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The Week Ahead on Capitol Hill

HHS-Secretary elect Kathleen Sebelius will have confirmations before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Tuesday, March 31, followed by the Senate Finance Committee on April 2.  Both hearings should cover topics such as universal health care and comparative effectiveness.  The first hearing would also address issues like public health preparedness and health innovation, while the latter will be more focused on Medicare/Medicaid and the uninsured.

The Senate Judiciary has a scheduled mark-up of the Patent Reform Act of 2009 on Tuesday, March 31 at 10am.  Last week, Senator Feinstein expressed doubts about reaching a compromise on damages provisions in the bill, given the high tech industry’s unwillingness to negotiate.  Stay tuned…an updated compromise amendment could be unveiled on Tuesday.

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