“Recess” is a Relative Term as House Returns to Pass Budget Framework
This week, the House paused its August recess and made a brief return to Washington to vote on a $3.5 trillion budget resolution that advances the bulk of the Biden administration's legislative agenda, passing it along partisan lines with all 220 Democrats voting in favor. But as they say, the devil is in the details, and that's exactly what passage of the budget resolution initiates as both House and Senate committees scramble to draft legislative text for this massive package by September 15. But that's not the only deadline Congress is facing this fall.
For most of us, recess brings back fond memories of carefree moments, swing sets and sunshine but unfortunately the majority of Congress will only be swinging their coffee cups as they buckle down and do the people's work on a number of looming September deadlines including: reconciliation, raising the federal debt limit, and other expiring programs such as the end of COVID-driven increased benefits under SNAP. Additionally, the House agreed to vote on the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill by September 27, though there are a number of reasons why that goal post may move.
With so many competing issues, our ongoing advocacy is critical to the success of OAA funding for FY 2022 as well as our efforts to support $400 billion for Medicaid HCBS in the reconciliation package. Check out USAging's recent Advocacy Alert and Appropriations Campaign page to help you connect with your elected officials today!