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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


Another Continuing Resolution Looks Likely As Federal Funding Talks Slowly Move Forward

Congressional and White House leadership are inching towards a deal for funding the federal government in fiscal year 2020, with just four legislative days remaining until the continuing resolution (CR) currently funding the government at extended fiscal year 2019 levels expires on November 21. While details of the spending negotiations have not yet been made public, the news that appropriators are optimistic about reaching a deal is a welcome and hopeful change.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 15, 2019


Progress on Appropriations Slows to a Crawl

With only eight full legislative days left for Congress before the current continuing resolution (CR) expires on November 21, lawmakers have still yet to reach a deal for funding the federal government in 2020

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 08, 2019


Another Continuing Resolution Looms on the Horizon as Appropriations Struggles Continue

With the continuing resolution (CR) that is currently funding the government expiring in three weeks, House and Senate appropriators are under increasing pressure to reach an agreement on either a set of full appropriations bills, or another CR. Given the wide gulf between the House and Senate appropriations bills and the amount of time being devoted to impeachment proceedings, it is expected that a new CR will be signed that would keep the government funded and running at last year's spending levels, although the length of that CR is still uncertain. Privately, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) through as late as March 2020. With that being said, appropriators in Congress are still working diligently.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 01, 2019


As Impeachment Rolls On, Funding Talks Stall

It is looking increasingly likely that another Continuing Resolution will be needed to avert a government shutdown before Thanksgiving, with experts believing this 2nd CR would last until shortly before Congress’s winter holiday recess.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 25, 2019

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