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 TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE's running mate.

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Rep. Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessHouse Dems to mull bills to overturn Trump ObamaCare actions Overnight Health Care: House set to vote on bill targeting drug companies for overcharging Medicaid | Dems press Trump officials on pre-existing conditions | Tobacco giant invests .8B in Canadian marijuana grower GOP struggles to find right Republican for Rules 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.”