With the American Rescue Plan now signed into law, President Biden and Congress are turning their attention to the fiscal year 2022 (FY 2022) budget, the next major demonstration of federal policy priorities. Ideally, the FY 2022 budget will represent a 180-degree turn in policy from that of the previous administration and its allies in Congress, with calls for additional investments in public health and a strengthened role for the federal government in the provision of health care, particularly sexual and reproductive health services.

While early indications from the Biden-Harris administration are encouraging, a true test of the White House’s commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights will come with the release of the president’s budget request, the toplines of which are expected this week, to be followed by the full proposal in the coming months. Similarly, promising rhetoric from leaders in Congress on issues like the Hyde Amendment will need to be reflected in budget and policy guidance to the House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees as they embark on their work.

Hopefully, both the White House budget request and congressional proposals will include the financial investments and policy recommendations put forward by the Blueprint for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice; many of these were echoed by the Biden-Harris campaign in 2020. The Blueprint, which was endorsed by close to 100 domestic and global organizations, lays out a vision for undoing the harms done by the prior administration and taking bold action to make real and equitable progress.

The Blueprint and associated documents highlight 10 key financial priorities related to sexual and reproductive health that must be included in the FY 2022 budget.

In addition to these funds, the White House and Congress should support a number of non-financial policy changes in the FY 2022 budget.

As the country and the world emerge from the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Trump-Pence administration, the Biden-Harris administration and Congress have a unique opportunity to breathe fresh life into the movement for sexual and reproductive health and rights. This starts with providing the funding and policy support needed through the FY 2022 budget, as now is the time for bold action and investment in our collective future.