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Congress Clears Omnibus Spending Bill

On December 18, the House and Senate approved H.R. 2029, which contains the FY2016 consolidated appropriations bill and provisions of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act (see The Source, 12/18/15). The vote on the omnibus bill came after passage on December 16 of a third short-term continuing resolution (H. Res. 78) that kept the federal government funded while Congress completed work on H.R. 2029.

The bill funds the government through September 30, 2016 and completes action on the 12 appropriations bills: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; Defense; Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies; Financial Services and General Government; Homeland Security; Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies; Legislative Branch; Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies; State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies.

According to the House Appropriations Committee, the legislation provides $1.149 trillion for FY2016. This amount complies with the Bipartisan Budget Act (P.L. 114-74) and allocates $548 billion and $518 billion for defense and non-defense spending, respectively. The measure also includes $73.7 billion for overseas contingency operations/global war on terrorism activities.

The charts below summarize funding levels for programs important to women and their families.

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

The omnibus bill provides $21.75 billion in discretionary funding in FY2016. This amount is $925 million over FY2015, but $34 million below President Obama’s FY2016 budget request.

Program/Agency

FY2015

President’s FY2016 Request

FY2016

Department of Agriculture – Domestic Food Programs

Food and Nutrition Service $110.19 billion $112.346 billion $109.796 billion
Child Nutrition Programs $21.3 billion $21.587 billion $22.15 billion
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) $6.623 billion $6.623 billion $6.35 billion
Commodity Assistance Program $278.501 million $288.317 million $296.217 million

Department of Agriculture – Foreign Assistance

P.L. 480 Title II Food for Peace $1.466 billion $1.4 billion $1.466 billion
McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition $191.626 million $191.626 million $201.626 million

Food and Drug Administration

FDA $2.597 billion $2.744 billion $2.73 billion
User Fees $1.902 billion $1.978 billion $2.009 billion
Mammography User Fees $19.705 million $20.109 million $20.109 million

 

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

The bill provides $55.7 billion for programs within the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies portion of the bill. This amount is $5.6 billion over FY2015 and $3.7 billion over the administration’s request.

Program/Agency

FY2015

President’s FY2016 Request

FY2016

Office on Violence Against Women $430 million $473.5 million $480 million
Grants to Combat Violence Against Women (STOP Grants) $195 million $193 million $215 million
Transitional Housing Assistance $26 million $25 million $30 million
Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women $3 million $3 million $5 million
Indian Country Sexual Assault Clearinghouse $500,000 $500,000 $500,000
National Resource Center on Workplace Responses $500,000 $500,000 $500,000
Consolidated Youth-Oriented Program $10 million $10 million $11 million
Office of Justice Programs $1.691 billion $1.722 billion $1.883 billion
Victims of Trafficking Grants $42.25 million $10.5 million $45 million
Prison Rape Prevention and Prosecution $13 million $10.5 million $10.5 million
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) $6 million $6 million $9 million
DNA Initiative $125 million $105 million $125 million
Debbie Smith Backlog Grants $117 million Did not specify $117 million
Sexual Assault Forensic Exam $4 million Did not specify $4 million
Rape Survivor Child Custody Act $2.5 million

Related Agencies

Legal Services Corporation $375 million $452 million $385 million
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission $364.5 million $373.112 million $364.5 million
Commission on Civil Rights $9.2 million $9.41 million $9.2 million

 

Defense

The bill allocates $514.1 billion in base discretionary funds for FY2016. This amount is $23.9 billion over FY2015 and includes $120 million for breast cancer research, $20 million for ovarian cancer research, and $8 million for global HIV/AIDS prevention. The bill also includes $263.325 million for sexual assault prevention and response programs and $25 million for the sexual assault special victims counseling program.

Program/Agency

FY2015

President’s FY2016 Request

FY2016

Military Personnel $128.005 billion $130.491 billion $129.228 billion
Defense Health Program $32.5 billion $32.24 billion $32.329 billion

 

Financial Services and General Government

The measure includes $23.2 billion in discretionary funding for FY2016. This amount is $1.7 billion over FY2015 and includes funding for the Small Business Administration. The legislation continues the ban against use of federal or local funds for abortions in the District of Columbia.

Program/Agency

FY2015

President’s FY2016 Request

FY2016

Small Business Administration $887.604 million $860.13 million $871.042 million
Women’s Business Centers $15 million $16 million $17 million
National Women’s Business Council $1 million $1 million $1.5 million
Microloan Technical Assistance $22.3 million $25 million $25 million
Small Business Development Centers $115 million $115 million $117 million

 

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

H.R. 2029 provides $162.1 billion in FY2016 for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, as well as for other agencies and programs. This amount is $5.4 billion over FY2016, but $5.5 billion below the president’s request.

The measure includes provisions of the Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screening (PALS) Act (H.R. 3339/S. 1926), which would ensure access to free mammograms for women aged 40 and older. The legislation was introduced in response to recommended guidelines for mammography released earlier this year by the United States Preventive Services Task Force.

