On July 7th, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (L-HHS-ED) passed a fiscal year (FY) 2017 funding bill. The bill provides topline amounts and proposes spending $161.6 billion, a cut of $569 from FY 2016, and eliminates a number of federal programs, such as family planning services. Below are select proposed amounts for disability-related programs:
- Administration for Community Living (ACL) – $2 billion, which is $11 million above the FY 2016 enacted level.
- Special Education – $12.4 billion for IDEA special education grants to states, an increase of $500 million over the FY 2016 enacted level.
- The Social Security Administration – a decrease of $250 million from FY 2016 levels.
For more information, see the committee’s website and watch for a breakdown of program funding amounts in next week’s Capitol Insider.
The L-HHS-ED bill is expected to be considered by the full committee this week. To date, Congress has not passed any of the 12 spending bills. If Congress is unable to pass separate appropriations, a continuing resolution is likely.