Legislative action on the House and Senate floors this week is slow, however last Friday the House passed 21st Century Cures legislation with strong bipartisan support in a 344-77 vote. An amendment that would have made additional funding for the National Institutes of Health discretionary failed to pass. House passage of the bill does not seem to have encouraged the Senate to move more swiftly to complete a similar package. The Senate maintains that it is not likely to take up this legislation until next year.
In committee business, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation held a hearing Tuesday focusing on Medicare Part D program integrity. Also on Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness held a hearing on finding cures for America’s deadly diseases. The Senate Committee on Finance will review issues around the HealthCare.gov website on Thursday.