Appropriations Subcommittee Approves Fiscal Year 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Funding Bill
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies today approved by voice vote its fiscal year 2022 bill.
For 2022, the bill provides $253.8 billion, an increase of $55.2 billion – 28 percent – above 2021. With this historic increase, the legislation:
- Creates and sustains good-paying American jobs through investments in job training, apprenticeship programs, and worker protection
- Grows opportunity with transformative investments in education, including record funding for high-poverty schools and students with disabilities, and strong increases for programs that expand access to post-secondary education
- Supports middle class and working families with increased funding for child care and development programs, Head Start, and preschool development grants
- Strengthens lifesaving biomedical research with increased funding for the National Institutes of Health, including funding to establish the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health
- Bolsters our public health infrastructure with more resources for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and for states and local governments to strengthen infrastructure and capacity
- Addresses our nation’s most urgent health crises, including maternal health, mental health, gun violence, and opioid abuse, while making strides to reduce persistent and unacceptable health disparities
- Advances equal treatment for women by increasing funding for the range of health services, including family planning, covered by Title X and repealing the discriminatory Hyde Amendment
The bill next heads to the full Committee for markup.
“Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, hardworking middle class families and people struggling to make it into the middle class were already having a hard time getting the support they needed to lead healthy, happy, and productive lives. Child care is widely inaccessible. Students face considerable barriers to an affordable, high-quality education. Women are all too often unable to obtain the life-saving medical treatment they need. And our public health infrastructure is in dire need of an update. The COVID-19 pandemic further exacerbated these already existing challenges,” Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) said. “I am proud that the funding in the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bill will lift up struggling families, support the vulnerable, and help prepare our nation for future challenges. This bill touches people at every stage of their lives, and the massive funding increase will create a society that provides people with the help they so desperately need. With this funding, House Democrats are ensuring the American people and our public health system is equipped with the resources needed to allow our communities to thrive.”
A summary of the bill is here. The text of the draft bill is here. In keeping with the Appropriations Committee’s commitment to transparency, information on Community Project Funding in the bill is here.