House Budget Committee Approves HHS Bill That Cuts Agency Funding

The House Budget Committee on Wednesday voted to approve a bill that would cut funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by $7.5 billion for fiscal year 2025, or 6.4 percent below fiscal year 2024 levels.

The bill passed the committee by a vote of 31 to 25 and now heads to the full House, which will vote on it the week of July 29.

The funding levels in the bill are far from final, as the Senate will likely pass a significantly different version of the legislation.

The bill contains numerous policies that Democrats have decried as poison pills, including cutting funding for domestic HIV programs, tobacco prevention, teen pregnancy prevention programs and Title X family planning subsidies. It would also block federal funding for gender-affirming care.

The bill would limit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Injury Prevention Program and the Opioid Overdose Prevention and Monitoring Initiative.

“While nearly all of the 2025 funding bills we considered this year included attacks on women’s health, this one goes the furthest by blocking access to abortion, reproductive health care, and contraception,” said Budget Committee Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.).

Lawmakers also passed an amendment, introduced by Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.), that would ban funding for CDC research into gun violence as a public health epidemic if it is accompanied by advocating for restrictions on firearms.

What is striking is that the legislation prevents the Biden administration from carrying out its mandate for nursing home staff.

“By pushing this bill through the full committee, Republicans are demonstrating that we are united in strengthening our national security, curbing executive overreach, and supporting American values ​​and principles,” said Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), chairman of the House Committee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies.

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