AOTA Federal Policy is a blog maintained by AOTA’s Federal and Regulatory Affairs Departments, covering the latest happenings in Congress, the White House, and across the federal agencies. While the battles of Washington often seem far removed from your role as a practitioner, student, educator, or business owner, public policy undoubtedly shapes the way you practice, what you are paid, and who you’re able to see. We hope this blog serves as a means to bring you closer to the process and keep you up to date on the latest federal issues affecting your practice.
In addition to the content on this blog, you can still find regular updates and information on our Congressional Affairs and Regulatory Affairs pages by visiting AOTA’s website including our Legislative Action Center.
With support for Speaker Boehner's announced SGR patch bill eroding through the night and into the morning, House leadership postponed its scheduled vote, after debate, in order to round up enough votes for passage. Speculation grew when the House recessed that support for the bill would fall short and that leadership would be forced to pull the bill from consideration.
Just when its prospects seemed darkest, however, the House came back into session, called the bill up for consideration, and quickly ‘voice voted’ it to passage without holding a roll call vote.
Senate.gov defines ‘voice vote’ as: A vote in which the presiding officer states the question, then asks those in favor and against to say "Yea" or "Nay," respectively, and announces the result according to his or her judgment.
The names or numbers of Representatives voting on each side are not recorded.
The bill is now considered unanimously passed by the House and would provide a 12-month delay to provider cuts and as well as a year long extension to the therapy exceptions proces. Check back for updates soon as attention now turns to Senate action.