Budget & Appropriations – House Advances FY 2019 Labor-HHS-Ed Spending Bill

On June 15, a House Appropriations subcommittee approved the largest of the 12 annual nondefense discretionary (NDD) spending bills, the one that funds the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, and Labor, and related agencies (L-HHS-ED). The $177.1 billion measure for fiscal year (FY) 2019 does not include an increase over FY 2018 (unlike other NDD funding bills), setting up a contentious situation where select program increases come at the expense of other programs. In addition, disagreements over cuts to certain programs and politically divisive policy additions to the bill could derail the measure when it goes to the full House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. The Committee report with detailed line item funding amounts should be posted tomorrow.


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