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The past few weeks have been among the most disturbing in recent years, raising renewed concerns about how to address mass casualty shootings. Several efforts are underway in Congress, however, partisanship remains a major barrier despite national polling indicating broad support for some gun control measures. Inflation is also top of mind these days. Gas and food prices are soaring, hitting Americans on a daily basis, and the baby formula supplies are far from pre-pandemic levels. Congress returns from the annual Memorial Day recess on June 7th and will work on nomination votes and legislation addressing the health of veterans exposed to burn pits, the annual defense authorization, and the appropriations funding levels for FY2023.
March was an active month with the March 1 State of the Union, March 15 signing into law the FY2022 Omnibus Appropriations bill, and March 28 release of President Biden’s FY2023 budget proposal. The House and Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees have jumped right into organizing budget hearings and collecting appropriations submissions, including community project funding requests from constituents. Many more people have also returned to Capitol Hill, holding meetings in offices and hearings in person.
President Biden gave his first State of the Union speech on March 1, focused on Ukraine as well as infrastructure, electric vehicles, gas prices, climate change, manufacturing such as the new Intel semiconductor site in Columbus, child care and paid leave, crime and police training, voting rights, and several health issues: COVID and his “Test to Treat” initiative, opioids, mental health, Cancer Moonshot, and biomedical research through ARPA-H. In the coming weeks, he will announce his FY2023 budget and then Congress can begin work on their 12 appropriations bills.