Reprint – USCM Workforce Development Council Weekly Newsletter – May 6

Washington Update – Appropriations/Budget

On Tuesday, April 30, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies approved a Labor-HHS spending bill that provides $13.3 billion for the Department of Labor for fiscal year 2020 (FY20) — a 10 percent or nearly $1.2 billion increase from FY19 enacted levels, and far above the Trump administration’s proposed cuts of nearly 10 percent.

The bill also includes $75.9 billion in funding for the Department of Education, a $4.4 billion or 6 percent increase. The bill makes available almost $4 billion, plus reimbursements, for the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act and the National Apprenticeship Act. Below is a chart detailing the funding:

Adult Employment and Training Activities $900,000,000
Youth Activities $964,000,000
Dislocated Worker Employment and Training Activities $1,103,360,000
Dislocated Workers Assistance National Reserve $370,859,000
Native American Programs $55,000,000
Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers $98,896,000
YouthBuild $127,500,000
Ex-Offender Activities $100,000,000
Workforce Data Quality Initiative $8,000,000
Apprenticeship Expansion Under NAA $250,000,000

 

The Association for Career Technical Education and Advance CTE criticized the bill, saying that it “shortchanges” career and technical education. Specifically, both groups expressed their disappointment in the less than 3 percent increase to the Perkins State Basic Grant Program as compared to an increase of over 6 percent to funding for other federal education programs.  On Wednesday, May 8, the full House Appropriations Committee will consider the entire Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill.  Click here to watch the livestream. Click here to access the draft bill.

Categories: Workforce & Government.