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October 22, 2021

Federal FY 2022 Education Appropriations Bill Released

After Governor Gavin Newsom’s final actions last week, which we detailed in last week’s ACCCA Update, it has been a relatively quiet week here in Sacramento.

However, the federal side has been a flurry of activity as Congress tries to cobble together the fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget and increase the debt limit all by December 3, as well as get the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill over the finish line and come to an agreement on President Biden’s “Build Back Better” framework, which is included as part of the federal budget negotiations.

To complete the federal budget process, both houses introduce a dozen appropriations bills that make up the federal budget and then reconcile their differences in a conference committee to produce a final budget that can be voted on by both houses and then sent to the president. Earlier this week, Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) published the remaining nine FY 2022 appropriations bills pending in the Senate.

The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill includes increases for most programs year over year, including a 35% increase for the U.S. Department of Education. Some of the more noteworthy increases to the education spending bill include:

  • Increase Pell Grant maximum award by $400 to $6,895
  • $25 million increase for the Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant
  • $40 million increase to the Federal Work-Study Program
  • $78 million increase for the Title III-A Strengthening Institutions Program
  • $50 million increase for Career Technical Education State Grants
  • $34 million increase for Adult Basic Education

To expedite the process, Senate leaders will likely be negotiating with their House counterparts soon so they can ensure that a federal budget will be approved and signed by December 3, 2021, the date the continuing resolution to fund the government at FY 2021 spending levels expires.

The committee’s summary and Explanatory Statement can be found here and here.

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