Senate Appropriators Advance FY17 Labor-HHS Funding Bill

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
AmeriCorps NCCC 30 30 30
AmeriCorps VISTA 92.4 95.9 92.4
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
Inspector General 5.3 6.1 5.3
Salaries and Expenses 81.7 89.3 81.7
Total CNCS 1,094.92 1,096.88 1,030.36
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