Heard on the Hill

Word on the Hill: One Week Out

Women’s March adds new partners

Dr. Ben Carson arrives in the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee offices before his confirmation hearing to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development on Thursday. Confirmation hearings continue into next week (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration is only a week away.

Watch for our list of balls, counter-parties and other things to do around the District that day. And feel free to pass along any events you want to share with our readers — email AlexGangitano@cqrollcall.com

Enjoy the long weekend. Word on the Hill will return on Tuesday.

Women’s March adds partners

More groups have been added as partners of the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21, the day after Trump’s inauguration.

On Thursday, the Natural Resources Defense Council became a partner to focus on climate action, including clean air, safe water, and healthy communities. And an election-based organization, Working Families, hopes to focus on equal wages, health care, and paid family leave.

More SafeTrack in 2017

SafeTrack will continue until June 2017, Metro announced on Thursday. Surges will resume on Feb. 11 with an 18-day surge on the Blue line. But major work that affects rush-hour service is still suspended during January “due to the inauguration and the potential for winter weather impacts.”

Overheard 

“You eat these, you don’t fall into it.”

— Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., holding up a box of Dunkin’ Donuts donut holes while speaking about how repeal of the 2010 health care law would reopen the “donut hole” for prescription drug coverage.

“I think you’re amazing.”

— Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who returned to work one day after pacemaker surgery.

Health Care Decoded

As a new administration takes over, the nation’s evolving health care system — valued today at more than $3 trillion — will face significant changes again.

On March 16, Roll Call Live, in partnership with the editorial powerhouse of CQ News, invites you to a packed morning of expert analysis and nonpartisan discussion to examine the many questions that health care industry stakeholders and policymakers will face. The New Year Special rate of $125 for this half-day conference ends Jan. 15. Check out the agenda here.

Heard on the Hill This Week: The Saga of the Student Painting Heist

Happy birthday to…

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., 46.

On Saturday: Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, 55.

On Monday: Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., 66.

What’s going on?

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