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Washington Watch - May 16, 2018


Senate HELP Committee Chairman Alexander (R-TN) Issues Blistering Letter on Rising Health Care Premiums

In a letter to NASE and other stakeholders, Chairman Alexander (R-TN) of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee, offered a blistering assessment of why and how Congress has failed in taking steps to stabilize the health care premium marketplace. In the letter, Chairman Alexander highlights the three proposals that had gained bi-partisan support in the Senate; 1) three years of cost-sharing reduction payments; 2) Section 1332 waiver reforms; and 3) three years of reinsurance grants to states, however, he points to the failure of Democrats to include those proposals in the omnibus that passed earlier this year as the reason consumers will be faced with growing health care costs.

Read the full letter here.


House Small Business Committee Passes Seven Legislative Priorities

On Tuesday, May 8, the House Small Business Committee passed out of committee seven bi-partisan bills, ranging from cybersecurity, lending reform, and improvement for SBDCs and women business centers.

H.R. 3170 - Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act - Sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot

H.R. 4743 - Small Business 7(a) Lending Oversight Reform Act - Sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot

H.R. 4754 - Change Order Transparency for Federal Contractors Act - Sponsored by Rep. Don Bacon

H.R. 1680 - Women’s Business Centers Improvements Act - Sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight

H.R. 1702 - Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act - Sponsored by Rep. Dwight Evans

H.R. 4111 - Spurring Business in Communities Act -Sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

H.R. 5236 - Main Street Employee Ownership Act - Sponsored by Rep. Nydia Velázquez



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