On July 29, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4502, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill by a vote of 219-208. The House has now passed a total of nine of the twelve FY 2022 spending bills prior to the August recess work period, which began on July 30, 2021.
As previously reported, the House bill includes $1.83 billion for the Job Corps program, an increase of $81.4 million above the FY 2021 enacted level and $75.3 million above the President’s FY 2022 budget request. Most of the increase goes to Job Corps’ operations and construction, rehabilitation, and acquisition accounts, as prioritized and requested by the NJCA in our FY 2022 request. The large funding increase this year highlights the strong bipartisan support for the Job Corps program and our students, staff, and campuses.
Although the Senate Appropriations Subcommittees marked up three FY 2022 appropriations bills on August 4, 2021, it is expected that most of the subcommittees will see further action in September. The Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee will not consider its bill until that time.
NJCA continues to directly engage with House and Senate appropriators to ensure the Job Corps program receives maximum funding and program flexibility for this fiscal year.