Quigley Priorities Included in Labor-HHS Appropriations Legislation
The House Committee on Appropriations this week approved the fiscal year 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill, which includes several initiatives championed by Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05). As part of this legislation, the Committee approved funding requested by Quigley for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, gun violence research, and Title X Family Planning.
“In recent years, too many of the critical programs supported by LHHS have faced funding cuts or come under attack. The passage of this bill is a significant step toward course correcting,” said Quigley. “I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues to ensure that the programs that are important to my constituents have adequate funding.”
“For too long, the CDC has faced a ban on researching the gun violence epidemic plaguing our country. Now, for the first time in over 20 years, the LHHS bill includes $50 million to study gun violence. I’m also proud to have played a role in advocating for funding for programs to expand treatment and prevention for HIV/AIDS,” continued Quigley. “This legislation also makes important steps towards the goal of ending ALS during our lifetime. Earlier this year I met with Brian Wallach, founder of I Am ALS, to discuss concrete ways of making this goal a reality. This bill is partially a product of that conversation.”
Quigley successfully advocated for language in the bill to direct the National Institute of Health to develop a multi-institute initiative to study ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases, a significant step in the fight for a cure to ALS. And after years of being a staunch advocate for the “Blood is Blood” campaign, Quigley ensured that this legislation also includes language that acknowledges the clear bias the blood donor questionnaire has towards gay men. Additionally, it recommends that the FDA work with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to receive the latest science on risks of STI transmission through blood donation instead of focusing on someone’s sexual orientation.
In total, the bill includes $189.9 billion in base discretionary funding, an increase of $11.8 billion over the 2019 enacted level and $48 billion over the President’s 2020 budget request. The LHHS bill supports some of the nation’s most critical programs that touch individuals and families throughout their lifespan, from Early Head Start to Social Security.