President May Highlight Obamacare Successes in State of the Union Address
On Tuesday, January 12, President Barack Obama will give his final State of the Union address to Congress. While details of the speech have yet to be released, last week, the President vetoed Congress’s budget reconciliation bill, which aimed to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and defund Planned Parenthood. The President is thus expected to utilize Tuesday’s address to highlight successes of his signature health care reform law.
This Week’s Hearings:
- Tuesday, January 12: The House Committee on the Judiciary will hold a markup of several bills, including H.R. 1854, the Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act of 2015, which seeks to foster collaboration among criminal justice, juvenile justice, veterans treatment services, mental health treatment, and substance abuse systems.
- Tuesday, January 12: The House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition will hold a hearing titled “Past, Present, and Future of SNAP: Addressing Special Populations.”
- Tuesday, January 12: The Senate Committee on Armed Services will hold a hearing titled “Defense Health Care Reform.”
- Tuesday, January 12: The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) will hold a markup to vote on the nomination of Robert Califf to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.