Here's the scoop on what's happening this week in Congress.
Late Monday evening, White House officials and congressional leaders announced a deal to raise the budget caps — or the topline numbers to which the House and Senate can appropriate– by $321 billion, while also suspending the debt limit until July 2021. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 (BBA) raises the non-defense discretionary funding by $27 billion. This is the funding pool that funds CDC and federal STD prevention efforts.
Thursday afternoon before the House left for August recess, they approved the BBA by a vote of 214-149. The Senate is expected to pass the Act before they leave for recess next Friday, August 2.
Passage of the spending caps deal is crucial to moving the FY2020 budget process forward and potentially avoiding a long-term continuing resolution or a shut down. We encourage you to contact your Senators and ask them to pass the BBA.