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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


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

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