Today, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor/HHS marked up its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 bill. This bill provides funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (except FDA) and for the Social Security Administration (SSA).
For the NTEU-represented Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, I am pleased the bill would fund it at $5.7 billion — $570 million above the FY 2018 enacted level. Much of the increase will go as grants to the states.
The bill also preserves full funding for Title X. As I previously reported to you, the House Subcommittee’s bill would eliminate all Title X funding. I am concerned this will become a contentious point that could make it difficult to have a funding bill in place by the end of the fiscal year.
At the SSA, the bill would provide $12.95 billion to administer SSA activities, which is a slight increase. The bill would also renew the additional $100 million for help reducing the disability hearings backlog.
The full Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to take this bill up on Thursday. NTEU will be working to make sure no anti-federal employee amendments are added.
If you have any further questions on this matter, please feel free to contact your chapter president. Thank you.