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April 15, 2000
SECTION: OUTLOOK; Pg. 1210; Vol. 32, No.16
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House: Approved a bipartisan patients' rights bill
(H.R. 2723) on
Oct. 7, 1999, 275-151, then merged it with an insurance
bill (H.R. 2990).
Senate: Approved S.
1344 with narrower reforms favored by
health insurers on July 15, 1999,
Outlook: With the House going on a two-week
leaders will miss their target deadline of completing work on
bill by late April. Staff-level talks seem to be yielding
compromises on access to obstetricians and specialty care. The
remaining obstacles: the patient appeals process and the
House: Approved H.R. 833 on May 5,
Senate: Approved amended version of
H.R. 833 on Feb. 2,
leaders report no apparent progress in
untangling their bankruptcy bill from
amendments raising the
minimum wage, even though talks with the House on a
measure could move quickly. Some pro-industry lawmakers worry
that a stripped-down bankruptcy bill would attract tough
bills to cut federal gasoline taxes to the Ways
and Means Committee.
Senate: Refused to end debate on S. 2285 on April
56, effectively killing the bill.
Outlook: Strong bipartisan opposition embarrassed Senate
Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., whose proposal to
temporarily cut fuel taxes and
tap the budget surplus to fill
funding gaps in highway projects was
conference agreement on H.Con.Res. 290 on April
Senate: Approved conference agreement on April 13.
Outlook: Republican leaders cheered passage of a final
2001 budget resolution, which included nearly $ 4 billion
extra for defense,
$ 20 billion for a Medicare drug plan, and at
least $ 150 billion for tax
cuts, before the April 15 deadline.
But appropriators face the sobering job
of drafting spending
bills that will cut key programs.
MARRIAGE PENALTY TAX RELIEF
House: Approved H.R. 6 on Feb. 10,
Senate: Began floor debate on S. 2346 on
Outlook: Democrats slowed work this week
on the Senate
bill because they wanted to offer a scaled-back alternative,
amendments that would add a Medicare prescription drug benefit
pay down the debt. Democrats say married couples deserve tax
they see the GOP versions as excessive and likely to
House: Approved H.R. 2418 on
April 4, 275-147.
Senate: Health, Education, Labor,
and Pensions Committee
approved S. 2366 on April 12, 18-0.
Outlook: Thanks to a bipartisan compromise negotiated
Clinton Administration, the Senate may resolve the two-
year power struggle
over control of the nation's organ transplant
programs. But that means
persuading the House to hand back
significant power to the Health and Human
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