On Tuesday, the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved their FY 2020 funding bill. The bill contains significant increases in funding for key public health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The funding allocated to key center programs at CDC and HRSA will be released following the full Committee mark-up scheduled for May 8. In addition to the increases in funding for our key agencies, we were pleased to see the Subcommittee provide NIH and CDC with dedicated funds to support firearm injury and mortality prevention research. Additional details on the bill were distributed on Tuesday evening in a special edition of our Policy and Advocacy newsletter. This is the first of the 12 regular appropriations bills to be considered. Before any of the appropriations bills can become law, a budget agreement raising the statutory spending caps will be necessary. In the current political environment, reaching such an agreement will not come easily. There is some speculation that a deal to increasing the spending caps may be paired with a debt limit extension that the Treasury Department says will be needed before Labor Day.