Congressional Corner




March 16, 2017

This morning, the Trump administration released its FY18 skinny budget—a preview of the president’s full budget, which will be sent to Capitol Hill in the next 7-10 weeks. The skinny budget does not highlight agency funding levels under the HHS umbrella. However, it does provide a top line look at each department level. A line-by-line breakdown of all funding levels is expected in the full budget. It is anticipated that HHS will see a $15.1 billion cut, a decrease of roughly 18 percent in funding. The budget also includes a $500 million block grant at CDC, directs a $500 million increase to battle the opioid epidemic, and establishes a Federal Emergency Response Fund to allow for rapid response to infectious disease outbreaks.