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Senate Appropriations Committee Passes Labor, HHS Spending Bill

On June 9, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved, 29-1, the FY2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies spending bill (S. 3040). The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies approved the legislation by voice vote on June 7.

According to the committee report, the bill would provide $161.857 billion in discretionary funding in FY2017, which is $270 million below FY2016.

The committee summary notes that the legislation includes a total of $76.9 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, an increase of $1.4 billion above the FY2016 level. It includes a $35 million increase for Head Start in order to help these programs “keep up with costs, recruit and retain highly qualified staff, maintain enrollment, and provide high-quality early childhood services for children and families.” Additionally, $2.8 billion has been allocated to the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), an increase of $25 million above FY2016. This funding is intended to “improve child care health and safety standards, and otherwise improve working families’ access to quality child care.”

The bill also includes $15.931 million for treatment of pregnant and postpartum women through the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment’s Programs of Regional National Significance. In addition, the bill would allocate $4.96 million for the Breast Cancer Awareness for Young Women program and $210 million for breast and cervical cancer research, as well as $7.5 million for ovarian cancer research and $46 million for the Safe Motherhood/Infant Health initiative.

The committee report also urges increased research on gestational diabetes at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease.

The Department of Education would be funded at $71.235 billion, $213 million below FY2016 and $1.5 billion below the president’s request.

The Department of Labor would be funded at $13.614 billion, which is $115 million below FY2016 and $761 million below the president’s request.

The following chart details funding for programs important to women and their families.

Program/Agency

FY2016

President’s FY2017 Request

FY2017

Department of Labor

Dislocated Workers’ Assistance $1.242 billion $1.334 billion $1.237 billion
Women in Apprenticeships $994,000 $0 $0*
Women’s Bureau $11.536 million $12.902 million $11.536 million
International Labor Affairs $86.125 million $101.23 million $91.125 million

Department of Health and Human Services

Health Resources and Services Administration $6.434 billion $5.983 billion

 

$6.402 billion
Community Health Centers $1.492 billion $1.342 billion $1.492 billion
Maternal and Child Health Bureau $845.117 billion $845.117 billion $846.617 billion
Maternal and Child Health Block Grant $638.2 million $638.2 million $641.7 million
Heritable Disorders $13.883 million $14 million $11.883 million
Universal Newborn Hearing Screening $17.818 million $17.818 million $17.818 million
Healthy Start $103.5 million $103.5 million $103.5 million
Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act $2.323 billion $2.332 billion $2.294 billion
Ryan White Part C—Early Intervention $205 million $280 million** $201.1 million
Ryan White Part D—Children, Youth, Women and Families Programs $75.088 million $0** $75.088 million
Family Planning $286.479 million $300 million $286.479 million
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention $7.233 billion $7.039 billion $7.115 billion
Global Health $427.121 million $442.121 million $432.121 million
HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and TB Prevention $1.122 billion $1.128 billion $1.112 billion
National Institutes of Health $32.084 billion $31.084 billion $34.084 billion
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities $280.68 million $279.68 million $292.323 million
Administration for Children and Families $33.007 billion 34.761 billion $33.825 billion
Child Support Enforcement $4.071 billion $4.277 billion $4.277 billion
Refugee and Entrant Assistance (aid to victims of trafficking) $18.775 million $22 million $18.775 million
Child Care Development Block Grant $2.761 billion $2.962 billion $2.786 billion
Child and Families Services Program $11.234 billion $11.725 billion $11.215 billion
Head Start $9.168 billion $9.602 billion $9.203 billion
Family Violence/Battered Women’s Shelters $150 million $151 million $151 million
National Domestic Violence Hotline $8.25 million $12.3 million $8.25 million
Promoting Safe and Stable Families (overall) $404.765 million $424.765 million $384.765 million
Office of the Secretary—General Departmental Management $520 million $544.89 million $509.747 million
Sexual Risk Avoidance $10 million $0 $15 million
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Community Grants $101 million $104.79 million $101 million
Office of Minority Health $56.67 million $56.67 million $50 million
Office on Women’s Health $32.14 million $32.14 $29 million
Minority HIV/AIDS $53.9 million $53.9 $48 million
Office for Civil Rights $38.798 million $42.705 million $38.798 million

Department of Education

Title I Grants to LEAs $14.91 billion $15.359 billion $15.4 billion
Special Education Grants for Infants and Families $458.556 million $503.556 million $458.556 million
Child Care Access Means Students in School (CCAMPIS) $15.134 million $15.134 million $15.134 million
Office for Civil Rights $107 million $137.708 million $110 million

*The committee accepted the president’s recommendation to eliminate the Women in Apprenticeship program, noting that the recommendation “significantly expands funding for the new wide-scale apprenticeship grant program, which includes an element designed to support apprenticeship opportunities for women, minorities, and other under-represented populations more holistically.”

**The president’s budget proposed consolidating funding for Ryan White Part D into Part C, noting that “The consolidated Part C program will emphasize care across all vulnerable populations, genders, and ages, thus assuring services for women, infants, children, and youth throughout the program.”

The committee did not accept this recommendation, thus keeping Parts C and D as separate programs.

 

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