House and Senate conferees completed negotiations on the Labor HHS appropriations bill today. The final appropriation amount for Adult Education is $641M for FY19, which represents a $25M increase over FY 18! This amount is in addition to the $35M that our field worked so hard for last year.
The next step is a floor vote in the Senate next week, followed by a vote on the House floor the last week of September. The Labor-HHS bill is attached to the Defense Appropriations bill, which is a high priority in Congress to be enacted before the fiscal year ends on September 30th and the package will also include a Continuing Resolution to keep the remaining parts of the government open through December 7th. Hill insiders believe that the combined Labor-HHS/Defense bill will easily pass through the Senate and should also be approved in the House.
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