FY2015 Senate Appropriations Bill
On July 24, the Senate Labor-Health and Human Services (HHS)-Education FY2015 appropriations bill and report were publicly released, six weeks after the bill was marked up in Subcommittee but then abruptly cancelled for full Committee markup on June 12.
After the measure
was reported out of subcommittee on June 10, consideration in full Committee
was postponed and eventually derailed over Democratic leadership concerns
regarding Republican plans to offer a series of provocative amendments. It
is unlikely that the bill will move any further through regular order in the
Senate. The unveiling of the Senate bill's funding details signals the end to
the appropriations process for FY2015 for the Senate's spending package as a
The Senate bill does offer insight into the Chairman's priorities, and what Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) would like to fund in his last appropriations cycle before retiring at the end of this year.
NACCHO has provided the following resources that give more information about what was included in the Senate bill:
FY2015 President's Budget Proposal Summary for Public Health Programs
NACCHO's FY2015 Appropriations Priorities
FY2014 Omnibus Bill
The final FY2014 Labor-Health and Human Services (HHS)-Education appropriations bill is funded at $156.8 billion. This figure is higher than the FY2013 post-sequester number of $149.6 billion, and closer to the Senate's FY2014 mark of $164.3 billion than the House's earlier $121.8 billion level. Public health programs fared well overall with many programs being restored to almost pre-sequester levels. However there are some programs that received deep cutsor were eliminated. More details can be found below.
A noteworthy development is that the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) was appropriated through Congressional action for the first time since it was created as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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