LPA Government Affairs
The LPA provides legislative and regulatory advocacy as added value to its member companies. Check back here frequently for more details and updates from Capitol Hill. If you would like to get involved with the Government Affairs Committee, please email Angie Errera.

LPA Government Affairs Update 9-8-23 - Updates on SNAP and CHIPS 

LPA Government Affairs Update 8-23-23 - ARPA-H Funds Cancer Moonshot Program

LPA Government Affairs Update 8-1-23 - July Regulatory Tracker

LPA Government Affairs Update 7-26-23 - PFAS Update

LPA Government Affairs Update 6-13-23 - The EPA has extended the comment period for the draft national plastic pollution plan.  (See Draft National Strategy to Prevent Plastic Pollution: Extension of Comment Period) The new deadline is July 31. 

LPA Government Affairs Update 6-2-23 - May Regulatory Tracker

LPA Government Affairs Update 6-1-23 - R&D Spending to be Affected by Debt Ceiling Deal

LPA Government Affairs Update 5-10-23 - Canada to name foreign labs and universities national security risks

LPA Government Affairs Update 5-5-23 - The White House announced that CDC Director Walensky is to resign in June. 

LPA Government Affairs Update 5-3-23 - TSCA Regulation re: methylene chloride

LPA Government Affairs Update 4-4-23 - National Cancer Plan - R&D funding, etc.

LPA Government Affairs Update 4-3-23 - March Regulatory Tracker

LPA Government Affairs Update 3-30-23 - FY2024 Budget Update

LPA Government Affairs Update 3-14-23 - EPA proposes PFAS Drinking Water Regulation

LPA Government Affairs Update 3-10-23 - President’s FY 2024 Budget Highlights

LPA Government Affairs Update 3-2-23 - EPA Regulatory Trackers

LPA Government Affairs Update 2-21-23 - Cancer Moonshot Update

LPA Government Affairs Update Webinar - 1-31-23 - Presentation Slides and Full Zoom Recording

LPA Government Affairs Update 1-10-23 - The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule restricting the use of certain hydrofluorocarbons in aerosols, foams, and refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pump products and equipment. 

The rule would prohibit the manufacture and import of certain HFCs (see the attached document) on January 1, 2025, and prohibit the sale, distribution, or export of those HFCs on January 1, 2026. In addition to these prohibitions, EPA proposes additional labeling, reporting, and recordkeeping requirements for companies that import, manufacture, sell, or offer for sale products using HFCs. Click HERE to view the letter that was recently submitted to EPA Administrator, Michael Regan and posted to the Federal Register. Click HERE for the EPA Factsheet. 

LPA Government Affairs Update 1-5-23 - FY23 Omni Funding

LPA Government Affairs Update 12-20-22 - PREVENT Pandemics Act Update

LPA Government Affairs Update 12-15-22 - Legislative Update on the National Defense Authorization Act and FY2023 omnibus appropriations package

LPA Government Affairs Update 12-7-22 - Tax Extenders Update

LPA Government Affairs Update 11-30-22 - EPA request for comment – PFAS reporting and recordkeeping

LPA Government Affairs Update 11-8-22 - Ford, Dell, Netflix CFOs Call on Congress for R&D Break

LPA Government Affairs Update 11-4-22 - Biden-⁠Harris Administration Makes Historic Investment in America’s National Labs, Announces Net-Zero Game Changers Initiative

LPA Government Affairs Update 10-17-22 - Important PFAS update

LPA Government Affairs Update 10-11-22 - EPA Regulatory Tracker September-October

LPA Government Affairs Update 8-15-22 - Lobbyists move to make relationships with ARPA-H decision makers

LPA Government Affairs Update 7-14-22EPA Reg Tracker June-July

LPA Government Affairs Update 5-9-22 - NIH Appropriations Hearing - May 11

LPA Government Affairs Update 4-4-22 - EPA regulatory tracker

LPA Government Affairs Update 3-17-22NIH’s base budget is increasing roughly $2 billion to just under $45 billion

LPA Government Affairs Update 2-28-22 - EPA regulatory tracker

LPA Government Affairs Update 2-24-22 - Animal health labs seek out diagnostic supplies

LPA Government Affairs Update 1-25-22 - First EPA regulatory tracker of the new year

LPA Government Affairs Update 1-18-22 - 2022 Trade Policy Preview provides an overview of key trade issues we expect to be priorities for the Biden administration in 2022

LPA Government Affairs Update 1-3-22 - Between the upcoming Supreme Court case of the vaccine mandates, the spread of Omicron, and increased calls from the Biden Administration for test kits, we will likely be seeing the federal government intervene on any existing commercial testing kit orders. 

