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On the Agenda in Washington


May 7: House Budget Committee to Markup Alternative to Sequester
2 p.m.; 210 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The House Budget Committee will markup H.R.4966, the Sequester Replacement Act of 2012 and the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012, to amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to replace the sequester established by the Budget Control Act of 2011.


May 8: House to Markup FDA User Fee Legislation
10 a.m.; 2123 Rayburn House Office Building; Washington, D.C.
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will markup legislation regarding Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee programs reauthorization. The draft bill amends the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to revise and extend the user-fee programs for prescription drugs and for medical devices, to establish user-fee programs for generic drugs and biosimilars, and for other purposes.


May 8: House Hearing on VA Mental Health Care Staffing
10:30 a.m.; 334 Cannon House Office Building; Washington, D.C.
The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will hold a hearing to discuss ensuring quality and quantity mental health care for veterans.

May 9: House Hearing on HHS Budget and Spending
10 a.m..; 2322 Rayburn House Office Building; Washington, D.C
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing to discuss the fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget and spending concerns at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


May 9: House Hearing on American Taxpayer Dollars at the NSF
2 p.m.; 2318 Rayburn House Office Building; Washington, D.C.
The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Research and Science Education will hear testimony from Allison Lerner, Inspector General at the National Science Foundation(NSF), regarding how to ensure the best stewardship of American taxpayer dollars at the NSF.

May 10: Senate Finance Committee To Hold Roundtable Discussion on SGR
10 a.m.; 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a roundtable discussion on "Medicare Physician Payments: Understanding the Past so We Can Envision the Future."  Four former Administrators of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and its predecessor, the Health Care Financing Administration, will give background and answer questions regarding Medicare's physician payment system.

 

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Jason Kleinman
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Telephone: 202-903-0806
Email: jkleinman@aamc.org