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House Passes DeLauro’s Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations Bill

December 17, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, today released the following statement after the House passed her FY2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Appropriations bill by a vote of 297-120.

“For years, the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education funding bill has been shortchanged. We are making up for lost ground. We fought the Senate to win crucial investments that will help people at every stage of their life. This bill provides additional funding for groundbreaking medical research, opioid programs, nutrition assistance, home heating assistance, child care, job training, registered apprenticeships, Head Start, Pell Grants, and the list goes on.”

“I am particularly proud to have secured $25 million for gun violence prevention research for the first time in more than two decades. The epidemic of gun violence is a public health emergency, and evidence-based research at the CDC and the NIH will help us save lives. Taking action should never have taken more than 20 years, and the significance of this achievement cannot be understated.”

Yesterday, DeLauro testified before the House Rules Committee on her bill. A video of her testimony can be found here. A summary of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bill can be found here. Notable wins include:

Health and Human Services

  • $25 million for gun violence prevention research—split between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health
  • $2.6 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health, including:
    • $2.8 billion (total) for Alzheimer’s disease research
    • $3.1 billion (total) for HIV/AIDS research
    • $195 million (total) for the Cancer Moonshot research initiative
    • $200 million (total) for research to develop a universal flu vaccine.
  • $637 million increase for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including:
    • $50 million (total) modernization of public health data surveillance and analytics
    • $63 million (total) for food safety
    • $140 million (total) reduce new HIV infections
    • $10 million (total) for the establishment of a suicide prevention program.
  • $50 million increase for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • $550 million increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant
  • $550 million increase for Head Start
  • $25 million increase for Preschool Development Grants
  • $5 million increase for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
  • $30 million increase for Senior Nutrition programs


  • $48 million increase for Worker Protection Agencies
  • $15 million increase for Registered Apprenticeships
  • $30 million increase for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act State Grants
  • $25 million increase for Job Corps
  • $40 million for a new grant program for community colleges to train people for in-demand jobs


  • $450 million increase for Title I Grants to Local Educational Agencies
  • $400 million increase for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) State Grants
  • $123 million for a new Social-Emotional Learning initiative to support “whole child” approaches to education
  • $93 million increase for Minority-serving Institutions
  • $150 dollar increase to Pell Grant max award (new maximum award is $6,345)