House Passes Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations

Last week the House of Representatives passed the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations. The bill includes a total increase for targeted homeless programs of approximately $47 million. Specifically:

Runaway and Homeless Youth Act programs received a $10 million increase to $113 million;

Education of Homeless Children and Youth received a $5 million increase to $67 million;

Grants to Benefit Homeless Individuals received a $13 million increase to $57 million;

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program received a $1.8 million increase to $23.6 million;

Health Care for the Homeless received an increase of approximately $17.2 million to $190 million;

Projects in Assistance for Transition from Homelessness (PATH) was level funded at $54 million.

The bill passed by a vote of 276-140. The President has said that he will veto the bill because the spending exceeds his budget request. As it stands now, the 276 votes represent 66.4 percent of total votes cast, just short of enough to override the President’s veto.