New bills aimed to solve the health funding crisis ?>

New bills aimed to solve the health funding crisis

 

Lawmakers introduced three bills, one to the House and two to the Senate, aimed at solving aspects of the health funding crisis brought on by the Zika pandemic. Below is a brief synopsis of each bill.

1) On Sept. 8, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., introduced a bill to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Senate bill 3302 sets up a permanent emergency healthcare fund of $2 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director to spend on detection, preparation or response to domestic of foreign public health threats.

The CDC director can use his discretion in how funds will be spent, however, for single projects greater than $1 billion, the director must submit his plans to the president and House and Senate appropriations subcommittees 30 days in advance for approval.

Since Boxer introduced S. 3302, the committee has not taken further action.


2) On Sept. 8, Rep. Curtis Clawson, R-Fla., introduced a bill to the House Appropriations Committee and the House Budget Committee. R. 5958 appropriates leftover FY16 funds from the Treasury for FY17 projects on Zika virus and other vector-borne diseases.

See graph below for spending breakdown (numbers in millions of dollars):

Since Clawson introduced H.R. 5958, the committees have not taken further action.


3) On Sept. 15, Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., introduced a bill to the House Appropriations Committee and the House Budget Committee. R. 6040 appropriates leftover FY16 funds from the Treasury for FY17 projects on Zika virus and other vector-borne diseases.

See graph below for spending breakdown (numbers in millions of dollars):

Since Rokita introduced H.R. 6040, the committees have not taken further action.

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