LPA Government Affairs Update 12-17-2021 -  EPA Regulatory Tracker 

LPA Government Affairs Update 12-9-2021 - Highlights include a Letter to Pelosi, Lab Space, and Vaccine Mandates

LPA EPA Regulatory Tracker 11-19-21 - Standards of Performance for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources and Emissions Guidelines for Existing Sources: Oil and Natural Gas Sector Climate Review

LPA Government Affairs Update 11-18-21A brief update for LPA members on the House and Senate’s efforts to pass the China Competition package. S. 1260 – Endless Frontier Act

LPA Government Affairs Update 10-14-21 - Read the latest regulatory tracker, including a few relevant press releases from the EPA which outline the agency’s policy approach for the next four years under the Biden-Harris administration.

LPA Government Affairs Update 9-13-21 - Information on the Sec. 138101. Increase in Corporate Tax Rate

LPA Government Affairs Update 8-25-21 - Mercury will track EPA press releases and regulations, including pre-rules, proposed rules and final rules, on a regular basis and provide an aggregated memo to LPA members as needed. EPA Regulatory Tracking Memo

LPA Government Affairs Update 7-22-21PFAS bill, H.R. 2467 – The “PFAS Action Act” of 2021

LPA Government Affairs Update 6-24-21 - Contains information on Biden's Regulatory and Deregulatory Agenda

LPA Government Affairs Update 6-17-21EPA’s FY 2022 Budget Request

LPA Government Affairs Update 6-14-21Biden Administration’s report on their 100-Day review of critical U.S. supply chains

LPA Government Affairs Update 6-9-21 - LPA EPA Regulatory Tracking
Phasedown of Hydrofluorocarbons: Establishing the Allowance Allocation and Trading Program Under the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act

LPA Government Affairs Update 4-23-21 - Regarding the need to fulfill health-related orders as part of the Defense Priorities and Allocation System (DPAS)

LPA Government Affairs Update 3-26-21 - LPA Regulatory Alert – PIP 3:1

LPA Government Affairs Update 1-22-21 - HHS and LPA Research Inquiries Memo

LPA Government Affairs Update 1-20-21 - FACT SHEET: President-elect Biden’s Day One Executive Actions Deliver Relief for Families Across America Amid Converging Crises and Biden’s First Day Actions, President Biden's 17 Executive Orders - Day 1

LPA Government Affairs Webinar with Rob Smith - August 13: Federal Legislative Update

LPA Government Affairs Webinar with Rob Smith - June 24: Federal Legislative Update

LPA Government Affairs Webinar with Rob Smith - May 8: Federal Legislative Update

LPA Government Affairs Update 3-6-2020 - Coronavirus Funding Over 8 Billion

LPA Government Affairs Update 2-13-20 (Click here to listen to the recording)- LPA Members were invited to listen in and participate in the government affairs update given by Rob Smith of Mercury LLC 

LPA Government Affairs Update 2-12-20 - Trump’s 2021 Budget

LPA Government Affairs Update 2-6-20 - U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

LPA Government Affairs Update 1-15-20 - Pot Imports Grow as U.S. Stalls on Research: Cannabis Weekly

LPA Government Affairs Update 12-18-19 - The attached document outlines the FY20 federal agency spending levels to be enacted by the end of this week. The agencies listed align with those outlined in Rob's presentation at the annual meeting in Napa. 

LPA Government Affairs Update 12-16-19 - The Medical Device Tax is slated to be repealed this week as part of a funding bill expected to be passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump.

