The Senate is set to vote on legislation Thursday that would require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to publish data on the cost of new chair sales within the next 30 days.
The bill would also give the agency the authority to take additional steps to monitor the costs of new chairs.
The Senate voted 68-35 to advance the bill last month.
The House is expected to vote later this week.
The legislation is expected in the coming weeks.
The bill, H.R. 948, would give the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services the authority for the first time to set the price of new retail furniture, including chairs and dining tables, on the agency’s website.
While the price information is on the site, the bill would make the information available to lawmakers.
Currently, CMS does not publish the price for new chairs on its website.
The bill would require that the agency provide the prices for new chair purchases within 90 days of when they are issued.
“This information should be made public,” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said in a statement.
“Congress needs to be able see how these new chairs compare to the competition.”
The price information on the website is posted on a list that has been shared with CMS employees.
But the bill has not yet passed the House.
Democrats on the House Health Committee have introduced legislation to require that CMS provide the price data on new chair orders within 30 days of the orders being issued.
Democrats have been pushing for more transparency about the cost information and have introduced their own bill, The Price of Inequality, to require the agency to make that information available.
The agency could not be reached for comment.
Democrats have also proposed a bill that would allow lawmakers to access the agency website to see the agency prices, which would include the cost to the federal government of the new chair.