U.S. House to Consider 2020 Appropriations Bill for Labor, HHS This Week

H.R. 2740 would provide a total of $13.3 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Department of Labor, including $298 million for the DOL Wage and Hour Division and $661 million for OSHA, which would be an increase of $103 million above the 2019 enacted level.

The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee has released a division-by-division summary of the first "minibus" of fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills. The full House is expected to consider H.R. 2740 starting June 12. It includes five FY 2020 spending bills: Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, Legislative Branch, Defense, State-Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development.

The bill would provide a total of $13.3 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Department of Labor, which is $1.2 billion above the 2019 enacted level and $2.4 billion above President Donald J. Trump's budget request. That total includes:

  • $298 million for the DOL Wage and Hour Division
  • $661 million for OSHA, which would be an increase of $103 million above the 2019 enacted level and the president's budget request

The Department of Health and Human Services would receive a total of $99.4 billion, an increase of $8.9 billion above the 2019 enacted level and $21.3 billion above the president's budget request. That amount includes $41.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health; $8.3 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; $346 million, an increase of $10 million, for NIOSH; and $5.9 billion for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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