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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education: FY2011 Appropriations

Pamela W. Smith, Coordinator
Analyst in Biomedical Policy

Gerald Mayer
Analyst in Labor Policy

Gail McCallion
Specialist in Social Policy

This report tracks FY2011 appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies (L-HHS-ED). This legislation provides discretionary funds for three major federal departments and 14 related agencies. The report summarizes L-HHS-ED discretionary funding issues but not authorization or entitlement issues.

President Obama’s FY2011 budget request to Congress included $171.7 billion in discretionary L-HHS-ED funds. The comparable FY2010 amount was $164.9 billion, enacted mainly through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (
P.L. 111-117, Division D). The request was an increase of $6.9 billion (4.2%) over FY2010. The House L-HHS-ED Appropriations Subcommittee held a markup session on July 15, 2010, but the full committee did not report a bill. On August 2, 2010, the Senate Committee on Appropriations reported S. 3686 (S.Rept. 111-243), its FY2011 L-HHS-ED proposal, recommending $171.1 billion in discretionary funds, $607 million below the request and $6.25 billion (3.8%) over FY2010. A continuing appropriations resolution, P.L. 111-242 as amended, provides temporary FY2011 funding until March 4, 2011. 

Department of Labor (DOL).
The Administration requested $13,972 million in discretionary funding for DOL for FY2011, an increase of $438 million (3.2%) over the $13,534 million provided for FY2010. The request included an additional $324 million to administer the Unemployment Compensation (UC) program, $101 million more for youth training, $45 million more for adult training, and $225 million less for the Community Service Employment for Older Americans Program. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved $13,907 million in discretionary funding for DOL for FY2011, a 2.8% increase above the FY2010 amount. 

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The Administration requested $74,699 million in discretionary funding for HHS for FY2011, an increase of $1,701 million (2.3%) over the $72,998 million provided for FY2010. The request included increases of $295 million for Health Centers, $1 billion for the National Institutes of Health, $250 million for Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control, $800 million for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, and $900 million for Head Start. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved $75,005 million for HHS for FY2011, a $2,007 million (2.7%) increase above the FY2010 amount. Some programs were recommended for less than was requested because of supplemental funding provided in health reform legislation. 

Department of Education (ED).
The Administration requested $67,840 million in discretionary funding for ED for FY2011, an increase of almost $3,563 million (5.5%) over the nearly $64,278 million provided for FY2010. The original budget request assumed that the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would be reauthorized. Since this did not occur, a revised budget request based on current law was subsequently made available by ED. This report relies upon the revised budget request. The request would provide funding to two programs previously funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (
P.L. 111-5), and would increase funding for several additional programs in FY2011. The Senate Appropriations Committee recommended just over $67,032 million for ED for FY2011, nearly $2,755 million (4.3%) more than FY2010. 

Related Agencies.
The Administration requested $15,232 million in discretionary funding for Related Agencies for FY2011. The request was $1,156 million (8.2%) more than the $14,076 million provided for FY2010. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved $15,195 million for Related Agencies for FY2011, a 7.9% increase above the amount provided for FY2010.

Date of Report: January 3, 2011
Number of Pages: 42
Order Number: R41521
Price: $29.95

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