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Washington Labor & Employment Wire » Senate Approves FY 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Bill (H.R. 3288)

Senate Approves FY 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Bill (H.R. 3288)


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On Sunday, December 13, 2009, the Senate approved the $446.8 billion fiscal year 2010 consolidated appropriations bill (H.R. 3288), on a 57-35 vote. The omnibus bill consolidates six of the seven remaining fiscal year 2010 appropriations bills: the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2847); the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 3293); the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act (H.R. 3170); the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act (H.R. 3082); the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act (H.R. 3081); and the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 3288). 

Under this omnibus appropriations bill, the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will all receive increased funding in FY 2010. The Department of Labor’s budget will increase $431 million from FY 2009, the National Labor Relations Board’s budget will increase $20.8 million from FY 2009, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s budget will increase $23 million from FY 2009. In total, under the bill the Department of Labor will receive $13.3 billion in discretionary funding, the National Labor Relations Board will received $283.4 million, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will receive $367.3 million.  

If signed into law, the bill will also provide funding for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division ($145 million), the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service ($46.7 million), the National Mediation Board ($13.5 million), the Occupational safety and Health Review Commission ($11.7 million), the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission ($10.4 million), the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights ($9.4 million), and the National Council on Disability ($3.3 million).

As noted in the Senate Appropriations Committee summary, the bill would also present additional targeted funding for unemployment insurance program operations ($3.2 billion), dislocated worker employment and training ($1.4 billion), the Department of Labor’s “worker protection” agencies that regulate pensions, mine safety and health, occupational safety and health, wage and hour rules, and federal contractor compliance ($1.6 billion), and military veteran’s employment and training ($256 million).

The House previously approved the omnibus bill on December 10, 2009, on a 221-202 vote. The legislation now moves to the White House to be signed by the President. President Obama is expected to sign the bill.