House Appropriations Committee released a draft of the Fiscal Year 2013
(FY 2013) Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill earlier today. The
bill is expected to be marked up in subcommittee tomorrow, where it may
the bill cuts more than $6 billion in discretionary funding from
current levels. The majority of programs are flat-funded at current
levels, but there are some notable increases and decreases. The
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) is cut by $194
million and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is
funded $111 million below last year’s level. However, Head Start and
child care do receive modest funding increases of $46 million and $25
million respectively, although these increases are lower than they both
receive under the Senate bill.
Finally, the bill again de-funds many of the programs integral to the
President’s health care reform law, which would make implementing the
law difficult if not impossible.
timeline on full House consideration of the Labor-HHS bill has yet to
be determined, but with three weeks left in session before the next
break the House has plenty of time to pass it before leaving for the
five-week long summer recess. Stay tuned for more details on
programmatic funding levels which should be available with the release
of the committee report following tomorrow’s markup.