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The House Appropriations Committee adopts a FY 2018 Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations bill that significantly cuts funding for Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) and workforce programs for next year.
The House Budget Committee passes a FY 2018 budget proposal, which sets a cap on discretionary spending and will result in cuts of about $4.4 trillion over the next decade to programs important to ANA readers.
A move by the Senate Appropriations Committee to offer an FY 2018 spending plan that keeps funding in line with current spending levels further muddles the appropriations process and portends a continuing resolution to keep the government operating after Oct. 1.
Handing President Donald Trump a firm rebuke, members of the House Appropriations HUD subcommittee decided to keep the Community Development Block Grant program intact with a nominal $100 million cut from FY 2017 spending, reducing subsidies to $2.9 billion. At the same time, lawmakers sided with the White House on its proposal to butcher the Choice Neighborhoods program. The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative was launched by the Obama administration in 2010 to succeed the controversial HOPE VI public housing revitalization program.
The budget proposal for FY 2018 submitted by President Trump would cut billions of dollars from health, human services, nutrition, and education while redirecting those the savings as tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy, according to a new analysis by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), a Washington, DC-based organization that advocates for public policies aimed at improving the lives of low-income people.
The Trump budget proposes to eliminate some $2.5 trillion over the next decade across programs for low- and moderate-income people, millions of seniors among them. The cuts affect a range of important programs for which the states receive significant federal funding.
Two key themes stand out in Priceís plan: ďthe harsh treatment of social and other programs versus lenient treatment of tax breaks, and the risks posed by the proposed entitlement cap to the economy and people in need."
Republicans, Democrats and conservative hardliners square off in the battle over the FY 2017 federal budget immediately on return from their nearly two-month absence from Capitol Hill to attend the political conventions and observe their traditional August vacation.
The Senate and House Appropriations Committees are close to passing their appropriations (S 3040 and HR 5926) measures to fund the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Depts. in FY 2017.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has advanced an FY17 funding bill that cuts two critical programs for older adults. The measure would eliminate all $52.1 million in funding for the Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and deeply cut the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) by $34.4 million.
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