Good morning ... President Trump dropped in some unplanned candor about the midterms as he addressed a Susan B. Anthony List gala last night.

"Your vote in 2018 is every bit as important as your vote in 2016," Trump said. "Although I'm not sure I really believe that, but you know. I don’t know who the hell wrote that line. I'm not sure. But it's still important. Remember that."

What we're watching today: The Senate HELP Committee considers a bill on pandemic preparedness (10am; livestream). Energy and Commerce health subcommittee hearing on reauthorizing the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education program (10:15am; livestream).

What we're watching this week: Senate Finance Committee hearing Thursday on rural health care. Also on Thursday, the panel will consider John Bartrum's nomination to be HHS assistant secretary for financial resources.

What else ya got?