Advocacy Update ~ December 3, 2018

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Manager, Policy & Advocacy, and Victoria Rodriguez, Advocacy Associate.

Lame Duck Session: FY19 Appropriations Update and PEPFAR Passes

Congress is back in session for the next two weeks with only four more legislative days before the expiration of the Continuing Resolution (CR) that is currently funding seven appropriations bills, including State and Foreign Operations (SFOPs). The remaining bills must be addressed to forego a partial government shutdown. However, yesterday, Congress announced plans for a two week CR (expiring December 21) to allow for the preparation of the state funeral for President George H.W. Bush.

Last week, the Senate passed the PEPFAR Extension Act (H.R.6651), which is now awaiting President Trump’s signature.

Updates on 116th Congress

-Last week the House Democratic Caucus nominated Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to return as Speaker of the House. The final vote will take place before the full House in January.

-Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX) will assume the role of Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee. With Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) expected to be the Chairwoman, this marks a historic moment with two women helming this powerful committee.