Summary of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Division of 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Act

December 9, 2014
Press Release

 

2014 enacted level:                            $156.8 billion

2015 Request:                                     $158.1 billion

2015 Omnibus:                                    $156.8 billion

2015 emergency funding for Ebola:   $2.7 billion

 

Highlights and key points:

  • $2.7 billion for emergency funding related to the Ebola outbreak.
  • $30.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health, which is $150 million more than the 2014 enacted level.
  • $6.9 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is $21 million more than the 2014 enacted level.
  • $2.6 billion for job training through WIA Training and Employment Formula Grant program, which is $36 million more than the 2014 enacted level, and boosts the Governor’s set aside to ten percent. 
  • $1.6 billion for worker protection agencies at the Department of Labor, which is $9 million more than the FY 2014 level.
  • $2.4 billion for Child Care Block Grants, which is $75 million more than the 2014 enacted level.
  • $8.6 billion for Head Start, which is the same as the 2014 enacted level.
  • $14.4 billion for Title I Grants to school districts, which is $25 million more than the 2014 enacted level.
  • $11.5 billion for Special Education state grants (IDEA), which is $25 million more than the 2014 enacted level.
  • $1.3 billion for Impact Aid, which is equal to the FY 2014 level and $67 million more than the President’s budget request.
  • $250 million for Preschool Development Grants, which is equal to the FY 2014 enacted level.
  • $445 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which is the same funding level as was provided in the FY2014 bill.
  • $815 million for Seniors’ Nutrition programs, which is the same as the 2014 enacted level.
  • $948 million for the Unaccompanied Minor Children program at HHS, which is $80 million more than the FY 2014 enacted level.
  • $3.4 billion for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is equal to the comparable FY 2014 operating level.
  • $1.1 billion for Mental Health programs, which is $10 million less than the 2014 enacted level and $27 million more than the Administration’s request.
  • $672 million for program integrity efforts in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, which is $378 million more than the FY 2014 level. 
  • $1.1 billion for the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is $5 million more than the FY 2014 level.
  • The agreement maintains the discretionary portion of the maximum Pell grant award level at $4,860 for the 2015-2016 school year. After addition of the mandatory supplement, the maximum award is projected to increase by $100 to $5,830.
  • The agreement maintains level-funding for the Affordable Care Act.
  • The agreement includes a new provision expanding the eligibility of students enrolled in career pathways programs to qualify for financial aid.
  • The agreement includes a new provision to exempt disaster claims adjustors from elements of the Fair Labor Standards Act following the response to a natural disaster.
  • The agreement extends Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) assistance to dislocated workers through fiscal year 2015, including workers who are certified for TAA after December 31, 2014. 

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