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On the Hill: House Prepares for Recess Amid Budget Consideration

As the U.S. House of Representatives prepares for a two-week recess, Republican leadership likely will not pass their proposed budget resolution before heading home for a district work period.

The controversial budget, which conservatives argue does not cut enough spending, appears short of the votes needed to pass. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called for a delay of the impending recess until the budget resolution is passed. The resolution includes funding for the Flint water crisis in Flint, Mich., the Zika virus outbreak, and opioid abuse.

In committee-related business, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Tuesday held a hearing on the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic. The House Judiciary Committee marked up legislation to reduce medical liability for health care providers. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions continues to move forward with its version of “21st Century Cures” legislation and will hold the final markup for the related collection of bills on April 6.

Meanwhile, this week marks the sixth anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which passed the House with a 219-212 vote on March 21, 2010.

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Jocelyn Wiles is the manager of legislative affairs at America's Essential Hospitals.