The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2017 Labor-HHS-Education bill, which received largely bipartisan support for the first time in seven years.
The bill provides $161.9 billion in discretionary funding, $270 million less than the FY16 enacted levels. Working under a tight spending cap, the appropriators prioritized funding for medical research and opiod abuse treatment and prevention programs.
The Senate bill would provide the Corporation for National and Community Service with $1.03 billion, a decrease of $65 million from last year’s enacted levels.
The bill level funds all three AmeriCorps programs and all three Senior Corps programs, and it expands resources for state commissions by approximately $1 million. The bill eliminates the Social Innovation Fund, cuts over $2 million from Innovation and Demonstration, and reduces funding for the National Service Trust by approximately $13 million – a recommendation included in the President’s FY17 budget. It is, however, important to note that CNCS believes it has sufficient funding in the Trust and the reduction should not have a negative impact on the number of AmeriCorps members in service this year.
Read our statement on the Senate Committee’s action here.
Corporation for National and Community Service Budget
|Program ($000,000)||FY16 Enacted||President FY17||Senate FY17|
|AmeriCorps State and National||386||386||386|
|National Service Trust||220||206.8||206.8|
|Retired Senior Volunteer Program||48.9||48.9||48.9|
|Foster Grandparent Program||107.7||107.7||107.7|
|Senior Companion Program||45.5||45.5||45.5|
|Social Innovation Fund||50||50||0|
|Volunteer Generation Fund||3.8||4||3.8|
|State Commission Admin Grants||16||17||17|
|Salaries and Expenses||81.7||89.3||81.7|