Week ahead: House returns to healthcare-stuffed agenda

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Speaking of healthcare reform, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) will deliver a major speech Tuesday to spell out his conference’s policy agenda for the coming legislative session.

Cantor will likely discuss President Obama’s healthcare law and House Republicans’ strategy for opposing it, either through isolated measures — voting to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board, for example — or with more votes on fully repealing it. The speech will take place at the American Enterprise Institute.

Tuesday will also bring several hearings of interest to the healthcare world: the House Oversight Committee will look at waste in the federal budget, and the House Education and Workforce Committee will examine challenges facing U.S. workplaces, including employer mandates.

On the Senate side, the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution will look at proposals to reduce gun violence in a hearing that could touch on mental health treatment.

Later Tuesday, NARAL Pro-Choice America will mark the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision with a dinner at the Washington Hilton hotel. Among the speakers will be Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for Obama, and Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.).

Lawmakers will turn their attention Wednesday to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) at a discussion hosted by Reps. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) and Joe Heck (R-Nev.) in the Longworth House Office Building. The two lawmakers are planning to reintroduce their SGR repeal bill this week.

And back at the start of the week, the House will consider three health-related bills under suspension on Monday: H.R. 297, to reauthorize a program that supports medical residency programs in children’s hospitals; H.R. 235, to make it easier for some military veterans to become emergency medical technicians; and H.R. 225, to allow the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund pediatric research networks. Votes will take place at 6:30 p.m.

Also on Monday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will deliver remarks at the 2013 Academy Health National Health Policy Conference in downtown Washington.