FY 2014 Omnibus Spending Bill Unveiled: A Statement from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Jan 15 2014

Washington, DC—On January 13, leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees unveiled a $1.012 trillion Omnibus FY 14 Appropriations Bill. Included in this omnibus package is FY 14 appropriations for Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. This package restores some of the funds lost to sequestration for programs that help to reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy. While funding is below FY 13 appropriated levels, there is no sequestration applied to these discretionary levels for FY 14 and so most programs actually receive more than they did in FY 13. Key program funding levels in the Omnibus are: 

  • Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program is funded at $101 million, an increase of approximately $3 million over the FY 13 post-sequester level, with an additional $8.5 million provided for evaluation. 
  • Title X Family Planning Program is funded at $286.5 million, an increase of $8.2 million over the FY 13 post-sequester level.
  • Division of Adolescent and School Health is funded at $29 million, an increase of $0.7 million over the FY 13 post-sequester level.
  • Competitive Abstinence Education Grant Program is funded at $5 million, restoring the program to pre-sequester levels. 
  • Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant is funded at $634 million, an increase of nearly $30 million over the FY 13 post-sequester level.  

This FY 14 Omnibus bill reflects a bipartisan agreement between appropriations leaders in the House and Senate to return to a more normal process; however, the bill is not final until both chambers of Congress pass it. President Obama has expressed support for the deal and, assuming Congress passes the Omnibus, he will sign it. 

"We’re pleased that in the midst of challenging fiscal constraints, appropriators have recognized the importance of continued funding for programs that prevent teen and unplanned pregnancy,” said Sarah Brown, CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. “This funding will allow communities across the country to continue crucial investments in effective programs and services that improve the well-being of children and families. We hope Congress will quickly pass this common sense agreement.” 

About The National Campaign. The National Campaign is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families by preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy. Please visit www.TheNationalCampaign.org to find out more. 

 

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