By Mark Valentini, Director of Legislative Affairs
On June 26, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the last package of appropriations bills, having completed its part of the FY2020 appropriations process. The U.S. Senate must now consider 12 spending bills to fund government operations beginning Oct. 1, 2019.
The Labor-Health & Human Services-Education (Labor-HHS-Ed) appropriations bill proposes significant increases in funding for workforce training and education programs for FY2020. Those increases include $90 million over FY2019 for apprenticeships ($250 million total); a $492 million increase in Pell Grants over FY2019 (about $25 billion total); and $60 million in additional funding for Perkins Career & Technical Education over FY2019 ($1.9 billion total). Funding increases proposed for the U.S. Department of Education’s Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act also are detailed below. It is unclear whether the Senate will support the proposed funding levels and the Senate Appropriations Committee has not yet scheduled any markups.
The chart below outlines funding that was approved for FY2019; the funding requested by the White House for FY2020; the funding proposed by the House for FY2020; comparisons between proposed FY2020 funding and approved FY2019 funding; and the differences between what the White House requested for FY2020 vs. what was proposed by the House for FY2020.
Director of Legislative Affairs , PHCC-National Association