Final FY 2014 Spending Bill Heads to the President for Signature
On Thursday, January 16, 2014, the Senate passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, by a vote of 72-26. The bill cleared the House on Wednesday by a vote of 359-67. The final spending package, which adheres to the $1.012 trillion spending limit set by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 [Public Law No. 113-67], will now head to the White House for the President to sign this weekend before the current continuing resolution expires. As previously released on AACN’s Appropriation’s Advocacy page, the final bill includes $156.8 billion for the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS-ED) programs. Below are a few highlights that relate to AACN’s programs of interest. For more detailed information and historical funding levels, see AACN’s Appropriations Advocacy Page.
- $6.324 billion (a 7.9% increase over FY 2013) for the Health Resources and Services Administration
- $469.236 million (a 7.1% increase over FY 2013) for the Bureau of Health Professions
- $223.841 million (a 3% increase over FY 2013) for the Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act)
- $29.9 billion (a 3.5% increase over FY 2013) for the National Institutes of Health
- $140.517 million (a 3% increase over FY 2013) for the National Institute of Nursing Research
- $471 million (a 9.8% increase over FY 2013) for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (this includes the additional support of $100 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund, not recorded in the final legislation)