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OCTOBER

On October 23, 2007, the Senate voted 75-19 to pass its version of the FY 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education appropriations bill (S.1710). The Senate bill would provide about $606 billion in 2008 funding for Labor, HHS, and Education programs. Of the total, $149.9 billion is discretionary spending, which is a $5.4 billion increase over fiscal 2007 levels and $9.6 billion more than the Administration requested. The bill contains $1.9 billion less than the House-passed version (H.R. 3043) and includes $940.5 million for WIA youth activities, $65 million for YouthBuild, and $1.66 billion for Job Corps. The Senate bill does not include a rescission of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds.

The House of Representatives passed its version of the FY 2008 Labor, HHS and Education appropriations bill on July 19. The House bill includes a $335 million rescission of "unexpended" WIA funding.  These funds are redirected to increase IDEA funding to $12.31 billion.  The House bill contains $940.5 million for WIA youth activities (before the $335 million rescission), $60 million for YouthBuild, and $68.7 million for ex-offender activities, of which no less than $48 million must be spent on youthful offender activities. 

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Labor, HHS, and Education Subcommittee, stated earlier this month his intentions to move quickly to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the bill in conference committee. The Senate has appointed Senators Harkin (D-IA), Inouye (D-HI), Kohl (D-WI), Murray (D-WA), Landrieu (D-LA), Durbin (D-IL), Reed (D-RI), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Byrd (D-WV), Specter (R-PA), Cochran (R-MS), Gregg (R-NH), Craig (R-ID), Hutchison (R-TX), Stevens (R-AK), Shelby (R-AL), and Domenici (R-NM) to the conference committee. The House has not yet appointed its conferees. To access information on contacting your Senator or Representative regarding this issue, visit http://nyec.modernsignal.net/content/documents/FinalAppropsLegAlertOct07.htm

The Senate passed the Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations bill with amendments (H.R. 3093) on October 16. The House passed its version in July. Members are currently reconciling the bill in conference committee. The House bill includes $264.1 billion for juvenile justice and delinquency prevention programs, while the Senate bill includes $294.5 billion. These totals include funding for Title II State Formula Funds, Title V Local Delinquency Prevention, Juvenile Accountability Block Grants, and Delinquency Prevention Block Grants.

For information on specific funding levels for various programs, access the NYEC Budget and Appropriations Side-by-Side at http://nyec.modernsignal.net/content/documents/BudgetChartFY08.pdf

SEPTEMBER

On September 14, NYEC sent a letter to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee thanking them for their work on the Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education Appropriations bill and asking them to reject any rescission of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds. Read NYEC's letter at www.nyec.org/Final%20Senaterescissionletter91407.pdf.  The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a FY 2008 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations bill on June 21, and on June 27 senators reported it out of committee and placed the bill on the Senate calendar. The Senate version of the Labor, HHS, and Education appropriations bill does include a rescission and funds the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), at $12.33 billion, close to House IDEA funding levels, at $12.31 billion.

The House of Representatives passed its version of the FY 2008 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations bill on July 19. The House bill includes a $335 million rescission of "unexpended" WIA Program Year 2007 funding.  These funds are redirected to increase IDEA funding to $12.31 billion.  The future of Labor, HHS, and Education appropriations depend on the timing of a Senate vote on its version of the legislation.

For information on specific funding levels for various programs, access the NYEC Budget and Appropriations Side-by-Side at nyec.modernsignal.net/content/documents/Budget%20Chart%20FY08.pdf.

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