September 12, 2012

What’s ahead on the Hill

Policy and Advocacy Officer

In this feature on Breakthroughs, we provide an update on what’s currently happening with global health in Congress and an outlook for future legislative activity.

Over the past several weeks, Congress has been incredibly active on the federal budget and other pieces of legislation that could have implications for global health research and development (R&D). Below, we provide an overview of the most recent action, and what the next several weeks could bring.

There are two recent measures in Congress and the Administration that could impact the federal budget in the coming weeks:

Of course, most people in Washington are talking about the Supreme Court, and today’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act. The Court’s ruling, as well as the rapidly heightening politics surrounding the Presidential campaigns, could affect progress on finalizing a FY 2013 budget and securing a deal to avoid total sequestration. With everything that Congress needs to complete before the end of the calendar year, we may know the election result before we know next year’s final funding levels for key global health R&D programs.