Members of the Senate are now considering H.R. 2035, the “Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019″ bill.
The bill would provide $200 million in state respite care grant funding for the period from 2020 through 2024.
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Members of the House passed H.R. 2035 by a voice vote on July 24.
The bill was introduced by Rep. James Langevin, D-R.I.
H.R. 2035 had four Republican sponsors in the House as well as 12 Democratic sponsors, according to the bill’s Congress.gov page.
The federal government has provided funding for state respite care programs in the past, but funding authorization for the program expired in 2011.