that are currently being negotiated between the House Freedom Caucus and Budget Committee leadership.


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.R.3032 (introduced by Rep. John Katko): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the coverage of marriage and family therapist services and mental health counselor services under part B of the Medicare program, and for other purposes; Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means

H.R.3044 (introduced by Rep. Patrick Meehan): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to expand supplemental benefits to meet the needs of chronically ill Medicare Advantage enrollees under the Medicare program, and for other purposes; Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce

H.R. 3059 (introduced by Rep. Clyburn): A bill to provide funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers, the National Health Service Corps, Teaching Health Centers, and the Nurse Practitioner Residency Training program; Energy and Commerce

S. 1441 (introduced by Sen. Sanders): A bill to provide funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers, the National Health Service Corps, Teaching Health Centers, and the Nurse Practitioner Residency Training program; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S. Res. 203 (introduced by Sen. Heitkamp): A resolution designating the month of June 2017, as ``National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month’’ and June 27, 2017, as ``National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day’’; Judiciary

H.R.3073 (introduced by Rep. Carlos Curbello): To provide for the issuance of a Mental Health Awareness Semipostal Stamp; Oversight and Government Reform, Energy and Commerce

S.1449 (introduced by Sen. Dan Sullivan): A bill to authorize payment by the Department of Veterans Affairs for
the costs associated with training and supervision of medical residents and interns at certain facilities that are not Department facilities, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to establish or affiliate with residency programs at facilities operated by Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and the Indian Health Service, and for other purposes; Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.3095 (introduced by Rep. Seth Moulton): To prohibit or suspend certain health care providers from providing non-Department of Veterans Affairs health care services to veterans, and for other purposes; Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.3098 (introduced by Rep. Linda T. Sanchez): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of certified adult day services under the Medicare program, and for other purposes; Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce

H.Res.420 (introduced by Rep. Sander M. Levin): Expressing support for the designation of the week of July 9 through July 15, 2017, as “Sarcoma Awareness Week” and July 15, 2017, as “Leiomyosarcoma Awareness Day”; Energy and Commerce

S.Res.207 (introduced by Sen. Debbie Stabenow): A resolution designating the week of July 9 through July 15, 2017 as “Sarcoma Awareness Week” and designating July 15, 2017 as “Leiomyosarcoma Awareness Day”; Judiciary

S.1452 (introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz): A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to establish within the Office of the Under Secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs the position of Chief Information Officer of the Veterans Health Administration, and for other purposes; Veterans’ Affairs

S.1453 (introduced by Sen. Joe Donnelly): A bill to allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to designate certain substance use disorder treatment facilities as eligible for National Health Service Corps service; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions



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