Congress reconvenes: What's on the agenda for healthcare

Government funding, guns and prescription drug costs are all on the agenda for Congress, which reconvened Sept. 9 after its August recess, according to The Washington Post

Three notes:

  1. Government funding runs out Sept. 30, meaning Congress has three weeks to pass 12 bills that will fund federal agencies, including HHS. The House has passed 10 of the 12 bills, but the Senate hasn't voted on any yet, according to The Washington Post. The House is expected to vote on a stopgap measure the week of Sept. 16 to extend the timeline.
  2. Recent mass shootings have increased calls for gun control legislation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is waiting for a plan from the White House before taking up any bills in the Senate, however. The Trump administration is expected to have a package ready in a couple weeks, according to the report. 
  3. Both parties and President Donald Trump want to lower drug prices. House Democrats are working on a bill that would authorize the government to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies, but may have to compromise to pass it, according to the report. 

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