Congressional Budget Process Continues
The Senate took the first steps of passing the Labor Health and Human Services and Education (LHHS) bill on June 14th, by passing a bill out of committee. The Senate LHHS committee appropriated funds for Nursing Workforce Development Programs at the same amount as the fiscal year 2012 level.
The Senate bill now awaits Senate floor action, which in all likelihood will not come. The House has yet to release a proposal or announce a committee hearing date for their Labor HHS budget.
As in years past and it appears likely again this time around, Congress has funded Nursing Workforce programs through budget processes such as a Continuing Resolution (CR)or a long term “quick” fix known as an Omnibus. These methods of passing a budget usually aim to maintain funding at the levels set in previous years.
Below are the levels from Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, and the proposed levels for FY 2013, which in many situations are static from the funding from FY 2011.
|Program||FY 2012||FY 2013 Passed out of Senate Committee|
|Advanced Education Nursing||$64.046 million||$63.925 million|
|Nurse Education, Practice, and Retention||$39.653 million||$39.182 million|
|Nursing Workforce Diversity||$16.009 million||$15.819 million|
|Loan Repayment and Scholarship Program||$83.292 million($10 million decrease from FY 2011)||$83.135 million|
|Comprehensive Geriatric Education||$4.539 million||$4.485 million|
|Nursing Faculty Loan Program||$24.848 million||$24.553 million|
|Subtotal, Title VIII||$232.387 million($10 million decrease from FY 2011)||$231.099 million|
|Nurse Managed Health Centers||No funding in FY 2012||$5 million|
ANA will continue to monitor this funding process to protect FY 2013 for Nursing Workfork Development Program.