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Senate’s Funding Recommendations for Service

Posted by Zach Maurin on July 28, 2010

The diligent and quick folks at Voices for National Service just emailed the info below.  For the Corporation for National and Community Service FY2011 budget, the Senate recommended $60 million more than the House, but $60 million lass than the President’s request.  In the context of AmeriCorps, the Senate’s budget would add 10,000 positions next year for 97,000 total.

It’s still a solid increase from last year’s budget, but we need both the House and Senate to meet the President’s request.  Service is an answer to rising social needs across a host of issues and unemployment.  We need people more engaged during tough times — and that takes resources, but service is a very cost-effective option.  More details below from Voices:

Senate LHHS Subcommittee Recommends $1.366B for CNCS in FY11
Mark is $215.9M above FY10 enacted, would fund additional 10,000 AmeriCorps slots

On July 27, the Senate Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved a draft spending bill that includes $1.366 billion for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). This would be an increase of $215.9 million (18.8%) above the FY 2010 enacted level. Earlier this month, the House LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee approved a budget for CNCS of $1.305 billion, approximately $60 million below the Senate subcommittee mark. Both the House and Senate subcommittees are recommending funding levels below the President’s requested level of $1.416 billion.

According to the bill summary, the Senate’s appropriation would increase AmeriCorps participation from 87,000 members in 2010 to 97,000 in 2011. Further details, including the funding breakdown by program, will be available this week after the full Senate Appropriations Committee considers the LHHS bill on Thursday, July 29.

"" Click here for the FY 2011 bill summary approved by the Senate LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee (from the Senate LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee).
"" The House subcommittee approved $1.305 billion for the Corporation for National and Community Service on July 15. Click here for more information.

There are many steps left in the appropriations process before final funding levels are enacted. Voices for National Service will continue to monitor the appropriations process and keep the field updated as details emerge. Congress will have to make tough decisions on national funding priorities, while they try to impose discipline on spending and reduce the deficit. Legislators must hear from constituents who are closely watching the levels appropriated to CNCS.

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