The Week Ahead
Tuesday, March 11
- Congressman Yarmuth returns to Washington to begin consideration of several measures, including legislation to repeal the standard growth rate used to determine Medicare payment rates for physicians.
- Congressman Yarmuth meets with constituents and local representatives from the Laborers’ International Union of North America, the Louisville Apartment Association, the Kentucky Psychology Association, the National Association of Postal Supervisors, and the American Urological Association.
- 5:10 PM: Congressman Yarmuth calls in to Terry Meiners on 84-WHAS to update listeners on his work in Louisville and Washington.
- The House will vote on eight measures under suspension of the rules, including H. Res. 499, a resolution calling for additional sanctions against Russia if it continues its course in Crimea; and H.R. 3979, which would restate current policy that work hours of volunteers at tax-exempt nonprofits do not count toward the threshold for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Wednesday, March 12
- Members of the Democratic Caucus meet to discuss legislative strategy.
- Congressman Yarmuth meets with constituents and local representatives from the Transit Authority of River City (TARC), the Kentucky Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
- 2:00 PM: The House Budget Committee will hear testimony from Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on the President’s FY2015 budget proposal.
- The House is expected to consider H.R. 3973, which would require Executive Branch agencies to consult Congress when implementing laws; and H.R. 4138, which would allow either chamber of Congress to sue the Executive Branch for failing to execute existing laws. The Supreme Court has consistently held that a President’s administration may exercise some discretion in implementing laws.
Thursday, March 13
- 2:00 PM: The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade holds a hearing on improving sports safety.
- Congressman Yarmuth meets with constituents and local representatives from the Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association and the Association of American Railroads, and students from the Louisville Collegiate School.
- The House is expected to vote on H.R. 3189, which would bar federal agencies from requiring private entities to relinquish water rights as a condition of using public lands. This is currently the policy of the U.S. Forest Service and pertains largely to ski resorts, for whom water rights enable snowmaking and often increase the overall value of companies. This overly broad legislation could also have an adverse impact on common federal land-use matters, such as hydropower licensing and National Parks activities.
Friday, March 14
- Congressman Yarmuth meets with constituents and local representatives from the Kentucky Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Kentucky Parent Teacher Association.
- The House is expected to vote on H.R. 4015, legislation to repeal the standard growth rate for Medicare payments to physicians. As introduced, this bipartisan legislation would create a new payment system – beginning in 2018 – in which physicians could choose to either to participate in a merit-based system that would reward overall performance or a group-oriented model that moves away from traditional fee-for-service payments. House Republicans are considering attaching an amendment to delay the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate by 10 years, jeopardizing support for the bill and significantly increasing the likelihood that the current SGR formula remains in place, resulting in a 24 percent reduction in Medicare payments to doctors on April 1.