This Week
in
Washington

Senate

The Senate will consider the nomination Jeffrey Rosen to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation and Rachel Brand to be Associate Attorney General. The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on Rosen’s nomination to be the number two official at the Department of Transportation on March 29, 2017.

A Senate working group formed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has begun its work to craft a Senate bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). McConnell has indicated the Senate will not pass the legislation quickly. The Senate is taking up ACA repeal following House passage of the “American Health Care Act” (H.R. 1628) on May 4.

On May 9, Senate Democrats sent a letter to McConnell and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) calling for a “bipartisan, open and transparent” process. They expressed a willingness to work with Republicans to “improve quality, lower costs, and expand coverage”. Republicans have indicated they will not hold hearings on potential health care reform legislation.

Committees

On May 18, the House Ways and Means Committee’s Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing “to review the current status of the Medicare program, changes needed to Medicare’s payment systems, and Medicare programs that are set to expire before the end of the year.”

On May 17, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Need to Reform FAA and Air Traffic Control to Build a 21st Century Aviation System for America”.