Link: https://www.politicopro.com/health-care/story/2016/05/senates-mental-health-reform-effort-losing-steam-amid-shrinking-congressional-calendar-111911

 

By Brianna Ehley
May 10, 2016

Congress's plan to pass broad, bipartisan mental health reform - originally cast as a response to mass shootings and gun violence - is losing steam amid a shrinking calendar and disputes over cost and guns.

The Mental Health Reform Act sailed through the Senate's Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee in March, but its path to the floor is becoming less and less certain - although senior members of both parties returning from recess this week are still looking to get it moving. Lawmakers are continuing to negotiate how to pay for it and how to avoid a potential battle over gun politics, which almost always gets injected into the mental health debate.