Here's the scoop on what's happening this week in Congress
NCSD Policy Staff
May 28, 2021
The Biden Administration released its $6 trillion budget proposal that will contain major investments in infrastructure, education, and health care. The proposal will bring federal spending levels to amounts that have not been seen since World War II.
This week the GOP released their counteroffer infrastructure proposal amounting to nearly $1 trillion in response to Biden’s feedback during a bipartisan meeting in the Oval Office last week. The offer includes a $91 billion increase over base spending for bridges and roads, a $48 billion increase for water infrastructure, a $25 billion increase for broadband, and a $22 billion increase for passenger freight and rail
The administration set a May 31 deadline for Senate Republicans to determine if they are willing to compromise on the infrastructure legislation. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has already announced that she plans to pass Biden’s infrastructure plan out of the House by the July 4th recess.
House LHHS Subcommittee Hearing for CDC’s FY’22 Budget Request
During Wednesday’s House LHHS Subcommittee hearing, Chair DeLauro expressed how important it was that health agencies do not go back to where they were pre-pandemic. “We need to ensure our public health infrastructure is ready to address our challenges or pandemics of the future.” CDC Director Walensky agreed, explaining the CDC’s budget request will help achieve “long-term, longitudinal, sustainable increases.”
The House plans to markup finalized appropriations bills and budgets by June.