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House Passes Drug Pricing & ACA Package

A package of bills to bolster the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and reduce drug prices passed the House. The vote late Thursday was 234 to 183 and mostly along party lines. House Democratic leaders packaged together (H.R. 987) several bills with bipartisan support that look to spur the creation of more low-cost generic drugs with those that counter Trump administration changes to the ACA’s individual health insurance marketplaces. Senate Republicans […]

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The Week Ahead in Washington | May 3, 2019

The House next week will look to pass a disaster aid package that includes a renewal of the National Flood Insurance Program. House Tackles Disaster Aid, ACA Waivers Disaster Aid: The House leadership next week plan to bring a new disaster aid package to the floor. Communities and federal agencies affected by natural disasters would receive about $17.2 billion in disaster aid under a modified version of H.R. 2157. That would be about […]

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Post-Recess Congressional Outlook

Congress will return from a two-week recess on Monday, April 29, with an agenda that includes climate change legislation in the House, where lawmakers will also begin marking up fiscal 2020 appropriations bills. House Rules Committee members will examine a “Medicare for All” bill while other committees continue oversight of the hollowed-out Homeland Security Department. The Senate resumes considering the president’s nominations. Also in May, the House will bring a […]

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Outlook for Federal Marijuana Legislation

Now legal for recreational use in 10 states and Washington, D.C., more Americans are smoking pot than ever, even though it is still a federally outlawed drug. The federal ban is creating banking and tax challenges for pot companies that operate in accordance with their states’ laws. An average of about 600,000 people were arrested each year for possession from 2013 through 2017. Support for legalization reached a peak in […]

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