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On The Hill: Senate Returns to D.C.; COVID-19 Hearings on Tap

The Senate returns to Washington this week with reduced staff and visitor restrictions. Senators are expected to move to confirm administrative nominees as debate continues on an additional COVID-19 supplemental legislative package.

The House will reconvene next week after postponing a planned May 4 return.

COVID-19 Hearings This Week

While the House has not formally returned to session, some committees still will conduct business. The House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies will hold a May 6 hearing on COVID-19 response efforts. Witnesses include former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden and Caitlin Rivers, with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will examine new COVID-19 testing during a May 7 hearing. Witnesses will include Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, and Gary Disbrow, acting director of the Biomedical Advanced Research And Development Authority.

Association Webinars

America’s Essential Hospitals will host a May 6 webinar, at 2 pm ET, that will examine new federal flexibility on workforce requirements and how hospitals can respond to the unique staffing challenges posed by the COVID-19 response.

Additionally, a May 7 webinar, at 2 pm ET, will examine new federal guidance on a phased-in path to resume certain surgeries and procedures canceled because of COVID-19.

Webinars are open to all association members.

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Nikki Hurt is a manager of legislative affairs at America's Essential Hospitals.

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