March 9, 2022

Congress Unveils Fiscal Year 2022 Omnibus Text

House and Senate leaders early Wednesday morning released the text of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 (H.R. 2471), a package containing all fiscal year (FY) 2022 spending bills; emergency funding for COVID-19 and Ukraine; and other provisions. The House is expected to vote today on the omnibus as well as a short-term continuing resolution to keep the government funded at current levels through next Tuesday, March 15, to allow lawmakers additional time beyond the current March 11 deadline to complete work on the spending package.

Within the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies portion, which has jurisdiction over key federal research agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the bill provides:

Specific to women’s health and women’s health research, the bill’s report language also includes:

Responding to the bill, Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) said, “At a critical moment for our country, this bipartisan bill makes investments where they matter most–in workers, students, women, and families…These are investments that lower families’ costs, create opportunity, protect our communities, and ultimately make our nation stronger.”

To view the bill and its supporting documents, please view the following links. The bill text is available here, the Labor-HHS explanatory statement is available here, the division-by-division summary is available here, and the summary of the COVID supplemental is available here.

For questions, please contact SWHR Chief Advocacy Officer Lindsey Horan.