LPA Government Affairs Update 9-24-10 - The House HHS Appropriations Subcommittee hosted a hearing on federal investments in medical research at five institutes and centers within NIH. If you would like to watch the hearing, there will be a live stream posted on the following link. The link is archived as well for your weekend viewing pleasure. Notes on relevant information discussed during the hearing are available by clicking here.

LPA Government Affairs Update 8-14-19 (Click here to listen to the recording)- LPA Members were invited to listen in and participate in the government affairs update given by Rob Smith of Mercury LLC 

LPA Government Affairs Update 5-23-19What follows is an update on recent activity concerning the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), since the announcement by President Trump of a deal to lift the tariffs for steel and aluminum that were in effect for Canada and Mexico, on May 17, 2019.

Government Affairs Update from the LPA Spring Meeting - 5-7-19

LPA Government Affairs Update 3-14-19

LPA Government Affairs Update 2-15-19

LPA Government Affairs Update 1-11-19

LPA Government Affairs Update 9-28-18- Proposition 65 Update

LPA Government Affairs Update 9-14-18- The House passed H.R. 5895, a large appropriations package covering the Departments of Energy and Veterans Affairs, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Capitol complex, and water projects.

LPA Government Affairs Update 8-14-18- Trade update on tariffs for LPA. This update contains links to the various lists of Chinese-origin goods and steel and aluminum goods subject to additional tariffs.

In addition, attached are the written comments from Leica Biosystems (LBS), which petitioned for the removal of 9027.90.20, HTSUS (microtomes) from List 2 of the Section 301 tariffs against Chinese goods.  Among the arguments made by LBS were the potential negative effects of the tariffs on U.S. customers (like hospitals, clinics, and medical businesses) as well as on humanitarian-focused medical research.  The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) removed the subheading from List 2.

LPA Government Affairs Update 7-23-18-
EPA Publishes Notification Clarifying Applicability of 2015 SNAP Final Rule on HFCs and Announcing Plan to Promulgate New Rule

LPA Government Affairs Update 6-29-18- Today the Senate Appropriations Committee passed the FY19 Labor-HHS spending bill by a vote of 30-1. The $179.3 billion bill provides around $2 billion more than the House version and includes $90.1 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Health and Human Services.

LPA Government Affairs Update 6-22-18- Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act- the Senate failed to approve a motion to discharge for the $15 billion rescissions package, keeping the measure from moving directly to floor debate without being subjected to consideration by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The House debated and voted on H.R. 3, a rescissions package proposed by the White House

Committees in the House and Senate held hearings to examine the EPA budget for FY19

President Trump Proposes Historic $15 Billion in Common-Sense Spending Reductions - President Donald J. Trump submitted to Congress the first installment of common-sense rescissions of government spending, using his authority under the 1974 Impoundment Control Act (ICA). Package is First in a Series to Address Out-of-Control Government Spending.

FDA Budget Hearing - The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and FDA hearing to examine the FDA’s budget request for FY19.

LPA Government Affairs Update 4-11-18 - NIH Budget Hearing

LPA Government Affairs Update 4-3-18 - Updates on Appropriations, Opioids, and Healthcare

LPA Government Affairs Update 3-8-18 - Update on the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (Prop 65) of California summary of the law and regulatory changes effective August 30th.
Click here to see the Prop 65 chemical list.

LPA Government Affairs Update 3-5-18 - Updates on Appropriations, Health and Human Services, Opioids, and Healthcare

LPA Government Affairs Update 2-12-18 - Updates on the White House; Dept. of Health & Human Services nominations, NIH Funding, FDA Jurisdiction; Healthcare; Dept. of Agriculture Farm Bill

LPA Government Affairs Update 1-24-18 - Updates on Congress, Budget & Appropriations, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Opioid Crisis

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Primers:

Tax Reform and Medical Device Tax Update from Venable

LPA Government Affairs Update 12-18-17 - Tax reform and appropriations

LPA Government Affairs Update 12-6-17 - Appropriations, Children’s Health Insurance Program, Tax Reform, Department of Health and Human Services, Opioid Epidemic, and Congress – Upcoming Hearings

Topics of Interest Memo- LPA membership recently provided the Government Affairs Committee with a number of topics of interest on which they requested more information. This memorandum provides background on these topics of interest and responds to questions, if any, associated with that issue.

