Budget Deal to Be Voted On Before August Recess, Appropriations Discussions Continue

On Monday, congressional leadership announced a deal brokered with the White House on spending levels for FY2020. The deal would lift the nation’s debt limit for two years to avoid massive spending cuts. Leaders in both chambers have called for a vote on the deal before the August recess. While this sets top line spending numbers, Congress must still appropriate these funds to avoid another government shutdown.

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Measure Introduced to Increase Data Collection for LGBTQ Community

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) have reintroduced the LGBTQ Data Inclusion Act. This bill would require federal surveys to include data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity on a voluntary basis. Lawmakers argue this data is necessary to ensure agencies are adequately meeting the needs of the LGBTQ community.

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CARE Act Gains Traction with Support from Medical Experts

The Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency Act (CARE Act) was introduced last month to provide additional resources to government groups working to combat opioid addiction and prevent opioid overdoses. In the days leading up to a Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on the issue, medical experts overwhelmingly chose to endorse the legislation as a possible solution to combatting addiction and addiction related death.

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