Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Spending Bill for the Departments of Health & Human Services, Labor, Education, and Related Agencies

On July 11, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its FY 2014 spending bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (L-HHS-ED).  View the Committee Report.   A few disability-related programs received notable increases:

Special Education:

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B grants to states – an increase of $125 million (to $11.7 billion)
  • Early Intervention – an increase of $21 million (to $463 million)
  • Research – an increase of $20 million (to nearly $70 million)

Social Security Administration:

  • Program integrity activities, including continuing disability reviews (CDRs) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) redeterminations – a $441 million increase (to $1.2 billion)
  • Administrative expenses – an increase of $534 million (to $12 billion)

Despite these and other funding increases, it is important to note that the Senate numbers do not account for the automatic across-the-board spending cuts (sequestration) in FY 2014 since the Senate Budget Resolution assumed elimination of sequestration. It is likely that one or more continuing resolutions (CR) are likely at this point.

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