House members this week continued efforts to elect a new speaker. As of this writing, the GOP nominee, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), was unable to muster the majority he needed to secure the speaker’s gavel.
Jordan failed to win the speakership on a first ballot Tuesday, with 20 Republican lawmakers voting against him. He received 200 votes, while House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) won 212 votes. It was unclear how much progress his nomination would make on subsequent votes.
Committee Action This Week
The House Committee on Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee will hold a hearing, “Protecting Beneficiaries from the Harm of Improper Payments,” on Oct. 18, at 2 pm ET. The Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee will hold a hearing Oct. 19, at 10 am ET, titled, “Investigating Pandemic Fraud: Preventing History from Repeating Itself.” The committee also postponed a field hearing that was to be hosted by essential hospital and association member, ECU Health, in Greenville, N.C., on Oct. 17, titled, “Access to Health Care in America: Challenges in Rural and Underserved Communities.” That field hearing likely will be rescheduled soon.
The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Oct. 19, at 10:30 am ET, titled, “Exposing EPA Efforts to Limit Chemicals Needed for Life-Saving Medical Devices and Other Essential Products.” The committee also will hold a legislative hearing, “What’s the Prognosis?: Examining Medicare Proposals to Improve Patient Access to Care & Minimize Red Tape for Doctors,” Oct. 19, at 10 am ET.
The Senate Committee on Finance will hold a hearing Oct. 19, at 10 am ET, “Medicare Advantage Annual Enrollment: Cracking Down on Deceptive Practices and Improving Senior Experiences.”
The Senate Committee on the Budget will hold a hearing Oct. 18, at 10 am ET, titled, “Improving Care, Lowering Costs: Achieving Health Care Efficiency.”
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