Senate appropriations bill makes cuts to workforce programs, funds year-round Pell and Apprenticeship

This post by the National Skills Coalition covers the good and the bad of new workforce legislation.

On June 9th, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 29-1 to approve the bipartisan Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) spending bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The bill sets overall Labor-HHS funding at $161.9 billion, $270 million below FY2016 levels. Because of a $2 billion increase of National Institute of Health funding, however, workforce and education programs bear an even greater amount of cuts than that difference in funding might suggest.