Weekly Healthcare Update for July 28, 2014

Weekly Recap

Both chambers of Congress were in session last week, as lawmakers looked to complete work on several legislative priorities before the upcoming August recess. Last Friday, the House voted 237-173 to pass legislation (H.R. 4935) to overhaul the child tax credit by requiring applicants to provide their Social Security numbers. Separately, the House voted 370-40 to approve a resolution (H.Con.Res.105) requiring Congressional authorization for a sustained presence of combat troops in Iraq. On Thursday, the House voted 205-207 to narrowly defeat a motion to adopt a Senate-passed VA reform bill (H.R. 3230). That same day, the House voted 227-187 for legislation (H.R. 3393) to provide a tax credit for higher education expenses. House members also approved a package of bills to combat human trafficking and voted 405-11 to pass student loan counseling legislation (H.R. 4984). Last Wednesday, the House voted 414-0 for legislation (H.R.

Weekly Healthcare Update for July 21, 2014

Weekly Recap

Healthcare remained a dominant topic on Capitol Hill last week, punctuated by a bitter debate in the Senate over the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby ruling. On Wednesday, lawmakers failed to advance a bill (S. 2578) that would require companies to provide contraceptive coverage in their employee healthcare plans. The Senate voted 56-43 against invoking cloture on the legislation, falling short of the 60 votes needed to move the bill forward. Senate Democrats introduced the bill to reverse the effects of last month’s Supreme Court ruling, which found that the government could not mandate that certain employers provide birth control coverage if it conflicts with their religious beliefs.

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