On Thursday, Sept. 14, the House of Representatives passed a package of funding bills (H.R. 3354) to provide all discretionary funding for the federal government for the 2018 fiscal year. The bill, also known as the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, was passed on a vote of 211-198. Representative Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) stated, “We still have more work to do. This is the next step in the process, but it is not the end. Funding these important federal responsibilities and keeping the government open is our constitutional duty to the people we serve, and I look forward to the final completion of all these critical bills.”

House funding levels for a few of the programs the Alliance is monitoring:

Department of Labor

  • $3.04 billion for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • $2.9 billion for the Community Development Block Grant, $100 million below FY2017

Department of Health and Human Services

  • $112 million for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s opioid drug overdose prevention programs
  • $500 million in state opioid abuse crisis grants authorized under the 21st Century Cures Act
  • $9.3 billion for Head Start, a $22 million increase over FY2017
  • $2.8 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, a $4 million increase over FY2017
  • $250 million for Preschool Development Grants, the same level as FY2017
  • $3.39 billion for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (level funding with FY17)
  • $607.5 million for the Community Services Block Grant, a reduction over FY 2017
  • $1 billion for the Corporation for National and Community Service, level with FY 2017
  • The report out of the bill from the majority party emphasizes that this bill defunds the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including funds for the “Navigators” program.

Department of Education

  • $1.1 billion for 21st Century Community Learning Centers, a reduction from FY2017

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