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Policy News - February 26, 2019

February 26, 2019


Today, the House Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, “SBA Capital Access Programs.” The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing on holding credit bureaus accountable. The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs will hold a hearing on the semiannual Monetary Policy Report. The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Drug Pricing in America: A Prescription for Change, Part II.” The House Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Leveraging Private Capital for Underserved Communities and Individuals: A Look into Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).” The House Appropriations Committee will also hold a hearing about the Congressional Budget Office, FY 2020 budget request.

 

On February 27th, the House Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, “Supporting America’s Startups: Review of SBA Entrepreneurial Development Programs.” The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing on the overview of diversity trends in the financial services industry. The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship will hold a hearing titled, “Made in China 2025 and the Future of American Industry.” The House Financial Services Committee will also hold a hearing on monetary policy and the state of the economy. On February 28th, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs will hold a hearing titled, “Legislative Proposals on Capital Formation and Corporate Governance.”

 

On Capitol Hill

 

Floor proceedings

 

House: in session

 • The House will consider the bills listed for consideration under suspension of the Rules.

 

Senate: in session

Committee proceedings

House Committee on Small Business

 • Today, the Committee will hold a hearing titled, “SBA Capital Access Programs.”

• On February 27th, the Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Supporting America’s Startups: Review of SBA Entrepreneurial Development Programs.

 

Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

 • On February 27th, the Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Made in China 2025 and the Future of American Industry.”

 

House Financial Services Committee

• Today, the Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Who’s Keeping Score? Holding Credit Bureaus Accountable and Repairing a Broken System.”

• On February 27th, the Committee will hold a hearing titled, “An Overview of Diversity Trends in the Financial Services Industry.”

• On February 27th, the Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy.”

 

Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

 • Today, the Committee will hold a hearing titled, “The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress.”

• On February 28th, the Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Legislative Proposals on Capital Formation and Corporate Governance.”

 

Senate Committee on Finance

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

 

House Appropriations Committee

 • Today, the Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Leveraging Private Capital for Underserved Communities and Individuals: A Look into Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).”

• On February 26th the Committee will hold a hearing about the Congressional Budget Office, FY 2020 budget request.

 

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

 • On March 5th, the Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Vaccines Save Lives: What Is Driving Preventable Disease Outbreaks?”

 

Bills of Interest

 • A bill was introduced in the House Committee on Education and Labor to repeal the wage rate requirements commonly known as the Davis-Bacon Act. H.R.1319

 

• A bill was introduced in the House Committee on Ways and Means to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend the floor on the area wage index under the inpatient prospective payment system to certain sole community hospitals and to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide eligibility for certain sole community hospitals to discounted drug prices under the 340B drug pricing program. H.R.1323

 

At the Agencies

Department of Labor:

 • The Department of Labor and Montana construction contractor signed a partnership to enhance employee safety and health.

 

Treasury:

 • The U.S. Department of the Treasury released a statement clarifying the IRS tax filing season data.

 

SBA: 

• No relevant activities today.

 

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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