Despite losing a U.S. House seat, West Virginia can still wield congressional power

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Although West Virginia will lose one of three congressional seats – based on a decline of nearly 65,000 residents in new U.S. Census Bureau data – the overall damage may be minimal, according to a West Virginia…

House Reintroduces Bill to Modernize Medicare’s Chiropractic Coverage

The Chiropractic Coverage Modernization Act (H.R. 2654), introduced April 19 in the U.S. House of Representatives, would increase Medicare coverage of services provided by doctors of chiropractic within the full extent of their state licensure, enabling chiropractic patients to conveniently and safely access needed care.

Advocates from ASN Urges Congress to Change the Status Quo in Kidney Health

• More than 37 million Americans live with kidney diseases.
• 800,000 Americans have kidney failure, a condition for which there is no cure.
• Kidney diseases disproportionately affect communities of color.
• COVID-19, especially deadly for people with kidney diseases, has highlighted the urgent need for change

Biden immigration bill brings promise and peril

The Biden administration plans to unveil its comprehensive immigration bill on Thursday alongside Congressional leaders. The following Cornell University experts are available and a longer list of researchers offering legal, labor and historical perspectives can be found here. Stephen Yale-Loehr,…

George Washington University Experts Available for Media Interviews on Former President Trump’s Impeachment Trial

The second impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump, who is charged with incitement of insurrection, will commence on Feb. 9, 2021. The George Washington University has the following experts available to discuss impeachment, including the constitutionality of the trial,…

WashU Experts: We need economic rescue, and we need it now 

After months of failed negotiations that left many Americans, businesses and a further weakening economy in the lurch, lawmakers are scrambling the week before Christmas 2020 to reach a deal on an economic stimulus plan that could top $900 billion. If Congress passes the deal, will it do enough to help struggling Americans and businesses stay afloat?To answer that question, three business and economics experts at Washington University in St.

AAOS Encourages Congress to Improve Deal to End Surprise Medical Billing

The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is asking Congress to improve the “No Surprises Act,” which was recently introduced as compromise legislation to end surprise medical billing. In a December 17 letter, AAOS President Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, FAAOS, acknowledged the significant progress made by Congress to address the longstanding problem and outlined several recommended improvements.

Pilot program would boost skilled immigration, economic growth

Cornell Law School scholars are proposing a pilot immigration program that would target highly skilled foreign workers using a points-based selection system modeled after successful programs in Canada and Australia. The program is an incremental change with bipartisan support that they say could not only improve a broken system but spark the nation’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

TikTok ban reasonable given the threat of Chinese surveillance

The House of Representatives voted this week to ban TikTok from government-issued devices amid concerns that the Chinese-owned social media company’s access to U.S. data poses a national security threat.   Sarah Kreps, professor of government at Cornell University, studies misinformation…

Endocrine Society urges Congress to increase funding for NIH

The Endocrine Society—the world’s largest professional organization for endocrine scientists and physicians—is calling on Congress to pass the House Labor-HHS spending bill to ensure health agencies are funded before the start of Fiscal Year 2021 and to avoid the tumult and disruption of a continuing resolution and potential government shutdowns.

APS ISSUES RARE RESOLUTION TO CONGRESS

For the first time in more than 60 years, the American Philosophical Society (APS), founded by Benjamin Franklin and the nation’s oldest learned society, has issued a public resolution calling on Congress to enact a National Defense Education Act for the 21st Century. The resolution has been sent to the bipartisan leadership of the House and Senate.

ADVISORY: Expert Available to Discuss Roots of Trump Impeachment

Johns Hopkins political scientist Benjamin Ginsberg predicted in 1990 that blind party loyalty would result in today’s political stasis culminating in impeachment. Three decades ago Johns Hopkins University political scientist Benjamin Ginsberg warned in his book, Politics By Other Means, that party loyalty…

FY 2020 Spending Bill Funds Critical Initiatives While Neglecting Urgent Priorities

The spending bill passed today is a welcome step forward. Allocations in the bill will strengthen public health and research efforts during the year ahead and will provide critical support for important goals. At the same time, the legislation in its final form also brings inadequate responses to current and urgent challenges with the potential for long-term and costly consequences.

House Drug Pricing Bill Serves Patients, Public Health

H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act passed by the House of Representatives today introduces critically needed and significant steps to reduce costs and improve access to life-saving therapies for conditions including HIV and hepatitis C. Importantly, the legislation also brings essential resources to combat antibiotic resistance, find and develop new infection fighting drugs and bring them to market. The balanced approach of this legislation will serve patients and public health.

Flu Preparedness Hearing Opens Opportunities for Vaccine, AMR Action

Today’s subcommittee hearing on U.S. preparedness and responses for the 2019-2020 flu season offers an important opportunity to examine and act on gaps and challenges exacerbating the public health threats of seasonal influenza outbreaks.

Expert on electoral behavior, Kathy Dolan can weigh in on an impeachment probe’s impact on the 2020 elections.

House Democrats have announced that they are moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Kathleen Dolan, a distinguished professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, can answer questions about the potential impact on the…

Possible political consequences of impeachment probe? Longtime political scientist Thomas Holbrook can provide analysis.

Thomas Holbrook can discuss the potential political consequences of an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, including the impact on press coverage of the primaries and the potential impact on the general election. A distinguished professor of political science at the…