Fiscal Year 2011 Appropriations
HRSA Reveals Impact of Proposed Funding Cuts
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released information on Monday, May 16 detailing the outcomes of the proposed $164 million cut in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 to the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr) within HRSA, which funds programs such as the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs and the Title VII Health Professions programs. The discretion for administering this cut was left to HRSA. The final result was a total of $242.387 million appropriated to Title VIII. This is $1.485 million less than FY 2010, or a 0.61% decrease. Highlighted below are the funding levels by Title VIII program and how much the program decreased from FY 2010:
Advance Nursing Education: $64.046 million (-$255,000)
Nurse Loan Repayment and Scholarship Program: $93.292 million (-$572,000)
Nursing Workforce Diversity: $16.009 million (-$64,000)
Nurse Education, Practice and Retention: $39.653 million (-$158,000)
Nurse Faculty Loan Program: $24.848 million (-$99,000)
Comprehensive Geriatric Education: $4.539 million (-$18,000)
Congress Passes CR
Congress has completed its work on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 appropriations process by passing a Continuing Resolution (CR) (H.R. 1473, Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011), which will fund the government through September 30, 2011. The final CR was drafted after significant negotiations between President Obama, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). The compromise was reached late on April 8, 2011 and narrowly prevented a federal government shut down. The CR will cut $38.5 billion for the remainder of FY 2011 and in a joint statement from Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Reid regarding the deal they stated, "We have agreed to an historic amount of cuts for the remainder of this fiscal year, as well as a short-term bridge that will give us time to avoid a shutdown while we get that agreement through both houses and to the President.” To read the entire statement see:
In the final funding measure, the Department of Health and Human Services received $157.7 billion, approximately 3.36% below the FY 2010 enacted level. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) would be funded at $6.274 billion. A $164 million cut in spending was proposed for the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr) within HRSA, which funds programs such as the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs and the Title VII Health Professions programs. This cut was not cited in the legislative language and is not legally binding. However, the Agency will have discretion over how to enact funding for the remainder of the year. Therefore, AACN is working with the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC) to stave off cuts to the BHPr.
H.R. 1473 is available at: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.R.1473.
For a summary of the bill see: http://republicans.appropriations.house.gov/_files/41211SummaryFinalFY2011CR.pdf
Government Shutdown Avoided
After passing a second continuing resolution (H.J. Res 48) in the last month that has cut federal spending by a total of $10 billion, the House and Senate have prevented a government shutdown and have until April 8 to complete their negotiations for the remainder of this fiscal year.
On March 9, 2013, the Senate voted on the House passed CR (H.R. 1) and it was defeated by a vote of 44 to 56. The Senate also voted on the Senate Appropriations Committee's CR and it failed to pass by a vote of 42-58.
Senate Appropriations Committee Proposes Second CR
The Senate Appropriations Committee released a CR that would finalize FY 2011 and includes an 11.7% increase over the FY 2010 level of $243.872 million for Title VIII. This seven-month CR would cut federal funding by $51 billion below the President’s FY 2011 request.
For more information see: http://appropriations.senate.gov/news.cfm?method=news.view&id=7e62b4eb-ed09-4dd4-86f0-411534783127.
Senate Approves CR
The federal government is currently operating on a Continuing Resolution (CR) [P.L. 112-4] that passed on March 3, 2011 and will sustain government funding through March 18, 2011. This resolution includes a $4 billion reduction in federal spending.
The Nursing Community sent a letter to the Senate expressing concern over the proposed cuts to key nursing programs in the FY2011 Continuing Resolution (CR).
House Passes CR
The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1. The bill will now require Senate action, which is expected to begin on Monday, February 28.
House Adopts Budget Resolution
The House of Representatives is currently finalizing the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 appropriations process. Under consideration is a Continuing Resolution (CR), H.R. 1, which Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY) Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee introduced on February 11, 2011. As the largest cut to discretionary funding for the federal government in history, this CR would reduce spending by over $100 billion from the President’s FY 2011 budget request.
The CR proses to cut the Nursing Workforce Development Programs and Health Professions Programs (Title VII, Public Health Service Act) by $145.1 million, a 29% decrease in funding over FY 2010 levels. Additionally, the CR proposes a reduction of over $1 billion for the National Institutes of Health, which includes the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).
For the text of the bill see: http://www.rules.house.gov/Media/file/PDF_112_1/legislativetext/2011crapprops/AppropCRFinal_xml.pdf.
For a list of cuts see: http://republicans.appropriations.house.gov/_files/ProgramCutsFY2011ContinuingResolution.pdf.
The Nursing Community sent a letter to the House expressing concern over the proposed cuts to key nursing programs in the FY2011 Continuing Resolution (CR).
The Nursing Community sent a letter to the House and Senate requesting consistent funding for nursing education programs.
The Nursing Community sent a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS-ED) expressing gratitude for the level of funding they provided to the Nursing Workforce Development Programs in the respective House and Senate FY 2011 LHHS-ED Appropriations bills.
48 Nursing Community members wrote to request that the Senate LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee make a similarly robust investment in nursing education.
House LHHS Subcommittee Reveals Proposed Funding Levels
The House Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee proposed $292 million for nursing education in their draft Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 bill.
Chairman David Obey (D-WI) remarked in his opening comments:
"The new healthcare reform bill will make almost 30 million additional people eligible for health insurance coverage, increasing the demand for doctors, nurses, and other health professions. This bill includes $356 million for programs under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act, and $292 million for nursing education to alleviate shortages and help people prepare for well-paying careers. Most of the programs funded have a particular emphasis on encouraging students and graduates to enter primary care fields and to practice in medically underserved areas, in order to broaden access to quality healthcare.”
The Nursing Community sent a letter to the House of Representatives with our funding level requests for Fiscal Year 2011.