House Appropriations Committee Threatens Harsh Cuts to LHHS Funding

The House Appropriations Committee proposed FY25 budget adheres to statutory caps, leading to a 6% across-the-board cut and an 11% reduction in funding for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, with advocacy needed to prevent cuts to TRIO programs.

The House Appropriations Committee released its planned FY25 budget allocations, which held to the statutory caps imposed by the Fiscal Responsibility Act. The current House proposal does not include any additional spending above the FY25 caps, resulting in an across-the-board cut of 6%. The Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education account, which funds the Federal TRIO Programs, is facing an 11% cut to funding to offset increases in Homeland Security spending. The House is planning to hold its LHHS subcommittee markup on Thursday, June 27; the full committee markup will be on Wednesday, July 10.

The Senate, on the other hand, has expressed interest in raising spending above the mandatory caps, though there is ongoing debate over whether Republicans would only support raising the caps on Defense spending.

As you know, an 11% cut to TRIO programs would be devastating. Please continue your outreach to your Members of Congress. We are facing a year of cuts and we must continue to use our voice to remind Congress that TRIO works! One of the best things you can do is to engage with your Member of Congress locally. Especially in an election year, Members are always eager to get a picture with a group of students and hear from the community directly! Direct engagement with TRIO students is hugely impactful in preventing Congress from slashing funding. You can find a list of education staffers and district directors here, both of whom can help to arrange local events with Members.

Please don’t hesitate to contact COE Director of Congressional Affairs Owen Toomey with any questions.

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Questions? Contact COE Vice President for Public Policy Diane Shust.

Diane Shust

Vice President, Public Policy [email protected]

Owen Toomey

Director, Congressional Affairs [email protected]

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