House Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY2013 Labor-HHS Spending Measure; Maintains Level Funding for Most Workforce Programs

Posted on: July 23rd, 2012 by NADO Admin

On July 18, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies approved its FY2013 Labor-HHS spending bill. Overall, the bill maintains current funding levels for most of the Workforce Investment Act programs including Adult Employment and Training, Youth Training, and Dislocated Worker Assistance.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its FY2013 Labor-HHS spending bill on June 14, but has not advanced any of the FY2013 appropriations bills to the floor.

The following are a few highlights of the House draft FY2013 Labor-HHS appropriations bill:

U.S. Department of Labor Programs

  • Employment and Training Administration: The House draft provides $3.01 billion for the Training and Employment Services account, which funds most activities under WIA.
  • Grants to States: The draft includes $2.60 billion for grants to states, level with the Senate bill and FY2012 funding. The House draft also includes language that would allow local workforce boards to transfer up to 30 percent between the adult and dislocated worker assistance State grant programs, if such transfer is approved by the Governor.
  • Governor’s Reserve Fund: The House draft includes language that would allow Governors to reserve up to 15 percent of WIA State grant program funding if half of the total set-aside is used to support on-the-job and incumbent training to improve the skills of workers, avert layoffs, or lead to employment, and is delivered on a local or regional basis for in-demand occupations or industries.                       
  • Adult Employment and Training: For adult employment and training activities, the House draft includes $769.46 million for FY2013, level with current funding and just below the Senate bill.
  • Youth Employment and Training: For youth training programs, the draft includes $824.35 million, level with the Senate bill and just slightly below the current level of $825.91 million.
  • Dislocated Worker Employment and Training: For dislocated worker assistance, the House draft includes $1.006 billion, slightly below the current level and the Senate bill (both at $1.008 billion).
  • YouthBuild: The House draft includes $80 million, slightly above the Senate bill and the current funding.
  • Workforce Innovation Fund: Although the Administration requested $100 million for FY2013 and the Senate bill includes $50 million, the House draft eliminates funding for the Workforce Innovation Fund.
  • Job Corps: The House draft includes $1.68 billion for Job Corps, slightly below current funding and just above the Senate level.
  • Community Service Employment for Older Americans: The House draft includes $448.25 million, level with current funding and the Senate bill.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Programs

  • Head Start: The House draft includes $8.04 billion, just above the Senate level and current funding.
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program: The House draft includes $3.472 billion, level with the Senate bill and just below current funding.  The Administration had proposed a $452 million cut for FY2013.
  • Community Services Block Grant: The House draft includes $677 million, level with the Senate bill and just below current funding.  The Administration had proposed a cut of $327 million in FY2013.
  • Community Economic Development: The draft includes $29.94 million, level with FY2012 funding level and the Administration’s request.
  • Rural Community Facilities: The draft includes $4.98 million for the rural community facilities program, level with current funding and $1 million below the Senate bill. The Administration had proposed to eliminate funding in FY2013.
  • Social Services Block Grant: The House draft includes $1.7 billion, level with the Senate bill and current funding.

To view the Labor-HHS funding comparison chart, click here.

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