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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee FY 2014 Bill

July 15,2013

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee bill yesterday, July 11. Overall, CDC is proposed to be funded at $7.023 billion. This is an increase of $467 million over the FY 2013 enacted level and $378 million over the president's FY 2014 request. As in FY 13 and the president's FY 14 request, the FY 14 Senate appropriation for CDC includes a $1 billion allocation in Prevention and Public Health Fund dollars across various public health programs.

Some successes we can take from the bill include:
• Restoration of the Prevent Block Grant at $79.4 million (equaling the FY 13 final allocation before sequestration, and fully restoring the program elimination proposed by the president); 
• $579.5 million for the Section 317 immunization program, an increase of $51.1 million over the FY 2013 final allocation;
• An increase of $10 million to CDC food safety programs over FY 13 levels;
• An increase of $14.2 million to the Environmental Health Tracking Network over the FY 13 level, and an increase of $6 million over the president's request for FY 14;
• $40 million for the National Public Health Improvement Initiative, an increase of nearly $3 million over FY 13;
• To soften the impact of the recent FY 13 Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Program FOA, the bill adds $18 million to School Health and Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity.  According the Labor-HHS Subcommittee Report, this investment should increase each state's award by an average of $440,000 in FY 2014; and,
• An increase to the Healthy Homes/Childhood Lead Poisoning program of $8 million over the FY 13 level, and $7.5 million over the president's FY 14 proposed budget for a total of $10 million. 

Now that the FY 14 Labor-HHS Appropriations bill has been favorably reported to the full Senate for consideration, it is unclear what further action will take place.  Subcommittee Chairman Harkin continues to indicate that he intends to bring the legislation to the Senate floor before the current fiscal year ends in September, but it remains unclear what further action will take place.  The House has not produced a Labor-HHS appropriations bill and has not indicated when or if it will do so.

For detailed information, you can read ASTHO's 2013 advocacy priorities funding table.  Additionally, you can read the full Labor-HHS report, and can read a summary chart from the subcommittee which includes a sampling of programs funded under the entire Labor-HHS bill.

ASTHO Government Relations staff will continue to monitor developments. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Gould.