President Joe Biden signed a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded through March 11. The measure gives lawmakers more time to develop and pass a long-term omnibus spending bill for fiscal year (FY) 2022.
Last week, the Senate passed the House-approved CR in a bipartisan 65–27 vote. Meanwhile, House Committee on Appropriations Chair Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Senate Committee on Appropriations Chair Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced bipartisan, bicameral negotiators agreed on a framework for an FY 2022 spending measure. Additional details, including topline numbers, are not yet public.
The House and Senate are on recess and will return Feb. 28.
President Biden Prepares Address to Congress
President Joe Biden has invited all members of Congress to attend the annual State of the Union address March 1.
The House sergeant at arms released updated guidelines for those in attendance to promote safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike years past, attendees cannot bring a guest and must provide a negative COVID-19 test, undergo a health screening, and wear a mask at all times.
The White House is expected to release the president’s FY 2023 budget and policy priorities in the weeks ahead of the address.
Califf Sworn in
The Senate last week voted 50–46 to approve the nomination of Robert Califf, MD, as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On Feb. 17, Califf was sworn in, officially becoming a member of the Biden administration. Califf likely will face challenges leading the agency, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and new treatment options vie for FDA approval.
Register Now: Spring Policy Assembly
America’s Essential Hospitals invites you to join us online for our spring Policy Assembly, March 15–16. Attendees will learn about current legislation, hear a 2022 midterm election preview, and review the outlook for essential hospital advocacy priorities. Register today!