House Debates FY2024 Labor-HHS Appropriations

This week, the US House of Representatives considered H.R. 5894, the fiscal year (FY) 2024 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. As we have previously reported, the House’s approach to the annual Labor-HHS appropriations bill, which provides funding for AmeriCorps, differs substantially from the bipartisan Senate bill. The House Majority is seeking to make deep cuts to domestic discretionary spending levels, which would be devastating to our nation’s social programs. This approach undermines the Fiscal Responsibility Act, legislation that President Biden and then-Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) negotiated in May, that suspended the debt limit and established discretionary spending limits for two years. Spending caps for FY24 were agreed upon in the Fiscal Responsibility Act, but some members of the House are attempting to provide substantially less.

As proposed, the House Labor-HHS bill would reduce AmeriCorps funding by 50 percent to $660.9 million—the lowest level of funding in nearly 30 years. Additionally, the bill would eliminate all funding for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards, AmeriCorps VISTA, the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), the Volunteer Generation Fund, and State Commission Support Grants. The bill would include deep cuts to AmeriCorps State and National, Senior Companions and the Foster Grandparents programs. If enacted, the House Labor-HHS bill would eliminate over 61,000 AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors positions, human capital that nonprofits across the country rely upon to deliver services to millions of Americans. 

In response, Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) filed an amendment to restore funding for AmeriCorps. While their amendment was generally symbolic, these lawmakers wanted the record to reflect that Congress should renegotiate the spending bill and invest in AmeriCorps. As we expected, the House Rules Committee did not accept the Matsui-Kilmer amendment, denying Reps. Matsui and Kilmer the opportunity to discuss the impact of AmeriCorps on the House floor. Voices for National Service released this statement in response to the House Labor-HHS bill and the Matsui-Kilmer amendment. 

The House is expected to adjourn early for the Thanksgiving recess, leaving Capitol Hill without a clear path forward on the Labor-HHS bill. News reports suggest that House leadership does not have the votes needed to pass the spending bill. While House appropriators continue to try to advance the rest of the annual appropriations bills, it is unclear when they will next revisit this bill and take a vote on the floor. 


Program  FY23 Enacted  Voices FY24 Request   White House FY24 Request  House FY24 Mark  Senate FY24 Request  
Total Operating Expenses  975.525M  1.260B  1.139B  593.347M  975.525M 
  • AmeriCorps State and National
557.09M  756.5M  650.8M   425.262M 557.09M 
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
103.285M  141.6M  141.6M   0 103.285M 
  • AmeriCorps NCCC
37.735M  43.3M  43.3M   0 37.735M 
  • AmeriCorps Seniors
236.917M  275M  262.4M   161.917M 236.917M 
  • Volunteer Generation Fund
8.6M  10.6M  8.6M   0 8.6M 
  • State Commission Grants
19.54M  21M  19.54M   0 19.54M
  • Days of Service
6.148M  6.148M  6.148M   6.148M 6.148M 
  • Evaluation
6.25M  6.25M  6.25M   0 6.25M 
National Service Trust          230M  230M  213M  0M  180M 
CNCS Salaries and Expenses  99.686M  114.7M  118.4M  60M  99.686M 
Inspector General  7.595M  7.595M  8.572M  7.595M  7.595M 
Total CNCS  1.313B  1.613B  1.479B  660.94M  1.263B
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