Here's the scoop on what's happening this week in Congress
This week the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Funding bill that proposes new significant investments in jobs, education, childcare, research, public health infrastructure, and gender equality was approved on a 33-25 vote. The bill provides $253.8 billion – a 28 percent increase of $55.2 billion above FY’21. The legislation,
In addition to providing a $5 million increase for STDs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the House bill prioritizes sexual health with a $16 million increase to the Division of Adolescent and School Health, and a $100 million increase to the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative at CDC.
COVID-19 has dramatically impacted the fight against STDs by disrupting care, treatment, and contact tracing. Now more than ever, increasing resources for the prevention, care, and treatment of STDs is needed. NCSD encourages the U.S. Senate to follow the House’s lead and provide increased federal funding to STDs and other sexual health programs.
Other relevant proposals include:
“Sexually Transmitted Infections.—The Committee includes an increase of $5,000,000 to address the high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The Committee recognizes that direct funding to State and local health departments is critical to address STIs and other infectious diseases… In addition, the Committee notes the investment of more than $1,000,000,000 from the American Rescue Plan (P.L. 117–2) to bolster support and enhance the disease intervention specialist workforce nationwide to respond to COVID–19 and other infectious diseases.”
NCSD’s updated funding chart can be found here.
A summary of the bill can be found here. The text of the bill, before the adoption of amendments in full Committee, is here. The bill report, before the adoption of amendments in full Committee, is here. In keeping with the Appropriations Committee’s commitment to transparency, information on Community Project Funding in the bill is here.
House Speaker Pelosi praised the Senate’s latest $3.5 trillion budget deal and has announced that the proposal will include certain House priorities like closing the Medicaid gap, enhancing Medicare, extending the increased Affordable Care Act tax credits from the American Rescue Plan and transforming the care economy. The outline of Senate $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill that is circulating on the Hill includes: