Here's the scoop on what's happening this week in Congress
Tuesday night, January 5, President Trump gave his State of the Union Address at the Capitol. During this speech the President announced a commitment to end HIV within the next ten years and called on Members of Congress to support this effort. Health and Human Services (HHS) has publicly shared an initial outline of their proposed plan to end HIV.
NCSD supports the effort to end HIV, but is closely monitoring what that approach will be, and is working to ensure that STD prevention is included in any final plan. NCSD released a statement, urging the inclusion of STDs in any HIV elimination strategy following the State of the Union Address.
Final FY19 spending bills are currently being discussed and Speaker Pelosi has indicated that she is willing to accept any bipartisan border security agreement that emerges from the House and Senate conference committee. Committee members hope to reach an agreement on border security by today, Friday, January 8 to be included in Homeland Security spending bill, which is one of the seven spending bills left to be passed by Congress before the continuing resolution ends on February 12.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have begun to discuss raising the budget caps for FY20. Without a bipartisan agreement, the lower statutory caps will return, meaning non-defense funding will return to $542 billion from $597 in 2019, making it difficult for any new or increased funding.