To learn more about the legislative process, visit the Congress.gov website.
Every year, the President and Congress work together to create a budget to fund government agencies and programs for the next year. This includes funding for research and public education initiatives that are critical to early PH diagnosis and finding a PH cure.
The budget process typically begins in early February and ends by September 30. If Congress fails to pass a budget before October 1, it must pass a continuing resolution that funds government agencies at the previous year’s funding levels to avoid a federal government shutdown.
In recent years, Congress hasn’t followed the traditional schedule for approving a budget. Nevertheless, having a general knowledge of the Congressional budget timeline is helpful when talking to your Members of Congress about supporting funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).