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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Proposed FY2011 Appropriations for the Departments of Education and Labor Under H.R. 1 and Related Bills

Rebecca R. Skinner
Specialist in Education Policy

David H. Bradley
Analyst in Labor Economics

Gail McCallion
Specialist in Social Policy

On February 19, 2011, the House passed H.R. 1, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. H.R. 1 would have provided appropriations to federal agencies for the remainder of FY2011. On March 9, 2011, the full Senate voted to reject both H.R. 1 (44-56) and S.Amdt. 149 (42-58).

Based on congressional interest in the level of appropriations that H.R. 1 and S.Amdt. 149 would have provided for the Departments of Education and Labor for FY2011, this report provides proposed funding levels for programs in these departments that receive funding through the annual Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (Table 1 and Table 2). The House-passed appropriations levels for FY2011 and the appropriations levels contained in the Senate’s proposal for FY2011 (S.Amdt. 149) are included in these tables, as are appropriations for these programs for FY2010. Where H.R. 1 and S.Amdt. 149 did not make changes to a particular program, the FY2010 appropriations level has been included as the FY2011 program funding level. Table 1 and Table 2 depict the proposed changes for all Education and Labor programs, respectively, that would have been affected by H.R. 1 and S.Amdt. 149. Following the appropriations tables is a key staff table that provides contact information for CRS analysts who cover specific program areas discussed in this report.

On March 1 and 2, 2011, the House and the Senate, respectively, passed the Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011 (H.J.Res. 44, enacted as P.L. 112-4) to extend government operations through March 18, 2011. P.L. 112-4 eliminated or modified funding for several Education and Labor programs relative to their FY2010 funding levels.
2 These programs are listed below; amounts shown are reductions from FY2010 levels. These reductions are not reflected in Table 1 or Table 1

Department of Education: 
  • Elementary and Secondary Education 
  • Striving Readers (eliminated, -$250 million) 
  • Even Start (eliminated, -$66.454 million) 
  • Improving Teacher Quality (-$5 million) 
  • National Writing Project (eliminated, -$25.646 million) 
  • School Leadership (eliminated, -$29.220 million)3
  • Advanced Credentialing (eliminated, -$10.649 million)
  • Teach for America (eliminated, -$18 million) 
  • Close Up Fellowships (eliminated, -$1.942 million) 
  • Fund for the Improvement of Education (-$162.348 million) 
  • Civic Education (-$32.422 million)
  • Special Education 
  • Technology and Media Services (-$13.987 million) 
  • Special Olympics Education Programs (eliminated, -$8.095 million) 
  • Rehabilitation Services and Disability Research 
  • Demonstration and Training Programs (-$5.095 million) 
  • Career, Technical, and Adult Education 
  • Smaller Learning Communities (eliminated, -$88.000 million) 
  • Student Financial Assistance 
  • Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnerships (eliminated, -$63.852 million) 
  • Higher Education 
  • Strengthening Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions (eliminated, -$15.084 million) 
  • Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (-$101.507 million) 
  • Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Career and Technical Institutions (eliminated, -$8.162 million) 
  • B.J. Stupak Olympic Scholarships (eliminated, -$.977 million)
  • Thurgood Marshall Legal Education Opportunity Program (eliminated, -$3 million) 
Department of Labor
  • Employment and Training Administration—Demonstration, Pilot, Multiservice, Research and Multistate Projects (-$48.889 million) 
  • Mine Safety and Health Administration (-$1.45 million) 
  • Departmental Management (-$40 million) 
On March 15 and 17, 2011, the full House and Senate, respectively, passed H.J.Res. 48 (enacted as P.L. 112-6), extending government operations through April 8, 2011. P.L. 112-6 did not include any additional cuts to programs administered by the Department of Education. It did, however, reduce funding for two programs administered by DOL. Specifically, it eliminated all funding for the Career Pathways Innovation Fund (-$125 million) and reduced funding for the Community Service Employment for Older Americans program (-$225 million.). These reductions are not reflected in Table 2.

Date of Report: March 28, 2011
Number of Pages: 25
Order Number: R41657
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