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Congress's Indecision on Appropriations Could Damage HIV Funding

Appropriations discussions may finally be returning to Congress’s docket, just 16 legislative days ahead of the expiration of the current continuing resolution (CR) funding the federal government at extended fiscal year 2019 levels. A year-long CR looms, which could derail much needed HIV funding.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 18, 2019


Some HIV Programs Get Cut in Senate Appropriations Bills

Last month, in an 82-15 vote, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) in order to avoid a government shutdown while the fiscal year 2020 (FY20) appropriations process is finalized. The resolution will keep programs funded at FY19 levels through November 21 to allow both House and Senate chambers to iron out differences, although lawmakers will likely enact another CR after that date should they need additional time to complete government funding details.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 11, 2019


With Continuing Resolution, Congress Likely Avoids Shutdown

Senators this week agreed to a House-passed plan, legislation called a continuing resolution, to fund the federal government at fiscal year 2019 levels for several more weeks to avoid a government shutdown on the year’s October 1st deadline. Any new funding for Ending the Epidemic programs will be on hold until at least November 21.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 27, 2019


Senate & House Appropriators Provide Different Visions of What Funding the End of the HIV Epidemic Means

3 months after the House passed their appropriations bill to provide next year’s funding for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and other related agencies (L-HHS), the Senate Appropriations Committee revealed their own this week. Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee seem well in line with the Administration’s Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative, announced by President Trump at his February State of the Union Address this year, but have underfunded HOPWA and other programs that are vital to the health of people living with and affected by HIV.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 20, 2019


Battle Over Reproductive Rights Has Appropriations Process at a Standstill

Both a subcommittee and full committee markup of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (L-HHS) bill were cancelled this week by Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, due to the possibility of the introduction of an amendment that would reverse and block the effects of the Trump Administration’s newly enforced “gag rule,” which restricts Title X grantees from disseminating information about abortion care/abortion care providers.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 13, 2019


Democrats and Republicans Find Things to Love (and Hate) in House Passed Budget Bill

Before leaving Washington for their six-week long summer recess, the House of Representatives passed a vital two-year budget deal on Thursday evening, raising the caps on both defense and domestic spending and suspending the debt ceiling until the summer of 2021. With the House out of session, the legislation now moves over to the Senate.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, July 26, 2019


A Budget Deal Is Within Reach, But Time Is Running Out

According to the most recent reports, Secretary Mnuchin and Speaker Pelosi have “reached an agreement” on a deal to raise both spending caps and the debt ceiling for two years. Unfortunately, that agreement stands on very fragile ground and there are still a number of obstacles left for both sides to overcome if they want to reach a final deal.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, July 19, 2019


The Senate Stands Still On Appropriations Going Into The July 4th Recess

Ten down, two to go: this week, the House passed another bill appropriating funds for fiscal year 2020, this time to federal departments relating to Financial Services. Although House appropriators did not reach Leader Steny Hoyer’s (D-MD-5) goal of passing all twelve appropriations bills through the chamber by the end of June, only two final bills remain: Legislative Branch and Homeland Security.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 28, 2019


HIV Programs Are Seeing Major Increases In The House, But The Senate Awaits

This week, House legislators passed HR 2740, an appropriations bill allocating money for fiscal year 2020 for several agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the institution where most funding for the federal HIV response is housed. Representatives in the House will now continue on to the second appropriations minibus, which contains funding for HOPWA.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 21, 2019


House Appropriations Bills Prioritize Spending Increases For HIV & Healthcare

It seems that legislators, especially in the House, remain committed to completing all spending bills for the 2020 fiscal year (FY20) ahead of their September 30 deadline. House lawmakers are considering a “minibus” that includes funding for State and Foreign Operations; Defense; Energy and Water; and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (L-HHS), which covers most funding for domestic HIV care and prevention programs.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 14, 2019

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