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House Appropriators Increase Federal Allocation for Education Spending Bill

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This week, the House Appropriations Committee voted on the top-line allocations for the 12 fiscal year (FY) 2022 funding bills, including a significant increase for the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill (Labor-H) which funds the U.S. Department of Education. While the details of how that increase will be distributed have yet to be revealed, it paves the way for a substantial increase to education in FY 2022.

Recently, CEC, joined more than 300 other national organizations asking Congress to “support the President’s requests for historic funding increases for fiscal year (FY) 2022,” which includes a 41% increase for the Department of Education. The top-line allocation for Labor-H provides a $40.5 billion (21%) increase over last year’s programmatic level of $197 billion and is a $63.4 billion (36%) increase over the bill’s actual funding under the discretionary caps last year.

Details of the House bill, including any potential increases to education programs such as proposed historic increases to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), are scheduled to be revealed during a Labor-H subcommittee markup on July 12. The Senate has not yet voted on their top-line allocations or indicated a timeline for advancing their versions of the 12 spending bills.

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Posted:  1 July, 2021

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