Here's the scoop on what's happening this week in Congress.
On Tuesday, April 30, the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Subcommittee approved a draft of their FY20 appropriations bill. This move is the first step of many in the FY20 appropriations process.
The proposed bill includes an increase of $203 million to the National Center for HIV, Hepatitis, STDs and Tuberculosis Prevention (NCHHSTP), under which the Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) sits. At this point, only the topline funding levels are known. The full details, including the STD funding level at CDC, are expected next week.
In the meantime, here is what we do know about other important health programs and agencies. The bill provides:
The bill will now move to full Appropriations committee markup, which is expected to take place on Wednesday, May 8.
Meanwhile, the Senate Appropriations process is on standby until an agreement on raising the spending caps is reached.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is working closely with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to raise the spending caps for FY20. However, President Trump is not in favor of increasing spending, and thinks there could be advantages to a yearlong continuing resolution, particularly ahead of the 2020 elections.