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Monday, July 28

  • Congressman Yarmuth returns to Washington to begin consideration of several pieces of legislation, including a bill to address the shameful misconduct and long waiting lists for care at VA medical facilities. The House may also consider legislation to provide additional resources to help address the surge of unaccompanied children fleeing violence and arriving at the southern border.
  • Congressman Yarmuth cosponsors H.R. 4888, the Coordinated Recovery Initiative for Babies Act, which assists in combating neonatal abstinence syndrome, the result of babies born addicted to drugs.
  • The House is expected to vote on 16 measures under suspension of the rules, including H.R. 2952, which requires the Department of Homeland Security to create a research-and-development strategy for key infrastructure security technologies.


Tuesday, July 29

  • Members of the Democratic Caucus meet to discuss legislative strategy.
  • 10:00 AM: The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power holds a hearing entitled, “FERC Perspectives: Questions Concerning EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan and Other Grid Reliability Challenges.”
  • 10:15 AM:  The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade holds a hearing to examine ways nanotechnology can drive innovation.
  • Congressman Yarmuth meets with constituents and local representatives from the Christ Church United Methodist Youth Group and the University of Kentucky Student Government Association.
  • The House is expected to vote on six measures under suspension of the rules, including H.R. 4994, which creates a system to standardize and collect post-acute care assessment data to improve quality, payment, and discharge planning under Medicare.
  • The House is also expected to consider H.R. 4315, which requires the Interior and Commerce departments to make data used to determine endangered species publicly available online. The bill also changes the awarding of attorneys’ fees under the Endangered Species Act, undermining provisions designed to preserve citizens’ ability to protect or recover endangered or threatened species under the law.
  • 5:10 PM: Congressman Yarmuth calls in to the Terry Meiners Show on 84-WHAS to discuss his work in Louisville and Washington.


Wednesday, July 30

  • 10:00 AM: The House Committee on Energy and Commerce holds a markup of the following bills: H.R. 3522, the Employee Health Care Protection Act; H.R. 4701, the Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Act of 2014; H.R. 4067,  a bill to provide for the extension of the enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals through 2014; H.R. 3670, the Anti-Spoofing Act of 2013; H.R. 5161, the E-LABEL Act; H.R. 1575, the Kelsey Smith Act; and a bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide for recommendations for the development and use of clinical data registries for the improvement of patient care.
  • The House is expected to consider H. Res. 676, which authorizes Speaker Boehner to file a lawsuit against the Obama Administration for delaying the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. Earlier this month, Congressman Yarmuth called the effort “a taxpayer-funded tantrum and a lawsuit they don’t even want to win.”
  • The House may also consider legislation to address long wait times and misconduct at VA medical facilities.


Thursday, July 31

  • 10:00 AM: The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations holds a hearing to receive updates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Government Accountability Office on implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
  • The House may consider a bill making supplemental appropriations to continue immigration proceedings for children fleeing violence in Central America and arriving without their parents at the southern border.


Friday, August 1

  • The House is not in session.