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On the Hill: Congress Works To Ensure FY 2017 Funding

This week, Congress continues efforts to reach an agreement for a continuing resolution to keep the federal government running beyond Sept. 30.

At stake is funding to combat the Zika virus, among several other policy issues that have kept the measure from moving forward. Senate leaders expected a deal as early as Sept. 20, but have yet to reach an agreement.

In committee business, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce is schedule to mark up eight bills Sept. 20 and 21, including six health-related measures. In addition, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a hearing on Sept. 21 about the rising cost of the EpiPen.

Meanwhile, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions was scheduled to mark up several bills, including a measure on access to emergency medications, but the session has been postponed.

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

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