Saturday, March 30, 2019

Congressional Outlook

Floor Outlook

House Republicans aiming to force votes on Born Alive bill, Green New Deal

Committee Activity, including pro-life efforts

U.S. Senate judiciary panel head wants special counsel to investigate Trump probe

McConnell backs push for investigation of Russia probe missteps

U.S. House panel again postpones Trump business associate, to focus on Mueller report

U.S. House panel approves measure on FBI records of Trump obstruction probe

House Armed Services chairman denies $1 billion transfer for Trump wall

Bill to let banks work with cannabis companies advances in U.S. House

Oversight panel to subpoena top Trump officials in clearance probe

On March 26, the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Eric D. Hargan, testified before the House Budget Committee on the HHS Budget.  During the hearing, Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK) spoke in support of the final Protect Life (Title X) Rule and conscience protection.

On March 27, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health marked up H.R. 1425, the State Health Care Premium Reduction Act, sponsored by Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN). H.R. 1425 establishes cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) and reinsurance without necessary safeguards to prevent these sources of taxpayer funding from going to insurance plans that cover abortion. During the mark-up, Subcommittee Ranking Member Michael Burgess (R-TX) offered an amendment that would have included Hyde protections. This amendment failed to pass by a vote of 15-12. The vote was along party lines, with 3 Democrats and 2 Republicans failing to vote. During the mark-up, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) spoke in support of the Hyde Amendment, noting that, “Since 1976, there have been a total of 4,072 House Democratic votes for the Labor-HHS bills that included the Hyde language.” A full committee mark-up of H.R. 1425 is expected on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

In the morning, the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, testified during the House Appropriations State, Foreign Operations Subcommittee Hearing on the State Department Budget. During the hearing, Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) expressed support for the Global Protect Life Rule.

In the afternoon, Secretary Mike Pompeo testified during the House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on the State Department’s Foreign Policy Strategy and FY20 Budget Request. During the hearing, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) made remarks in support of the Global Protect Life Rule.

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