Comparing the House passed HR1 and Senate Finance versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs

LPA Government Affairs Update 7-31-17 - NIH funding, Committee Investigations, FDA Reauthorization, EPA Funding, Healthcare Reform, and Healthcare Cybersecurity

LPA Government Affairs Update 7-18-17 - NIH Funding, FDA Funding, FDA Reauthorization, EPA Funding, and Healthcare Reform

LPA Government Affairs Update 6-19-17 - Upcoming hearings, Agency nominations, FY 2018 Proposed Budget, NIH Updates, FDA Device Fees, and American Health Care Act Updates

LPA Government Affairs Update 6-5-17FY 2018 Proposed Budget, NIH Updates, FDA Updates, AHCA Updates, and Border Adjustment Tax

LPA Government Affairs Update 5-9-17 - Senate Confirms Gottlieb for FDA

LPA Government Affairs Update 4-3-17 - Key Nominations, Fiscal 2017/2018 Budget, House/Senate, and ACA/ACHA Updates

LPA News Release on NIH Funding

LPA Announces 2017 Capitol Hill Day

LPA Government Afffairs Update 12-13-16 - The Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 94-5 last week. The bill had previously passed the House by a vote of 392 to 26.  A copy of the bill found here: https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/hr34/BILLS-114hr34enr.pdf The bill was signed by the President on December 13th.

The 21st Century Cures Bill

News Release on CURES Act 12-16

LPA Government Affairs Update 11-28-16 - Welcome to the 114th Lame Duck

LPA Government Affairs Update 9-12-16 - Congress returned September 6th from a 7-week summer recess ready to work on several pieces of legislation.

LPA Bi-Weekly Bulletin v.8 - Congress returned from the Fourth of July recess on July 5th to continue its work on several appropriation bills that would fund the government for FY2017. Of the twelve bills needed to be completed, Congress has yet to enact one into law.

LPA Bi-Weekly Bulletin v.7 - We will continue to see a lot of activity with appropriations bills and Zika virus funding with lawmakers continued focus on passing large pieces of legislation, such as an energy bill and the Cures Act.

LPA Bi-Weekly Bulletin v.6 - Appropriations season is in full throttle and a few bills have begun to move in both chambers, with both the House of Representative and the Senate moving legislation to fund the FDA, medical product safety activities and emergency funding for the Zika virus (although each chamber is considering different bills and levels of funding).

LPA Bi-Weekly Bulletin v.5 - Congress has been holding hearings on the President’s FY2017 budget request and recently began marking up the some of the 12 appropriation bills. 

LPA Bi-Weekly Bulletin v.4 - Earlier this week the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held its third and final markup of legislation intended to foster biomedical innovation and complement the House of Representative’s 21st Century Cures Act, which was passed last summer. The Committee considered five bills.

LPA Bi-Weekly Bulletin v.3 - The Obama Administration recently released its $4.1 trillion budget request for FY2017

LPA Bi-Weekly Bulletin v.2 - Senate HELP Committee Announces it will Vote on Separate Smaller Bills, Rather than a Companion to the House 21st Century Cures Act

LPA Bi-Weekly Bulletin v.1 - The first of many bi-weekly bulletins provided by Venable LLP, containing valuable insight into government affairs.

LPA White Paper on Exports of Laboratory Products to Cuba (July 2016)

LPA White Paper on Exports of Laboratory Products to Iran (July 2016)

2016 LPA Capitol Hill Day - Information on the LPA Hill Day can be found by clicking here.

LPA Government Affairs Update 1-6-­2016 - Update on the just released FDA draft guidance outlining some cases where medical devices may not need to contain a unique device identifier.

LPA Government Affairs Update 12-17-­2015 - Update on the omnibus spending bill and tax extenders package, which the House of Representatives just released. The House is likely to vote on the combined package Thursday and the Senate will vote either Friday or over the weekend.                       





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