Washington Update

Our weekly update on Congress

This week The House passed the “Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017” (H.R. 1101); and the “Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017” (H.R. 372). The House did not vote on the “American Health Care Act of 2017” (H.R. 1628).

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This week The House passed the “VA Accountability First Act of 2017” (H.R. 1259); the “Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act” (H.R. 1881); and H.R. 1367, to improve the authority of the VA Secretary to hire and retain physicians and other employees.

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This week The House passed the “Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017” (H.R. 720); the “Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017” (H.R. 985); the “Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017” (H.R. 1301); and the “Innocent Party Protection Act” (H.R. 725).

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This week The House passed the “OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act” (H.R. 1009); the “SCRUB Act” (H.R. 998); the “Regulatory Integrity Act of 2017” (H.R. 1004); and H.J.Res. 83, to disapprove of the Department of Labor rule relating to “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness.”

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This week The House was in recess.

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This week The House approved the “Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act” (H.R. 428); H.J.Res. 66, to disapprove of the Department of Labor relating to savings arrangements established by States for non-governmental employees; H.J. Res. 42, to disapprove of the rule relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants; H.J.Res. 67, to disapprove of the Department of Labor rule relating to savings arrangements established by qualified State political subdivisions for non-governmental employees; H.J.Res. 69, to disapprove of the final rule of the Department of the Interior relating to “Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska”; and H.J.Res. 43, to disapprove of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting sub-recipients.

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