Program/Agency

FY2015

President’s FY2016 Request

FY2016

Department of Labor

Dislocated Workers’ Assistance $1.236 billion $1.262 billion $1.242 billion
Women in Apprenticeships $994,000 $0 $994,000
Women’s Bureau $11.536 million $11.788 million $11.536 million
International Labor Affairs $91.125 million $94.517 million $86.125 million

Department of Health and Human Services

Health Resources and Services Administration $6.347 billion $6.462 billion $6.384 billion
Community Health Centers $1.491 billion $1.491 billion $1.491 billion
Maternal and Child Health Bureau $851.738 million $851.738 million $845.117 million
Maternal and Child Health Block Grant $637 million $637 million $638.2 million
Heritable Disorders $13.883 million $13.883 million $13.883 million
Universal Newborn Hearing Screening $17.818 million $17.818 million $17.818 million
Healthy Start $102 million $102 million $103.5 million
Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act $2.319 billion $2.323 billion $2.323 billion
Ryan White Part D – Children, Youth, Women, and Families Programs $75.088 million $0 $75.088 million
Family Planning $286.749 million $300 million $286.479 million
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention $6.926 billion $7.065 billion $7.233 billion
Global Health $416.517 million $448.092 million $427.121 million
HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and TB Prevention $1.118 billion $1.182 billion $1.122 billion
National Institutes of Health $30.084 billion $31.084 billion $32.084 billion
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities $269.154 million $281.549 million $279.718 million
Administration for Children and Families $30.567 billion $33.709 billion $32.758 billion
Child Support Enforcement $3.654 billion $4.071 billion $4.071 billion
Refugee and Entrant Assistance (aid to victims of trafficking) $15.755 million $22 million $18.755 million
Refugee and Entrant Assistance (unaccompanied minors) $948 million $948 million $948 million
Child Care Development Block Grant $2.435 billion $2.805 billion $2.761 billion
Child and Families Services Programs $10.346 billion $11.911 billion $10.984 billion
Head Start $8.598 billion $10.117 billion $9.168 billion
Consolidated Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs $114.141 million $123.471 million $119.121 million
Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Treatment Activities $93.818 million $113.818 million $98.074 million
Abandoned Infants Assistance $11.063 million $11.063 million $0
Child Welfare Training and Services $284.719 million $284.719 million $286.719 million
Adoption $77.043 million $80.565 million $77.043 million
Family Violence/Battered Women’s Shelters $135 million $150 million $150 million
National Domestic Violence Hotline $4.5 million $12.3 million $8.25 million
Promoting Safe and Stable Families $404.765 million $434.765 million $404.765 million
Office of the Secretary $2.508 billion $3.442 billion $2.922 billion
Sexual Risk Avoidance $5 million $0 $10 million
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Community Grants $101 million $104.79 million $101 million
Office for Civil Rights $38.798 million $42.705 million $38.798 million
Office of Minority Health $56.67 million $56.67 million $56.67 million
Office on Women’s Health $32.14 million $31.5 million $32.14 million
Minority HIV/AIDS $52.224 million $53.9 million $53.9 million

Department of Education

Title I Grants to LEAs $14.41 billion $15.41 billion $14.91 billion
Special Education Grants for Infants and Families $438.556 million $503.556 million $458.556 million
Child Care Access Means Students in School (CCAMPIS) $15.134 million $15.134 million $15.134 million
Office for Civil Rights $100 million $130.691 million $107 million

 

Military Construction, Veterans’ Affairs, and Related Agencies

The omnibus provides $79.9 billion in discretionary funds in FY2016 for military construction at the Department of Defense and for the Department of Veterans Affairs. This amount is $7.8 billion over FY2015 and $1.1 billion over the administration’s request.

Program/Agency

FY2015

President’s FY2016 Request

FY2016

Military Construction $6.558 billion $8.438 billion $8.171 billion
Family Housing $1.191 billion $1.413 billion $1.404 billion
Department of Veterans Affairs $159.145 billion $164.65 billion $162.671 billion
Veterans Health Administration $59.46 billion $65.192 billion $66.376 billion

 

State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

The bill allocates $38 billion in discretionary funds for programs at the State Department, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and other international organizations. This amount is $3.4 billion over FY2015, but is $1.3 billion below President Obama’s FY2016 request. An additional $15 billion is provided for overseas contingency operations.

Program/Agency FY2015 President’s FY2016 Request FY2016

Department of State

Diplomatic and Consular Affairs $6.461 billion $7.096 billion $5.623 billion
International Peacekeeping $2.119 billion $2.93 billion $666.574 million
Office of Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons $7.5 million $20.72 million $12 million
USAID $1.276 billion $1.626 billion $1.378 billion

Bilateral Economic Assistance

Migration and Refugee Assistance $931.886 million $1.635 billion $931.886 million
Global Health and Child Survival (State and USAID) $8.454 billion $8.181 billion $8.503 billion
President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) $5.67 billion $5.67 billion $5.67 billion
Maternal and Child Health $715 million $770 million $750 million
Vulnerable Children $22 million $14.5 million $22 million
Family Planning/Reproductive Health $523.95 million $538 million $523.95 million
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria $1.35 billion $1.107 billion $1.35 billion
HIV/AIDS – USAID $330 million $330 million $330 million
Microbicides $45 million $45 million $45 million

International Organizations and Programs

U.N. Children’s Fund $132 million $132 million $132.5 million
U.N. Women (formerly UNIFEM) $7.5 million $7.7 million $7.7 million
U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) $35 million $35 million $32.5 million

 

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

The legislation provides $57.6 billion in discretionary funds for FY2016. This amount is $3.8 billion over FY2015 and funds programs within the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.

Program/Agency

FY2015

President’s FY2016 Request

FY2016

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS $330 million $332 million $335 million
Family Self-Sufficiency $75 million $85 million $75 million