House Appropriations Committee Releases FY2017 Labor-HHS-Education Spending Bill

Posted on: July 8th, 2016 by NADO Admin

This week, the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved by voice vote its fiscal year (FY) 2017 spending bill.  The bill totals $161.6 billion in discretionary spending, $569 million below the FY2016 enacted level and $2.8 billion below the President’s budget request.  The bill provides the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment Training Administration (ETA) with $9.8 billion, a decrease of $257 million below last year’s enacted level and $568 million below the President’s budget request.  The Senate approved its version of the FY2017 Labor-HHS-Education bill in June.  The House bill provides the following funding for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs:

  • $815 million for state adult employment and training activities ($27 million below the FY2016 enacted level and $33 million above the Senate-recommended level);
  • $873 million for state youth activities ($29 million below the FY2016 enacted level and $35 million above the Senate-recommended level);
  • $1.04 billion for state dislocated worker employment and training activities ($201 million below the FY2016 enacted level and $24 million above the Senate-recommended level)
  • $120 million for the dislocated workers assistance national reserve with $20 million available for training and employment assistance for workers dislocated from coal mines and coal-fired power plants ($100 million below the FY2016 enacted level and $110 million below the Senate-recommended level; the Senate bill includes $19 million for coal-impacted workers).

The bill also includes language preventing DOL from implementing its rule making changes to regulations governing overtime pay.  The final rule issued in May raises the executive, administrative, and professional salary exemptions to $47,476 per year.

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