Members Named to Budget/Appropriations Reform Committee Cont.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's Appointments

  • Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY-17) – Co-chair – Appropriations Ranking Member
  • Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY-03) – Budget Ranking Member
  • Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA-40) – Homeland Security Approps Ranking Member
  • Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) – Appropriations Vice Ranking Member

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Appointments
  • Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) – Appropriations
  • Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) – Budget
  • Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) – Appropriations
  • Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s Appointments
  • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) – Budget
  • Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) – Appropriations
  • Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)
  • Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)

PACCARB Urges HHS to Protect AMR Funding, Codify Council

The Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB) has agreed to send two letters to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar outlining the Council’s concerns about funding for combating antimicrobial resistance in veterinary and human medicine, and to request that PACCARB be codified into law. PACCARB requests that funding be maintained or increased for the CDC Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The council members also recommend that PACCARB, originally established through an Executive Order, be codified into law so it can to continue its mission to address antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections in humans and animals. PACCARB’s next public meeting is scheduled for May 16.

Upcoming Congressional Meetings and Markups

House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing “Examining U.S. Public Health Preparedness and Response Efforts to Seasonal Influenza;” 10:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.; March 8

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on “The Opioid Crisis: Leadership and Innovation in the States;” 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building; March 8

House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health field hearing “VA Healthcare: Maximizing Resources in Puerto Rico;” 10:00 a.m., San Juan, PR; March 12

House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health hearing “FY 2019 Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for the Veterans Health Administration;” 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon Bldg.; March 15

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