WASHINGTON, D.C. – An amendment to the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 (CR) that will be offered by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) will increase funding for the NIH, child care, and education while staying within the current budget parameters. The amendment reflects the bipartisan compromise on the Fiscal Year 2013 Labor-HHS spending bill negotiated in December by Harkin and his Senate and House counterparts. Harkin is Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.
- Title 1: $107 million more for Title I. The CR – zero increase.
- IDEA: $125 million more for Part B State Grants for carrying out the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the key federal program for helping educate students with disabilities. The CR – zero increase.
- Childcare: $107 million more for childcare – an increase of $57 million over the CR, which means child care subsidies for the working families of 10,000 additional children—families who depend on quality affordable child care to be able to work.
- NIH: The Senate CR/omnibus includes $71 million more than last year for the National Institutes of Health. But my amendment triples that increase, adding $211 million more than last year.
- AIDS Drugs: The Ryan White AIDS Drug Assistance Program provides life-saving drugs to people living with HIV. My amendment includes $29 million more for this program. The CR – zero increase.
- TRIO: $14 million more for TRIO programs, which help low-income students realize the dream of a college education. The CR – no increase.