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.

Weekly Healthcare Update for July 14, 2014

Last week, the House passed a fiscal 2015 Energy and Water spending bill (H.R. 4923), marking the midway point in the chamber’s appropriations process for fiscal 2015. The House has passed five other fiscal 2015 appropriations bills while the Senate has yet to approve any spending bills due to a partisan stalemate over amendments. In other floor activity, the House voted 258-160 for legislation (H.R. 4718) to make bonus depreciation tax breaks permanent. On Wednesday, the House ratified the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act by a 415-6 vote, sending the measure to President Obama’s desk.

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