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As stated in past NCSD Federal Policy Updates,  the federal government is currently operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR) which expires tonight at midnight.
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This week, as part of our leadership on federal STD prevention funding, NCSD led a Coalition Letter signed by 120 other organizations asking Congress to fund the Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the highest level possible and reject the devastating 20 percent cut proposed in the Senate Committee's bill.

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Last week, Congress passed and President Obama signed into Law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, a legislative budget deal that raised the debt ceiling until March 5, 2017 and increased the budget caps by increasing discretionary spending by $80 million over two years.
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In late August, the Health and Resources Services Administration (HRSA) released a draft of their 340B Drug Pricing Program Omnibus Guidance.  A PDF version of the draft guidance can be found  here.  

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This week, President Obama signed a Continuing Resolution (CR) into law that keeps the federal government open until December 11th.

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This week, the Senate took its first steps towards avoiding a government shutdown by voting on a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that would keep the government open until December 11.  A CR needs to be passed by both chambers of Congress and signed by the President by October 1 to keep the federal government open.

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Congress returned to Washington, DC this week from the August recess with quite a lot on its plate.  This month, Congress will need to either pass 12 Appropriations Bills or a Continuing Resolution before September 30th to keep the government open, and a number of Members of Congress have called for shutting down the federal government unless all federal funding to Planned Parenthood is ha

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Hopefully you are aware that the Senate’s FY2016 Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) bill currently contains a $32 million cut to the Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) at the CDC.  NCSD will be engaging in targeted and increased outreach in the coming weeks to reverse this cut, and to do so, we need the essential information from you, our members:

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This week the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up its fiscal year (FY) 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) Appropriations bill in both Subcommittee and Committee.  Hopefully you saw the email that was sent to all members earlier this week, but the news is not good—the bill contains a devastating $32 million cut to the Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP), a 20% reduction.

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As a proud partner of the National Female Condom Coalition, NCSD invites you to celebrate Global Female Condom Day with us on Friday, September 16th!  Global Female Condom Day is an annual day of education and advocacy to increase awareness, access, and use of female condoms around the world.

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NCSD has received multiple requests for information about sexual transmission of the Zika virus.  We understand that several state and local STD programs are not included in discussions about Zika response, or about sexual transmission of cases. 

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