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House Passes FY 2020 Labor HHS Appropriations Legislation, Includes $55 Million Increase for CNCS

Exciting news -- On June 19, 2019, the House of Representatives officially passed its first batch of FY 2020 appropriations bills, a $985 billion package.

On a party-line vote of 226-203, the House approved a package (HR 2740) that combines four of the 12 annual appropriations bills: Labor-HHS-Education, which is the vehicle; Defense (HR 2968); State-Foreign Operations (HR 2839); and Energy-Water (HR 2960). The bill provides $189.8 billion in the Labor-HHS-Education legislation, an increase of $11.7 billion compared to FY 2019.

Corporation for National and Community Service

This bill also includes $1.14 Billion in funding for the Corporation for National and Community (CNCS) and its programs. This represents a $55 million increase over FY 2019, including a $25 million increase for AmeriCorps State and National, a $13 million increase for Senior Corps, a $12 million increase for the National Service Trust, and $1 million for the Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF).

View information about the final passed House appropriations bill here.

The updated CNCS funding chart is below with the final approved House mark in the right-hand column:


It is now the Senate’s turn to approve appropriations legislation so that the two chambers can work to enact and finalize FY 2020 funding.

Senate Appropriations Update

If no deal on new budget caps is struck by July 1, Senate appropriators will likely pick proxy numbers to get started on fiscal 2020 funding bills.

The same day, Senate leaders from both parties and a trio of Trump administration officials met, aiming to nail down a deal to raise discretionary spending caps, kick-start the Senate appropriations process, and avoid $126 billion in sequestration cuts during the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

Senate leadership is once again looking at bundling spending bills in minibus packages for floor passage. The decision last year to combine the Defense and Labor-HHS-Education measures — the two biggest funding measures — was a success, and were enacted prior to the end of the fiscal year.

Either way, the Senate Labor HHS appropriations subcommittee is expected to markup its bill when the Senate returns after the July 4th break.

More to come, please stay tuned!


Tom Branen
Principal, States for Service Coalition
Chief Policy Officer, America's Service Commissions

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