Regulatory policy

First bill solely related to marijuana policy heads to Biden’s desk

The legislation makes it easier to research medical marijuana and gives doctors more flexibility to talk about the drug with patients. Other congressional reporting on drug pricing, online safety and CDC oversight.

Politics: Congress sends first weed bill to Biden

On Wednesday, the Senate passed a bill to expand medical marijuana research by unanimous consent. The passage of the legislation, which is sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) in their respective chambers, marked a new era in federal cannabis policy. : This is the first standalone marijuana-related bill approved by both houses of Congress. The House passed the bill in July, also by unanimous consent. (Fertig, 11/16)

In other legislative news —

The Wall Street Journal: What GOP control over the House means for inflation, taxes and health care

Republicans won a majority of seats in the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, ending unified Democratic control of Washington and presenting new challenges to President Biden’s legislative agenda. Here’s a look at what a divided government means on key issues. (11/17)

The Hill: Senators introduce bill to cut prescription costs for seniors with chronic conditions

Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) on Wednesday introduced a bill that would allow those enrolled in the All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) program to choose their plan of drug coverage under Medicare Part D and save more on monthly drug costs. PACE is a Medicare/Medicaid program that provides medical and social services through a team of medical professionals that enrollees have regular access to, with the goal of avoiding placement in a nursing home. (Choi, 11/16)

The Hill: Grieving parents push kids’ online safety bills during Lame Duck

Congress has a busy itinerary in the lame duck session, but some grieving parents believe lawmakers should have a clear legislative priority: to protect minors from the harms they say resulted in the deaths of their children. A group of mothers whose child deaths were linked to social media is meeting with lawmakers this week and sent a letter to congressional leaders urging Congress to pass two bills that would add additional regulations governing how tech companies operate. for children and teenagers. The group includes parents of children who died from fentanyl-containing drugs purchased on apps, by suicide after being cyberbullied online and by participating in a dangerous viral ‘choking challenge’. (Klar, 11/16)

The Hill: Coalition calls for increased CDC oversight

The Health Innovation Alliance on Tuesday called on congressional leaders to pass legislation that would increase the accountability of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health agencies. “Not only has the CDC received significant additional funding for the COVID-19 response, but the agency has failed to update and modernize its response plans and systems as required by Congress in 2006, and again twice since,” the band executive said. Director Joel White wrote in a letter to key lawmakers. (Muller, 16/11)

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