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 John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE's running mate.

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Rep. Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessBipartisan House panel leaders ask agencies for maternal mortality data Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Sanders to roll out 'Medicare for all' bill | Dems target Juul over Altria ties | Measles cases spike nationwide GOP rep who supports lowering voting age: 'It's on us' if 16-year-olds vote Democratic 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.”