Here's the scoop on what's happening this week in Congress.
On Monday, February 10 the President’s budget, which carries no legal authority but is the first step in the appropriations cycle, was released. The budget proposal included deep cuts to public health funding, cutting the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by 10 percent and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by 9 percent. Despite these deep cuts the Division of STD Prevention (DSTP) at the CDC remained level funded at $161 million.
The budget also proposed funding HHS at $761 million for year two of the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE), with $371 million going to CDC. For information about how other programs fared, read NCSD’s analysis here.
Senate and House appropriators are aiming to pass all 12 Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) spending bills by the September 30 deadline. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the Senate plans to comply with the budget deal that both chambers agreed to last year.