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Amendment killing nationally legal cannabis makes it into House farm bill

Amendment killing nationally legal cannabis makes it into House farm bill

A ban on intoxicating hemp products has made it into the House version of the farm bill. If the amendment makes it through a polarized House and divided Congress, it would end America’s brief experiment with nationally legal cannabis. The language added to the House version of the farm bill by Rep. Mary Miller (R-Ill.) in effect repeals a sweeping legal change […]

Lawmakers react to Louisiana house criminalizing abortion pills

Lawmakers react to Louisiana house criminalizing abortion pills

Hours after the Louisiana House voted Tuesday to criminalize the possession of mifepristone and misoprostol without a prescription, lawmakers reacted to the vote, some expressing anger while others celebrated the legislation. The unprecedented legislation is the first time a state has declared abortion drugs as controlled substances. The two drugs are used to induce a […]

White House lauds PACT Act as it hits 1 million toxin claims granted to vets

White House lauds PACT Act as it hits 1 million toxin claims granted to vets

The White House on Tuesday announced that more than 1 million claims have been granted through the PACT Act, a landmark law passed in 2022 that gave veterans expanded access to apply for compensation and relief related to toxic exposures during service. More than 880,000 veterans are receiving disability benefits through the PACT Act across […]

House Republicans introduce measure to overturn nursing home staffing rule

House Republicans introduce measure to overturn nursing home staffing rule

House Republicans have introduced a Congressional Review Act resolution to overturn the Biden administration’s minimum staffing requirement for nursing homes.  Under the requirements unveiled last month, all nursing homes that receive federal funding through Medicare and Medicaid will need to have a registered nurse on staff 24 hours per day, seven days per week and provide […]

White House bolsters transgender health protections, rolls back Trump admin rule

White House bolsters transgender health protections, rolls back Trump admin rule

The Biden administration is bolstering health care protections against discrimination for gay and transgender people, reversing a Trump administration rule that gutted the protections.  In a wide-ranging final rule released Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) strengthened the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) rules that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including on […]

White House moves to protect patient abortion records

White House moves to protect patient abortion records

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule Monday blocking the disclosure of protected health information to aid in the investigation or litigation of patients or providers involved in legal reproductive health care. The rule issued by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) prohibits providers, clearing houses and their business […]

Arizona House Speaker finds himself in eye of abortion rights tornado

Arizona House Speaker finds himself in eye of abortion rights tornado

Arizona state House Speaker Ben Toma (R) is facing a reckoning as he tries to navigate the fallout from Arizona’s Supreme Court decision enforcing an 1864 abortion ban.   Since the decision last week, Toma has twice helped block House Democrats’ efforts to repeal the ban on procedural grounds.   Toma is facing pressure from […]

House Democrats campaign arm zeroes in on races where abortion is on ballot

House Democrats campaign arm zeroes in on races where abortion is on ballot

The campaign arm for House Democrats has zeroed in on races in states where abortion is on the ballot in 2024. In a Friday memo, first obtained by Politico, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) noted the multiple states in the U.S. that either will have measures in favor of abortion rights on the ballot […]

White House warns House conservatives' budget could hurt opioid epidemic fight

White House warns House conservatives' budget could hurt opioid epidemic fight

The White House called out the Republican Study Committee’s (RSC) budget proposal for potentially cutting funding of programs addressing the opioid crisis. In a new fact sheet first obtained by The Hill, the White House breaks down how the RSC plan would cut the nondefense budget by about 30 percent, arguing that figure would include […]

House Republicans ask for probe of unspent mental health funds

House Republicans ask for probe of unspent mental health funds

House Republicans want a government watchdog to look into how the federal government has managed unspent mental health funding, including COVID-19 emergency money and funds provided to launch the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.  In a letter sent Tuesday to the Government Accountability Office, Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee said the Substance Abuse […]