House Committee Passes Higher Education & Research Funding Bill
    May 10, 2019

    On Wednesday, May 8, the full House Appropriations Committee marked-up and reported out its Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS-ED) spending bill. The measure funds the Department of Education at $75.9 billion, $4.4 billion above FY 2019 and $11.9 billion above the President’s FY 2020 budget request. Funding levels for programs and agencies of importance to higher education and research, include:

     

    • Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN): $24.05 million—$1 million above FY 2019; $24.05 million above the President’s FY 2020 budget request
    • Federal Work Study: $1.4 billion—$304 million above the FY 2019; $934 million above the President’s FY 2020 request
    • Federal TRIO programs: $1.1 billion—$100 million above FY 2019; $210 million above the President’s FY 2020 budget request
    • Pell Grant: $6,345 for the maximum Pell Grant—an increase of $150 above FY 2019 and the President’s FY 2020 budget request
    • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF): $350 million for the Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF); same level as the previous two years
    • International Education and Foreign Languages Studies program (Title VI): $80.4 million—$15.29 million above FY 2019; $80.4 million above President’s FY 2020 budget request
    • Fulbright-Hayes: $8.73 million—$1.67 million above FY 2019; $8.73 million above the President’s FY 2020 budget request
    • National Institutes of Health (NIH): $41.08 billion—$2 billion above FY 2019; $6.9 billion above the President’s FY 2020 budget request
    • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Title VII and Title VIII: $854.9 million—$108.3 million above FY 2019; $550.2 above the President’s FY 2020 budget request
    • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): $358.2 million—$20.2 million above FY 2019; $358.2 million above the President’s FY 2020 budget request

     

    These are preliminary funding levels, which may change as negotiations between the House and Senate continue. CGS submitted a letter to committee leadership in support of the bill, highlighting the critical importance of federal funding for student financial assistance, research, and workforce prorgams. Addtionally, CGS has updated it FY 2020 Appropriations chart to reflect the changes from this week’s markup. Further updates will be posted as the committee continues to complete its work.

     

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