2020 Election Results and Legislative Priorities for 2021

Posted by Reeve Foundation Staff in Daily Dose on November 24, 2020 # Advocacy and Policy

As states begin to certify the 2020 election results, we know this much is clear. Joe Biden and Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency turned out a record number of Americans to the voting booths and Joe Biden won 306 to 232 electoral votes.

Democrats will maintain a slimmer majority in the House of Representatives while control of the Senate is up for grabs in a pair of runoff elections in Georgia, set for January 5.

Congress returned to work after an election recess, and there is no shortage of things to do. The nation’s health and financial systems are in dire need of further stimulus spending, and government funding will run out on December 11.

In the midst of it all, the FY’21 budget for Health and Human Services is still stalled in the Senate. In recognition of the vital work of the Paralysis Resource Center (PRC), the House of Representatives funded the program at $9.7 million. We are counting on the Senate to do the same.

The 117th Congress will be sworn in on January 3, 2021, and president-elect Biden will take the oath of office on January 20, 2021. So as we move into the holidays and prepare for a new government, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is renewing our commitment to advocate for the preservation, protection, and improvement of accessibility policies and statutes and of civil rights for those impacted by paralysis or mobility impairments and their family caregivers. This will include ensuring we work with government entities, community partners, and manufacturers to provide targeted outreach and education explaining the development, allocation, efficacy, and risks associated with a COVID-19 vaccine.

We will also continue to educate Congress about the critical work of the PRC, urge Congress to support expanded federal funding for all biomedical research, especially spinal cord injury (SCI) and paralysis research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense (DOD) and continue to push for passage of Air Carrier Access Amendments Act of 2019.

We can use your support in fighting to achieve these goals. Sign up now to become an advocate and be on the lookout for new updates from Capitol Hill, including a survey where we hope to learn about what is important to you and your families. In the meantime, please try and enjoy your holiday and the time you will all have with loved ones. Then it’s back to work!

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