On July 11th, the full House Appropriations Committee reported out the FY 2008 funding bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (where AmeriCorps is funded).
The Committee made its mark and recommended $843,381,000 for the Corporation for National and Community Service, including 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.
Now, the 2008 federal budget and appropriations process moves to the next phase. That is, with both the House (to be brought to the floor next week) and the Senate full Appropriations Committees passing funding bills, they will need to go to Conference Committee (House and Senate conferees selected by leadership) to work out the differences and agree on a funding bill before it is sent to the President for approval. As we all know now, the House's funding recommendation is not accpetable for *NCCC, AmeriCorps * State
and National, and the Trust.
As we reported last month, the *NCCC annual budget is $26.7 million. Now that the House has made its final funding recommendations for the 2008 budget, the proposed $11.6 million designated for *NCCC is by no means a victory. Additionally, the recommendation made out of the House is $20.169 million LESS than the Senate recommendation and would only support the operation of 2-3 *NCCC campuses. Furthermore, the amount provided for AmeriCorps *State and National is also more than $20 million LESS than the Senate recommendation. The $255.625 million recommended by the House would be the lowest appropriation of funding for *State and National since the crisis of FY 2003.
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