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Policy News - April 10, 2019

April 10, 2019


The Small Business Administration has announced the National Small Business Week awardees for 2019. A few of the 17 categories broadcasted include: construction, contracting, outreach, exporting, research and development, lending, disaster recovery, manufacturing, and more.

Today, the House Committee on Financial Services will hold a hearing titled “The Community Reinvestment Act: Assessing the Law’s Impact on Discrimination and Redlining.” The House Committee on Appropriations will hold a hearing titled “Combatting Wage Theft: The Critical Role of Wage and Hour Enforcement. The Senate Committee on Finance will hold a hearing titled “Drug Pricing in America: A Prescription for Change, Part III.” The Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services will also hold a hearing titled “The Equality Act: Ensuring the Right to Learn and Work Free from Discrimination.”

Later this week on the Hill, the House Committee on Education and Labor will hold a hearing titled “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S Department of Education.” The committee will also hold a markup titled on H.R. 1010, to provide that the rule entitled “Short-Term, Limited Duration Insurance” shall have no force or effect. The House Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled “SBA 7(a) Budget Proposal and the Impact of Fee Structure Changes.” The House Committee on Financial Services will hold a hearing titled “Holding Megabanks Accountable: A Review of Global Systemically Important Banks 10 years after the Financial Crisis.” Finally, the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship will hold a hearing titled “Reauthorization of the SBA’s International Trade Programs.”

On Capitol Hill

Floor proceedings

House: In session

Senate: in session

  • The Senate will convene and begin a period of morning business.

Committee proceedings

House Committee on Education and Labor

  • Today, the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services will hold a hearing titled “The Equality Act: Ensuring the Right to Learn and Work Free from Discrimination.”
  • Tomorrow, the Committee will hold a hearing titled “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S Department of Education.”
  • Tomorrow, the Committee will hold a markup titled on H.R. 1010, to provide that the rule entitled “Short-Term, Limited Duration Insurance” shall have no force or effect.

House Committee on Small Business

  • Tomorrow, the Committee will hold a hearing titled “SBA 7(a) Budget Proposal and the Impact of Fee Structure Changes.”

House Committee on Financial Services

  • Today, the Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Community Reinvestment Act: Assessing the Law’s Impact on Discrimination and Redlining.”
  • Tomorrow, the Committee will hold a hearing titled “Holding Megabanks Accountable: A Review of Global Systemically Important Banks 10 years after the Financial Crisis.”

House Committee on Appropriations

  • Today, the Committee will hold a hearing titled “Combatting Wage Theft: The Critical Role of Wage and Hour Enforcement.

House Committee on Ways and Means

  • No relevant hearings today

Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

  • Tomorrow, the Committee will hold a hearing titled “Reauthorization of the SBA’s International Trade Programs”

Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs

  • No relevant hearings today

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions

  • No relevant hearings today

Senate Committee on Appropriations

  • No relevant hearings today

Senate Committee on Finance

  • Today, the Committee will hold a hearing titled “Drug Pricing in America: A Prescription for Change, Part III”

Bills of Interest

  • A bill was introduced by Rep. Gary Palmer to allow individuals to choose to opt out of the Medicare part A benefit (H.R.2108).
  • A bill was introduced by Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow workers an above-the-line deduction for union dues and expenses and to allow a miscellaneous itemized deduction for workers for all unreimbursed expenses incurred in the trade or business of being an employee (H.R.2103).
  • A bill was introduced by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) to expand the workforce of veterinarians specialized in the care and conservation of wild animals and their ecosystems, and to develop educational programs focused on wildlife and zoological veterinary medicine (H.R.2099).
  • A bill was introduced by Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA) to amend title 38, United States Code, to increase the maximum age for children eligible for medical care under the CHAMPVA program, and for other purposes (H.R.2094).
  • A bill was introduced by Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require certain manufacturers to report drug pricing information with respect to drugs under the Medicare program, and for other purposes (H.R.2087).
  • A bill was introduced by Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL) to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a public health insurance option, and for other purposes (H.R.2085).
  • A bill was introduced by Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide for a Federal, cost-of-living based minimum wage, and for other purposes (H.R.2080).

At the Agencies

Department of Labor:

  • No relevant activities today.

Treasury:

  • No relevant activities today.

SBA:

USTR:

  • No relevant activities today.

Commerce:

  • No relevant activities today.

Links You Can Use

For reviewing legislation and tracking appropriations: www.congress.gov

For reviewing proposed and pending regulation: www.federalregister.gov


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