Should Congress provide $147 billion in funding for the Dept. of Labor, Health and Human Services, & Education, $73 billion below the President’s request?

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Bill Summary

This bill will provide $147 billion for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies. The amount is $73 billion below the President’s Budget Request. It will eliminate 61 programs and reject new programs in the President’s Budget Request. It will prevent the usage of federal funds for abortions. It will provide funding to support cancer research as well as to combat opioid abuse. Sponsor: Rep. Robert B. Aderholt (Republican, Alabama, District 4)
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Opponents say

•     "The majority’s 2024 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bill and its 28 percent cut of $64 billion, which brings us back to a level unseen since 2008 - portends their intent to end public education in America. It eliminates present and future job opportunities for young adults, seniors, and working families. It jeopardizes maternal, pediatric, and public health. This bill is shameful – but based on where the majority has taken this entire process, sadly, it is not surprising." Source: Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Democrat, Connecticut, District 3), Appropriations

•     "Supporting Effective Instruction State grants – which provide professional development opportunities for educators – completely gone. Federal Work Study is no more for the 660,000 students who need it to help finance a post-secondary education – limiting their potential earnings and future success in the job market. Nearly $1 billion cut from Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants would eliminate need-based financial aid for 1.7 million students nationwide. Promise Neighborhoods, Social and Emotional Learning grants, magnet schools are all completely erased as well. And the programs that are not completely abolished in this bill are funded so poorly as to make them completely nonfunctional. A $14.7 billion cut from Title I – the very foundation of public education in America – is patently unthinkable and would remove hundreds of thousands of teachers from classrooms, directly harming children in every single one of our districts." Source: Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Democrat, Connecticut, District 3), Appropriations

Proponents say

•      "The bill works to responsibility fund programs that help improve the health and lives of the American people. It also holds agencies accountable when there has been a history of poor performance or controversial activities. Specifically, this bill continues to fund important programs that improve public health and safety, such as critical medical research and drug abuse prevention and treatment programs. It also focuses on investments in education to develop our future workforce and remain competitive with the rest of the world. " Source: Rep. Kay Granger (Republican, Texas, District 12), Appropriations 

•     "This bill represents a clear first step toward returning to fiscal responsibility, while ensuring that funding for critical and high-priority functions are maintained. A 60 billion-dollar cut to social spending programs in this bill requires careful scrutiny and priority-setting. Overall, there are 50 programs are proposed for reductions and another 60 programs are eliminated - most of them are unauthorized or have expired authorizations. At the same time, this bill puts a priority on biodefense, programs that support rural America, targeted education programs including those for children with special needs, and Congressional oversight responsibilities." Source: Rep. Robert B. Aderholt (Republican, Alabama, District 4), Appropriations