Funding Bill Stalls

by Rachel Zinn
June 12, 2014

An appropriations bill to fund labor, education and health programs in 2015 has stalled in the Senate.

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies discussed the bill on Tuesday and we expected the full committee to consider it today, but CQ Roll Call reports that markup of the bill has been delayed indefinitely.

WDQC submitted comments to Senate appropriators requesting about $75 million of additional funding for data programs in the Departments of Education and Labor.

WDQC’s comments included recommendations to:

  • Add $35 million to double funding for grants that support state longitudinal data systems
  • Increase Bureau of Labor Statistics funding by $23 million to improve data on labor market changes, local occupational trends and real-time summaries of employment conditions
  • Boost funding by $10 million for the Department of Labor to award labor market information grants to states and generate information about skills, occupations and credentials

The Senate subcommittee has not released its bill publically, so we don’t know how the proposed bill compares with WDQC recommendations. The House has not yet scheduled its discussion about labor, education and health appropriations for fiscal year 2015, which starts in October.