Budget Brief 21-20
August 18, 2021

The House passed its fiscal year (FY) 2022 Labor-Health and Human Services (HHS)-Education appropriations bill as part of a seven-bill spending package (H.R. 4502). The Senate Appropriations Committee just began consideration of appropriations bills and has yet to release its version of the bill.

This brief focuses on proposed funding for health programs under the House bill. FY 2022 marks the first year without discretionary spending caps since the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011 was enacted. The House is operating under a 16% increase in total discretionary funding and a 36% increase for the discretionary funding included in the Labor-HHS-Education bill. As a result, it proposes significant funding increases for many health programs of importance to states.