Here's the scoop on what's happening this week in Congress.
President Trump is more open to a bipartisan budget deal, that would allow for a raise in the FY20 spending caps. Earlier this week it seemed that the President would not be open to a budget deal, and instead was believed to favor a year-long continuing resolution (CR), or an agreement that would continue funding programs at the FY19 level. However, after meeting with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell the President is said to be open to budget negotiations.
It is believed that the Senate will kick off their FY20 appropriations process in the first two weeks of June, with the Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) subcommittee going first.
The Senate has yet to agree on what FY20 budget numbers they will be appropriating to, but it is believed that they will use FY19 numbers. The numbers that the LHHS subcommittee appropriates to need to be increased from FY19 if we hope to see an increase in STD prevention funding.
Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby said that the Senate hopes to, once again, combine Defense and LHHS measures once they pass their subcommittees, and before they hit the full Senate floor for a vote. This measure will help ensure the passage of the LHHS bill, through which STD prevention is funded.
Please reach out to your Senators to encourage them to increase STD prevention funding.