On November 10, 2020, the Senate Appropriations Committee released its long-awaited legislative text for its Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 appropriations bills. The current continuing resolution, which was passed just before the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2020, is set to expire on December 11, 2020. Committee markups will not occur in the Senate this year, given the fast-approaching December deadline. It is expected that the Senate will move directly to conferencing its draft appropriations bills with the House-passed bills.
The NJCA is excited to report that the Senate version of the FY 2021 Labor-Health and Human Services (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Bill includes legislative language addressing all the NJCA’s policy priorities requested by the membership earlier this year. The Job Corps program also received level funding from the FY 2020 enacted level, even though the total funding allocated to the U.S. Department of Labor was cut by $132 million. The statutory language protecting the Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers from arbitrary closures was carried over from the FY 2020 bill. NJCA also worked directly with the Senate Appropriations Committee to include specific priority policy issues for our membership in the committee report.
While both political parties in the House and Senate have expressed an interest in passing a bipartisan omnibus appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2021 in December, it is possible they will pass another continuing resolution bill to get through the end of the year and into the next Congress, depending on the tenor of debate in this post-election season. Congress will now have to consider either an omnibus appropriations bill or another continuing resolution in December 2020.
NJCA will continue to work with the Congressional leadership and the Appropriations Committees to ensure the funding and policy priorities for the Job Corps program are achieved in FY 2021. NJCA is pleased to report that Job Corps remains in a strong position to receive at least level funding in addition to the majority of the NJCA’s requested bill and report language for this fiscal year.