Senate Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Labor-HHS-Education Spending Bill

On May 7, the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a hearing on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Budget for FY 2015. The following HHS officials provided testimony – Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Mary K. Wakefield, Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); Mark H. Greenberg, Acting Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families (ACF); and Tim Love, Chief Operating Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Much of the discussion centered on the proposed increases for the early Head Start program, zeroing out of funding for the CDC’s national public health institutes in developing countries, reductions for the low income heating assistance program (LIHEAP), and the additional $1.1 billion that is needed for mandated spending on the unaccompanied refugee minors program. See the written testimony and hearing webcast at the committee website.