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Despite Compromise in the Senate, Poison Pill Riders in the House Threaten FY19 Appropriations

The fiscal year 2019 appropriations process continues on schedule in both chambers, with the House Appropriations Committee in particular making strides with only one bill – Homeland Security – to go. While HIV funding is generally protected, ideological riders in the new Labor-HHS bill jeopardize the legislators’ pace and reduce access to life-saving HIV prevention and substance use disorder treatment.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 15, 2018


After Further Cuts, The House Passes Rescissions Package

After months of speculation about what it would look like or if it would even come to a vote, the House of Representatives approved President Trump’s rescissions package on Thursday night. The vote, which was taken along party lines, could prove to be a symbolic victory for the Trump administration, but will have little in the way of fiscal impact.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 08, 2018


On Appropriations and Healthcare Funding, the House and the Senate Are Worlds Apart

For months, Republican and Democratic leadership in both the House and the Senate have spoken of a desire to return to regular order and to inject a spirit of civility and compromise into the Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations.On Thursday, appropriators in the Senate made good on their word. The House did not.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 25, 2018


Trump Administration Spending Cuts Met with Chilly Reception in Congress

After weeks of speculation, President Trump finally unveiled his proposed rescissions package, which would eliminate funding the recently passed Fiscal Year 2018 spending deal, but from earlier appropriations bills. Of the $15.4 billion in cuts nearly half were to the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 11, 2018


Acting Natural: Congress Attempts to Restore Regular Order to FY19 Appropriations Process

Congress continues to gear up for what looks to be a much less tumultuous Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations process, if only to save their own seats in the upcoming midterm elections. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) met with Senate leadership this week to lay out his plans to vote on twelve separate appropriations bills, one from each of the Senate Appropriations subcommittees, as opposed to considering an omnibus with all twelve bills packed into 1 as has been the case in the past several years.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 27, 2018


As Congress Looks to Fund the Government for Next Year, Trump Tries to Rescind Funding for This Year

If the calling card of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget and appropriations process was a mixture of procrastination, partisan bickering and a total budgetary disconnect between House and Senate leadership, it looks like the Fiscal Year 2019 budget could actually be marked by something approaching regular order and bipartisan compromise...the Trump administration's attempts to throw a wrench in the works notwithstanding.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 20, 2018


Breaking The Deal: Trump Tries to Undo FY18 Appropriations

It is perfectly normal to assume that the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations package that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump last month was a done deal. But, these are not normal times and the Trump administration has once again signaled their disdain for normal order by indicating that they may try to take back up to $60 billion of the agreed-upon funding levels through an infrequently used process called rescission.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 13, 2018


An Ally’s Journey At AIDSWatch

Sitting in those offices, I understood the value of my position as an ally. Though I lost friends to AIDS and have several friends living with HIV, these conditions are not front-and-center in my daily life. I realized that there is a value in legislative staff seeing me, someone who is not living with HIV and whose work does not center around HIV, participating in AIDSWatch. Seeing allies who care enough to haul themselves to a legislative office forces elected and staff to view HIV/AIDS as an issue of importance to people outside the “traditional” groups with a “reason” to care.

Posted By: Guest Blogger: Margot Carmichael Lester - Thursday, April 12, 2018


Congress Passes Fiscal Year 2018 Budget…3 months into 2019

It took six months, five continuing resolutions and two government shutdowns, but Congress finally passed its Fiscal Year 2018 funding early on Friday morning. The $1.3 trillion spending package was a bit of a mixed bag for HIV advocates.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 23, 2018


Omnibus Fails to Invest Adequately in Eliminating Opioid Related Infectious Diseases

In the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, H.R. 1625, Congress failed to secure an additional $100 million to the viral hepatitis programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address opioid crisis-related infectious diseases.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 23, 2018

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