Fiscal Year 2012 Appropriations
House and Senate Pass Conference Committee Appropriations Bill
Following extended negotiations, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives reached agreement in a conference committee over fiscal year 2012 appropriations levels. On December 16, 2011, the House passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (H.R. 2055) by a vote of 296-121. The Senate took the bill up for consideration the following day and passed the final funding measure by a vote of 67-32.
The legislation now awaits the President’s signature, which is expected in the coming days. The omnibus package includes funding levels for Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education (LHHS-ED) and Related Agencies programs as well as eight other appropriations bills. H.R. 2055 provides $231.948 million for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs (a 4.3% decrease from FY 2011).
The reported conference level for the programs was $232.387 million, however, an across the board rescission of 0.189% was enacted for all LHHS-ED discretionary programs. The bill provides $144.769 million for National Institutes of Nursing Research (NINR) (a 0.27% increase from FY 2011) when the rescission percent is included.
The Nursing Community sent a letter to the conference committee on November 9, 2011 urging members to preserve at least level funding for nursing programs.
The NC sent a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction reminding them of the importance of healthcare and education funding in this time of heightened demand for health care and healthcare providers. The letter urged the committee to avoid additional cuts to discretionary spending that supports America's health and the education of our healthcare providers.
House Releases Draft Appropriations Bill
The House Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee released a draft bill including a total of $153.4 billion in discretionary funding, which is $4 billion below the fiscal year 2011 enacted levels and $27.5 billion below the President’s budget request.
Reductions in funding were proposed to the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs authorized under the Public Health Service Act. As it stands, the bill would provide $106.828 million for Title VIII programs, which equates to a $135.6 million cut (55.9 %) compared to FY 2011 funding levels.
Additionally, the bill severely reduces funding for students receiving scholarships through Title VII Health Careers Opportunity Program, scholarships for disadvantaged students, Area Health Education Centers, and allied health programs (a $185 million, or 67.9 % cut). This results in a provision of $194.4 million for Titles VII and VIII, or a $320.5 million (62.3 %) cut below FY 2011.
To view the House committee's summary, see: http://appropriations.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=262231.
To view the text of the House bill, see:
House Adopts Budget Resolution
The House Budget Committee passed an FY 2012 budget resolution by a vote of 22-16, which was originally released through Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) report “The Path to Prosperity: Restoring America’s Promise.” This budget plan would reduce federal spending by $6.2 trillion over the next ten years.
To read a copy of the resolution see: http://budget.house.gov/UploadedFiles/chairmansmark.pdf.
To read a copy of the report see: http://budget.house.gov/UploadedFiles/PathToProsperityFY2012.pdf.
President Obama released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Budget Request, which includes $313.075 million for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs (Title VIII, Public Health Service Act).
For more information see:
For more information on the President’s FY 2012 Budget Request see: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget.
For more information on the President’s FY 2012 Budget Request regarding health see: