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Congress Watch: Cabinet Confirmations & Stalled Appropriations

Another week, another flurry of controversial confirmation votes, budgetary developments and debate around the future of our nation's health care. From Vice President Pence casting the tie breaking vote in the controversial confirmation of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell using Senate procedure to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren for reading a letter written by Coretta Scott King, this past week in Congress certainly wasn't devoid of drama.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Thursday, February 09, 2017


Repeal Without Replace: Senate Starts Undoing Obamacare With No Replacement

While most of the country was sleeping, the Senate voted in favor of a budget resolution that officially starts the countdown clock to at least a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act. However, while there is a little more certainty regarding repeal of the ACA after Thursday morning's vote, Senate Republicans still have no concrete plan for what to replace it with or how to protect the 29 million Americans who stand to lose their insurance in its absence.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 13, 2017


See You Again In April: Congress Settles For Another Short Term Funding Bill

It wasn't pretty or particularly productive, but Congress once again managed avert self-imposed catastrophe by passing a short term stopgap funding bill mere minutes before the federal government was scheduled shutdown. As the last substantial act of the 114th Congress, it effectively hands over the baton to an incoming Congress that promises uncertainty and the potential reduction or elimination of a number of programs that support people living with HIV.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 16, 2016


Congress Kicks The Can Again: Appears Set To Fund Government Only Through April

Just 10 weeks after passing a short term continuing resolution to fund the federal government into December, Congress appears poised to kick the can down the road a little farther as another continuing resolution looks like it will be approved with hours to spare until government funding is set to expire. This stopgap spending bill, which would fund the government through April, will set the table for the Trump administration and 115th Congress to make an early mark on budgetary policy in Washington.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 09, 2016


As Lame Duck Budget Negotiations Move Forward, HIV Funding Hangs In The Balance

As the attentions of most media outlets and of the general public remain fixed on the drama surrounding the formation of President-elect Trump's cabinet, Congress once again finds itself tackling another self-imposed budget crisis. The continuing resolution that was passed to keep the Federal government funded in September is set to expire on December 9th, which means the fate of HIV funding for Fiscal Year 2017 has become embroiled in a larger political battle over how soon the Trump administration will be able to put its stamp on the nation's budget. HIV/AIDS advocates are pushing hard for a catch-all omnibus bill that would prevent any cuts to domestic HIV programs, but the Trump administration & House Republicans have other ideas.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 18, 2016


As STD Rates Soar, Prevention Spending Cuts Continue to Loom Large

The results of the 2015 STD Surveillance Report that was recently released by the Centers for Disease Control were staggering, but not shocking. With Congress failing to provide a single funding increase for STD programs over the last 13 years and over half of all state and local STD programs being subject to large budget cuts, it's shouldn't come as a surprise that we are now seeing the highest number of combined cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis ever recorded in the United States. With the Senate proposing a further $5 million cut to the CDC's Division of STD Prevention, must things continue to get worse before action is taken?

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 28, 2016


Congress Ekes Out Funding Compromise

Well past the 11th hour, Congress managed to once again cobble together a Continuing Resolution to keep the government running for the next 10 weeks. While the measure passed with bipartisan support, potential conflict waits in the wings with many funding priorities such as money to address the water crisis in Flint, Michigan simply kicked down the road. Next up is determining whether or not to fund the 11 remaining appropriations bills for FY 2017 in an omnibus bill or a series of smaller, "minibuses".

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 30, 2016


Another Year, Another Shutdown Threat

With a presidential election less than 2 months away and control of Congress hanging in the balance, the Senate has decided that now would be an excellent time to get into a game of chicken over another Continuing Resolution. With another government shutdown looming, will they be able to salvage a deal at the eleventh hour?

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, September 23, 2016


Congress Grapples With Continued Delays Over Funding Bill

The clock is ticking down to the end of the fiscal year and Congress still doesn't have its budgetary house in order. A majority of members from both parties want a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown, but agreeing on how long it would last is proving difficult. Will a deal get done and what is in the best interests of people living with HIV?

Posted By: Policy Department, AIDS United - Friday, September 16, 2016


Congress at an Impasse over Zika and Contentious Policy Riders

Congress continues to grapple with its inability to bridge the partisan divide as it struggles to complete its top duties: funding the federal government and serving the best interests of the American people. While the House and Senate Appropriations committees can boast progress at the committee level—with the Senate Appropriations committee passing all 12 annual funding bills—neither chamber can boast passing more than three funding measures on their respective floors and there is little likelihood that any will be signed into law by the end of fiscal year on September 30th. This is particularly so given the limited work days remaining in the legislative calendar, with recesses taking place around the July 4th holiday and July 16th to September 5th.

Posted By: AIDS United Policy Department - Friday, July 01, 2016

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