House passes “21st Century Cures"

The House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a 344-77 vote on Friday, July 10, eighteen months after Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and his Democratic co-sponsor Diana DeGette (D-CO) began listening sessions and hearings to draft the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reauthorization and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reform bill. During debate many lawmakers praised the “non-partisan” effort.

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Labor-Health and Human Services Funding bills moving through House and Senate

The House Appropriations Committee completed work on its version of the Labor-HHS-Education bill on June 24.  While it considered a number of amendments in full committee, the bill remains largely as the Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee approved it (see blog entry).  The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Senate version of the bill on June 25.

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Labor-Health and Human Services-Education funding bill moving through Appropriations Committee

On June 17, 2015, the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (aka Labor-HHS) Subcommittee approved the $153 billion Fiscal Year 2016 spending bill on a party-line vote.  The bill is $3.7 billion below the FY 2015 enacted level and $14.6 billion below the President’s budget request.  

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Can the House and Senate pass a common budget?

A conference committee met this week to see if differences can be negotiated between the budgets passed by the House and Senate. In March, the House and Senate advanced separate budget resolutions that would continue to allow outlays under the statutory budget caps -- $523 billion for defense and $493.5 billion for non-defense programs in FY 2016. The conference hopes to report a compromise by the end of April. 

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