Congress is abuzz with activity. This week, the House will consider a package of spending bills, including its fiscal year 2020 (FY20) HHS appropriations bill. Next week, the week of June 17, the House will consider its FY20 HUD appropriations bill as part of another spending package. In addition to these appropriations measures, three non-appropriations issues are also in motion.

First, LeadingAge is supporting H.R. 2073 and S. 110, bi-partisan legislation to make permanent the 7.5% threshold for the medical expense deduction. We’ve joined over 50 other consumer and aging services organizations in a letter supporting these bills and hope members will respond to our action alert on this issue.

Second, we are pouring over the Senate Health, Education and Labor (HELP) Committee's bipartisan discussion draft to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA). Of note, the draft does not address any changes to Title V, the SCSEP Programs, that are a priority for LeadingAge and were included in the recommendations of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations to the HELP Committee.

Third, we were thrilled to see the June 4 introduction of Senate and House bills to expand and strengthen the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. The bills would expand state Housing Credit allocations by 50% and make several improvements, including clarifying some year-15 issues to help nonprofits attain communities after investors absorb their tax benefits and a basis boost for communities serving extremely low-income households.