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House Set To Vote on Latest COVID-19 Relief Bill

The House of Representatives is gearing up for a vote on the latest relief package aimed at addressing the widespread economic and health care impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic despite the bill's chances of becoming law in its current form being virtually nonexistent. The bill, known as the HEROES Act, is the opening entry from House Democrats in what will certainly be a highly partisan fight over the contents of the 5th piece of federal COVID-19 relief legislation, which emerges at a time when The White House has shifted its focus from the health of US citizens to the health of the US economy, all but abdicating its responsibility for monitoring testing and treatment of the virus to the states.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 15, 2020


As Congress Debates Coming Back to DC, COVID-19 Funding Needs Abound

On Monday, May 4th, the Senate is scheduled to come back into session in Washington, DC as the city's daily rate of COVID-19 cases continues to increase. They will not be joined by their counterparts in the House, after Democratic leadership scuttled plans to return to Washington after hearing recommendations from medical experts at the Capitol.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 01, 2020


Coronavirus Throws a Wrench in Congressional Appropriations Plans

Though federal appropriators should have had an easy appropriations course for FY 2021, with top-line levels established in last year’s Bipartisan Budget Act, the emergence of the coronavirus – and the funding needed to prepare health departments and communities for its impact – is throwing a wrench into Congress’ moderately well laid plans

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, February 28, 2020


One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Trump Budget Adds HIV Funding While Slashing Safety Net Programs

Throughout the 1st year of President Trump’s Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan For America, Administration officials have repeatedly reassured HIV advocacy organizations and service providers that they are wholly committed to this initiative and that it is one of The White House’s top domestic priorities. In a narrow sense this is true as the FY21 Trump budget asks for $716 million for their Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative. Unfortunately the budget also looks to unravel the social safety net programs relied upon by people living with HIV.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, February 14, 2020


Congressional Appropriators Wind Up Paying for Trump's Wall

Although fiscal year 2020 appropriations were passed into law late last month, the matter is hardly settled on the Hill. Crises, both manmade and natural, have spurred legislators to reconsider their annual dole-out and ponder giving increases, or supplementals, to some agencies, while simultaneously watching the president raid the already-appropriated funds for his own devices.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 17, 2020


Ending The HIV Epidemic Cannot Succeed In A Vacuum

Nearly one year ago, President Trump surprised the HIV advocacy community with the formal announcement of his administration’s Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan For America during his State of the Union address. At this stage in the development of the Ending the HIV Epidemic plan, it is far too early to make any formal judgement on its success, but it does appear that many of the concerns HIV advocates had around the initiative--particularly those concerning the civil rights of LGBTQ individuals--have been substantiated by the administration’s action.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 17, 2020


The New Year Brings New HIV Funding From Congress

Although down to the wire, congressional appropriators managed to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2020, avoiding a government shutdown before the holidays.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 10, 2020


With One Week Until The Government Runs Out of Funding, Congress Agrees in Principle to Overall Spending Numbers

In an unexpected progression of the fiscal year 2020 appropriations process, appropriations leadership on both sides of the aisle announced a “deal in principle” for all twelve annual funding bills on Thursday. While specific details of this funding agreement, including those concerning public health programming, may not be available until early next week, the deal is certainly welcome news and brings legislators closer to funding the federal government ahead of the current continuing resolution deadline of December 20th.

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


No Break For Congress As Fiscal Year 2020 Spending Still Hangs In The Balance

Having just enacted a second continuing resolution (CR) to extend current government funding through December 20, Congress returned this week from its Thanksgiving holiday break for the final work period of 2019 and now face a major time crunch to reach a comprehensive spending package before the current CR ends.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 06, 2019


Congress's Budget Battles Could Leave Ending the HIV Epidemic Funding Out In the Cold

In what is fast becoming a holiday tradition, the Republican-held Senate passed a short-term continuing resolution (CR) by a 74-20 vote on Thursday afternoon to avoid a government shutdown ahead of the November 21 deadline that was established by the previous CR, which was enacted in late September. The stopgap funding measure that was approved by the Senate had originated in the Democratic-led House, where it passed on a largely party line vote on Tuesday. The CR, which was signed by President Trump late Thursday night, will keep the government afloat at current Fiscal Year 2019 spending levels until December 20.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 22, 2019

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