On June 21, 2007, the Senate Appropriations Committee reported out an FY '08 funding bill recommending $880.9 million for the Corporation for National and Community Service and its programs- this includes AmeriCorps.
The Senate bill provides $275.8 million for AmeriCorps grants, and language in the report urges the Corporation to better serve rural communities through national direct grants. In contrast to the President’s request and House recommendation, the Senate bill increases funding for the NCCC program to $31.8 million, and language in the report directs two new NCCC campuses to open by the end of FY08.
On July 11, 2007, the full House Appropriations Committee reported out an FY '08 funding bill recommending $843.4 million for the Corporation for National and Community Service and its programs- this includes AmeriCorps.
This includes only $11,620,000 for *NCCC. Unfortunately, these amounts equal the level approved by the House Subcommittee on Appropriations on Thursday, June 7, 2007 and offered no additional changes in AmeriCorps funding.
On February 5, 2007, President Bush sent to Congress his Fiscal Year 2008 budget request which recommends $828.7 million for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and its three core programs - AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and Learn & Serve America.
The non-binding budget proposes cuts to all three programs, continuing a downward trend and establishing a budget baseline nearly $106.7 million below the Fiscal Year 2004 level.
For FY08, the Administration proposes:
» AmeriCorps State and National: $255.6 M
$9 million below FY07, 18% below the program's historic high of $312 million (FY04).
» National Service Trust: $122.5 M
$4.8 million above FY07, 14% below the historic high of $142.8M (FY05).
» AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps: $11.6M
$15.1 million below FY07, a 57% reduction from last year's appropriation.
» Learn and Serve America: $32.1 M
$5 million below FY07, 30% below the program's historic high of $46M (FY95).
» Senior Corps: $204.4 M
$13.1 million below FY07, a 6% reduction from last year's appropriation.