House and Senate Appropriations Committees Approve FY2016 Labor-HHS-Education Spending Bills

Posted on: June 26th, 2015 by NADO Admin

This week, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved their respective versions of the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-HHS-Education) funding bill.  Both bills include $153 billion in discretionary funding for FY2016, which is $3.7 billion lower than current levels and $14.6 billion below the President’s FY2016 budget request.  The bills provide DOL’s Employment Training Administration (ETA) with $9.5 billion, a decrease of $196 million and $1 billion below the President’s FY2016 request.  Funding for state and local workforce training and development programs are maintained at current funding levels.  The bills provide $1.7 billion for Job Corps, which is the same as the current level.  The Senate bill also provides $19 million for a new training fund for dislocated workers from coal mines and coal-fired power plants.

The bills fund HHS Administration for Community Living (ACL) at $1.9 billion, which is $261 million above the current level and $161 million below the President’s FY2016 budget request. The majority of the increase supports transition programs under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) from the Department of Education to ACL, and the transfer of the Traumatic Brain Injury program from Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) to ACL.  The bills also provide $441 million, a $2.5 million increase above the current level, for the Congregate Meals program, and $220 million for the Meals on Wheels program, a $3.5 million increase.

The bills now head to the House and Senate floors for consideration.  Click here (http://appropriations NULL.house NULL.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-114hr-sc-ap-fy2016-laborhhs-subcommitteedraft NULL.pdf) to view the committee passed House bill.  Click here (http://www NULL.appropriations NULL.senate NULL.gov/sites/default/files/hearings/062316-FY16-LaborHHS-Subcommittee-Markup-Web NULL.pdf) to view a summary of the committee passed Senate bill.

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