New Child Care Proposal on the Table

On Monday, May 16th, 2022, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) officially announced their revamped child care and early learning reconciliation proposal. As we wrote last week, this proposal is roughly half the size of the original child care proposal in Build Back Better and largely focuses on expanding funding through the Child

FDA Commissioner Testifies about Budget, Formula Shortage

On Thursday, May 19th, 2022, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee held its hearing, “Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request for the Food and Drug Administration,” with FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert M. Califf. Although the hearing was intended to focus on the budget, the biggest topic of conversation was the

Senate Democrats Revamp Child Care Proposal

Last weekend, on Sunday, May 9th, 2022, Politico reported that Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) is in the process of pitching a new child care proposal to the rest of the Democratic party, taking a bold step to keep child care in the conversation about a potential reconciliation

Secretary Becerra Defends HHS Guidance on Gender-Affirming Care

On Wednesday, May 5th, 2022, during the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing about the President’s FY23 Health and Human Services Budget request, Senator Braun (R-IN) used his time to question Secretary Becerra about gender-affirming care, “a subject that is really creating controversy around the country.” Senator Braun

Mental Health Dominates Senate Appropriations Hearing on President’s Budget

At the Senate Appropriation’s Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing on the President’s proposed FY23 Budget, mental health and the new 988 crisis and suicide prevention hotline were raised multiple times. Chairwoman Patty Murray, in her opening remarks, noted that “the kids are not okay,” as over 200,000 kids have lost

Appropriations Process Begins to Tentatively Move Forward

According to Politico, the four top Democratic and Republican appropriators met on Thursday, April 28th, 2022, to begin negotiations on a budget for fiscal year 2023. The stated goal is to have the top-line defense and non-defense numbers locked in before summer, the first step in setting the budget. The House Appropriations Committee has ambitions

Representatives Featured in Webinar about Ending Child Poverty

On April 12th, 2022, the U.S. Child Poverty Action Group and GRACE & End Child Poverty California campaign hosted a webinar entitled ‘Ending Child Poverty at the Federal and State Level.’ This webinar focused on how states have promoted child welfare, as well as sharing the importance of the passage of the Child Poverty Reduction

Budget Hearings Continue in the Senate Finance Committee

On Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the Presidential Budget Proposal entitled ‘The President’s Fiscal Year 2023 Health and Human Services Budget.’ Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Becerra served as the witness during the hearing. In his testimony, Becerra emphasized HHS’s responsibility to serve children and

The President’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request

This year the President’s budget was released on Monday, March 28, 2022.  The fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget begins on October 1, 2022.  This year’s budget, the second for the Biden Administration, faced significant delays due to a series on continuing resolutions adopted by Congress while all congressional sides negotiated a final 2022 budget five

Senate and House Committees Hold Budget Hearings

Last week a series of hearings were held about the President’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget. The House Budget Committee, The Senate Budget Committee, and House Appropriation Committee members expressed multiple concerns about COVID spending, the impact of Defense cuts, a need for increased Infrastructure, issues with the current economic crisis, and the Ukrainian and Russian conflict.

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