The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education last night approved legislation that would provide $189.8 billion in discretionary funding for the departments of Labor, HHS and Education and related agencies in fiscal year 2020. According to a committee summary, the bill would provide $99 billion for HHS, $8.5 billion more than this year and $20.9 billion more than the president’s budget request. Specific increases include $2 billion more for the National Institutes of Health; $475 million more for the Health Resources and Services Administration; $315 million more for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; $115 million more for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; and $35 million more for Hospital Preparedness Program grants. The bill also includes $50 million for research to prevent firearm injury and death. It next moves to the full committee.

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