House Committee Passes Major Increases for Aging Programs
Thursday, May 30, 2019
by: n4a

Section: May Associate Newsletter

Earlier this month, the House Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2020 funding bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS).
The committee also approved overall spending allocations for federal non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs that would significantly exceed current budget caps. Moving forward, the House and Senate will need to agree on a proposal to increase these caps, which could prove challenging in a split Congress.
The Labor-HHS bill funds the Older Americans Act and many key aging programs. The Appropriations Committee vote moves the measure to the House floor with significant increases for both the Administration on Aging and the Administration for Community Living—including increases for nearly all core Older Americans Act (OAA) programs and other key aging services and supports, covering virtually all of n4a's top priorities.
The partisan FY 2020 Labor-HHS funding bill is just the first step in the House. The Senate has not begun to mark up its FY 2020 spending measures yet and given the disparate partisan majorities on each side of the Capitol dome, there is likely much work ahead to arrive at final FY 2020 funding levels. We expect lawmakers to work through the summer and fall to develop final spending bills. A late-September continuing resolution (CR) to keep funding flowing until Members can reach a fiscal agreement is quite likely.
Aging Network advocates should be focused on encouraging Senate lawmakers to adopt final funding levels that reflect much-needed increases for OAA Title III B, III E and Title VI and other key services and supports for older adults. Advocacy tools and resources are available on n4a’s FY 2020 Appropriations campaign page.