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On the Hill: Senate to Consider Tax Extenders, Burwell Nomination, VA Hospitals

The House is in recess this week, but the Senate remains in session and will consider Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden’s (D-OR) tax extenders legislation passed by the committee last month. The legislation, Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act, would extend a variety of tax provisions that expired or will expire by the end of the year. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill would cut federal government revenue by $81.3 billion over 10 years.

On Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee will hold the formal confirmation hearing for Sylvia Matthews Burwell, who is nominated for secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The committee will vote on her nomination, and she could be confirmed by the entire Senate as early as the end of this week.

On Thursday, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will hold a hearing regarding claims that U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals delayed care, leading to deaths of at least some patients. The committee subpoenaed VA Secretary Eric Shinseki last week.

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Walsh is the senior manager of legislative affairs for America's Essential Hospitals.

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