House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee Approves Labor-HHS Spending Bill

Posted on: June 19th, 2015 by NADO Admin

This week, the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee approved its version of the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) funding bill.  The legislation includes funding for programs within the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education. The bill includes $153 billion in discretionary funding for FY2016, which is $3.7 billion lower than current levels and $14.6 billion below the President’s budget request.  The bill provides DOL’s Employment Training Administration (ETA) with $9.5 billion, a decrease of $196 million and $1 billion below the President’s request.  Funding for state and local workforce training and development programs are maintained at current funding levels.  The bill provides $1.7 billion for Job Corps, which is the same as current levels.

The bill funds HHS’s Administration for Community Living (ACL) at $1.9 billion, which is $261 million above current levels and $161 million below the President’s budget request. The majority of the increase supports the 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 HRSA to ACL. The bill also provides $441 million, a $2.5 million increase above current levels for the Congregate Meals program, and $220 million, a $3.5 million increase for the Meals on Wheels program.

The bill now heads to the full House Appropriations Committee for consideration.  Click here (http://appropriations NULL.house NULL.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-114hr-sc-ap-fy2016-laborhhs-subcommitteedraft NULL.pdf) to view the draft bill.

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