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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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