August 22, 2021
Lawmakers in Washington are working to adopt a new federal budget that is required to be in place by October 1, 2021. The likelihood that this timeframe will be met is not good due to holdups associated with the presidential transition that occurred earlier this year.
Below is information I asked the National Council to pull together that tries to simplify a complicated situation. Use the links embedded to explore the details of the two related efforts underway:
Capitol Hill Update: Budget Resolution and the Infrastructure Package
House Democratic leadership recently outlined the chamber’s schedule – when the House returns on Monday, lawmakers will vote on a rule that will set up debate on the Senate-passed budget resolution and the bipartisan infrastructure deal.
Read a breakdown of the budget resolution. Any policy guidelines accompanying the budget resolution are neither final nor exclusive. Moving forward, Democrats will aim to pass the package via reconciliation, a powerful procedural tool that allows budget bills to move through the Senate via a simple majority and avoid a legislative filibuster. The budget resolution can be a key opportunity to include efforts that bolster mental health and substance use service across the country, including the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act of 2021, and other initiatives aimed at allowing LPCs and MFTs to bill Medicare, and retention bonuses.