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Senate Appropriations Committee advances Labor-HHS bill with increased funding for apprenticeship and adult basic education

  ·   By Katie Spiker,
Senate Appropriations Committee advances Labor-HHS bill with increased funding for apprenticeship and adult basic education

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee advanced their Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill. With their vote yesterday, the Senate has now advanced all 12 of their funding bills for FY 2019.

The Senate version of the bill included level funding for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) state formula grants and national programs. It also provided level funding for Workforce Data Quality Initiative Grants. The Senate bill would increase funding for apprenticeships by $15 million, $10 million more than the FY 2019 House bill. The Senate version also maintained a limitation that this funding only applies to registered apprenticeship programs, a limitation excluded from this year’s House bill. Committee report language in both the House and Senate recognize the importance of investing in local, industry driven partnerships as a foundation of apprenticeship expansion. This strategy is consistent with the bipartisan PARTNERS and BUILDS Acts.

The Senate Labor-HHS bill would increase funding for Adult Education and Family Literacy State Grants by $25 million over FY 2018 levels, up to $641,955,000, and level fund Career and Technical Education State Grants. The House bill would level fund adult education, instead providing Career and Technical Education State Grants with an increase of almost $115 million over FY 2018 levels.

The House remains stalled after the Appropriations’ Labor-HHS Subcommittee advanced a partisan bill on party lines two weeks ago, with full committee mark up of the bill having been delayed now twice. For more background, see earlier updates on the FY 2019 appropriations process here and here.

 

 

 

FY 2018 Omnibus

FY 2019 House Labor-HHS Bill

FY 2019 Senate Labor-HHS Bill

Department of Labor

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title I – State Formula Grants

$2,789,832,000

$2,789,832,000

$2,789,832,000

WIOA Adult

$845,556,000

$845,556,000

$845,556,000

WIOA Dislocated Worker

$1,040,860,000

$1,040,860,000

$1,040,860,000

WIOA Youth

$903,416,000

$903,416,000

$903,416,000

Wagner-Peyser Employment Service Grants

$666,413,000

$585,788,000

$666,413,000

Workforce Data Quality Initiative Grants

$6,000,000

$6,000,000

$6,000,000

Apprenticeship Grants

$145,000,000

$150,000,000

$160,000,000

DW National Reserve

$220,859,000

$200,000,000

$220,859,000

Native American Programs

$54,000,000

$55,000,000

$54,000,000

Ex-Offender Activities

$93,079,000

$93,079,000

$93,079,000

Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers

$87,896,000

$87,896,000

$87,896,000

YouthBuild

$89,534,000

$92,534,000

$89,534,000

Senior Community Service Employment Program

$400,000,000

$400,000,000

$400,000,000

Department of Education

Career and Technical Education State Grants

$1,192,598,000

$1,307,287,000

$1,200,019,000

Adult Education and Family Literacy State Grants

$616,955,000

$616,955,000

$641,955,000

 

Posted In: Federal Funding, Adult Basic Education, Work Based Learning