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July 12
​Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY2014 Labor and HHS Bill

On July 11, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY2014 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education spending bill by a vote of 16-14. The bill would provide more than $164 billion in domestic discretionary spending.  In general, most programs of interest to counties received either current funding or slight increases, including:

  • Continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act, through an appropriation of $5.2 billion for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services program management, an increase of $1.4 billion relative to FY2013 funding

  • A total of almost $2.7 billion for Workforce Investment Act grants, representing an $85 million increase above FY2013 levels

  • An increase of nearly $30 million above FY2013 levels for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant for a total of $1.8 billion

  • An increase of $1.6 billion above FY2013 levels for Head Start for a total of $9.6 billion. Most of this increase ($1.4 billion) is dedicated to Early Head Start, including the new Early Head Start/Child Care partnerships proposed in the President’s budget. Early Head Start typically receives only 10 percent of the overall Head Start budget

  • Continued funding for the Community Services Block Grant at the current level of $676 million, a program that the president has proposed cutting in half

The House has not scheduled mark-up of its Labor, Health and Human Services and Education spending bill, but it should be noted that its overall spending allocation is considerably lower, at $121.8 billion, making it extremely difficult to maintain current funding for many programs.

Contacts: Paul Beddoe (health) pbeddoe@naco.org 202.942.4234; Daria Daniel (workforce) ddaniel@naco.org 202.942.4212; Marilina Sanz (human services and education) msanz@naco.org 202.942.4260

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