The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies authored a spending bill to fund the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. Department of Education (ED) and related independent agencies.
Funding levels proposed by the subcommittee provided $5 billion of cuts across funded agencies including: $1.3 billion cut to DOL, which included a cut to critical workforce programs within their Employment and Training Administration (ETA); $542 million cut to HHS; $2.4 billion cut to ED. The bill contains clear loses, including: elimination of Title II, Part A funding of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which provides funding for professional development for educators, class-size reduction, educator recruitment and retention, and mentoring; reduction of afterschool and summer funding through 21st Century Community Learning Center funding; and significant reductions to workforce education and training programs.
The budget also contains positive news for local programs including rejection of proposed eliminations of key grant programs such as LIHEAP and SSBG, as well as the independent agencies of the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Institute of Museum and Library Science.
The following chart compares funding for key municipal programs in the current (FY ’17) Budget along with funding requests in the President’s proposal, as well as funding authorized in the bills approved by the House Appropriations Committee:
|Program||FY’17 Budget||President’s Proposal||FY’18 House Bill|
|Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)||$3.474 billion||$2.133 million||$3.042 billion|
|Charter School Program grants||$342 million||$509 million||$370 million|
|Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)||$12 billion||$12 billion||$12.2 billion|
|Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)||$3.390 billion||Eliminated||$3.390 billion|
|Community Service Block Grant (CSBG)||$715 million||Eliminated||$607.5 million|
|Social Services Block Grant (SSBG)||$1.7 billion||Eliminated||$1.7 billion|
|Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)||$1 billion||Eliminated||$1 billion|
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