The biggest news of the week was, of course, the results of the 2020 Election, and the calling of Pennsylvania for former Vice President Biden over the weekend. With that action, Biden amassed enough electoral votes for the election to be called in his favor. The remaining outstanding states were also called over the last week: North Carolina for President Trump and Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia for Biden.
Congressional and Senate Races
In the Senate, as was discussed last week, the majority for this chamber will be decided on January 5 by two run-off elections in the state of Georgia. The current majority is 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats or Independents. The House of Representatives has stated in Democratic control.
Fiscal Year 2021
The current Congress returned for a “lame duck” post-election session this week, and the Senate Appropriations Committee released its fiscal year (FY) 2021 appropriations bills. A full funding chart can be found here, by STD prevention and HIV prevention funding at the CDC was level-funded compared to last year, and the Ending the HIV initiative was funding at $200 million, $50 million higher than the initiative was funded in the House’s FY2021 appropriations bill. NCSD will be pushing for the House’s higher STD prevention funding number as these two bills are reconciled in a conference committee. Leaders in both the Senate and House of Representatives have expressed a desire to complete FY2021 funding before the end of the year. Additional COVID-19 relief funding is still up in the air.