Gingrich to skip invite to Capitol Hill

Gingrich to skip invite to Capitol Hill
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Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) will not make a requested appearance on Capitol Hill next week as speculation swirls that he may be selected as Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSenate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale Crenshaw slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists' Senate confirms Biden's nominee to lead Customs and Border Protection MORE's running mate.

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Rep. Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessDemocrats livid over GOP's COVID-19 attacks on Biden Maintaining the doctor-patient relationship is the cornerstone of the U.S. health care system Burgess: Artificial intelligence key for future diabetic care MORE (R-Texas), who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee's trade subcommittee, said on Wednesday that he hoped Gingrich would attend a hearing on health applications next Wednesday.

“That’s the plan,” Burgess (R-Texas) said at the time, before cautioning that "a lot" could happen in the week before the hearing.

An Energy and Commerce spokesman said the committee learned Thursday that Gingrich would not attend because of a scheduling conflict.

The buzz over Gingrich's possible appearance comes as he is being vetted to run alongside Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president. He also campaigned with Trump on Wednesday.

He has previously been an active defender of Trump in the press.

The former lawmaker's interest in health apps is established. He has a tie to a fund investing in health technology, according to a report this year.

“We see these breakthroughs on smartphones in every field,” he wrote in a March op-ed. “In healthcare, however, there is a growing effort by the existing, expensive systems to defend old, costly, less convenient, and slower methods by simply outlawing most of the competition, as the state of Texas recently has done to telemedicine overall.”