Not to alarm you – but everybody’s talkin’ ‘bout a government shutdown

Fifteen days from Fiscal Year 2016, APA and allies seek a budget deal

Congress has only 15 days left in September to reach a budget agreement, since the new fiscal year starts on October 1.  Most observers are not anticipating a new compromise agreement, a la 2013’s Ryan- Murray deal.  With so little time remaining, it seems more likely that Congress will need to enact a continuing resolution.  Absent a new budget deal or congressional action to carry the current funding level forward into the new fiscal year, the government will shut down for the second time in three years.

As often seems to be the case, the two parties are having difficulty negotiating their differences. Consider the case of Planned Parenthood. Republicans want to use the budget negotiations to defund the group after “sting” videos released this summer allegedly showed the organization illegally profiting from the sale of fetal tissue. Democrats assert that they will reject any budget that defunds Planned Parenthood.

Hoping to help break the impasse, APA has joined with many other science and health organization this week to support the Rally for Medical Research. With media events and a large lobby day involving over 300 advocates and scientists, the purpose of the Rally is to persuade Congress to act to support "robust, predictable and sustainable increases" for the National Institutes of Health for FY 2016 and beyond." We will share more news about that effort in a few days.