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Registration and other
information can be found on the conference website
In conjunction with the upcoming Celebrate the Power of
Experience FGP, RSVP and SCP Directors Training event,
NARSVPD is encouraging RSVP directors, to schedule
Capitol Hill visits with their elected officials on
September 9, 2015. The Celebrate the Power of
Experience conference in Reston, Virginia provides us
with a unique opportunity to make an impact on Capitol
Getting from Reston, VA can be done with a hotel shuttle
to the Metro station, and a 20 minute metro ride to the
We encourage each project to bring a one page (for each
member you visit) briefing on your project. This should
include a description of the impacts you and your
volunteers are making back home. NARSVPD can provide you
with an information sheet with national information.
If you would like help making appointments, would like
an NARSVPD Board Member to go with you, or would like
our Washington, D.C. representative (Gene Sofer) to go
with you, please email Betty Ruth at
focuses on the Congressional Budget agreement reached by
House and Senate Republicans and its implications for
the FY 2016 Appropriations process.
recall, the Congressional Budget process creates a
framework for funding the government by establishing
funding levels for entitlement programs (mandatory
spending) and for defense and non-defense discretionary
spending, and estimating the revenues the federal
government will take in. It uses spending caps to
enforce discretionary spending levels and the process
known as "reconciliation" to enforce changes in
entitlements. Remember that the Budget is divided into
Functions (Education and Training is Function 500) and
that the "Budgeteers" give the Appropriators an
aggregate number (302 (a) allocation which they then
divide into subcommittee allocations (so-called "302(b)
Budget Committees can recommend spending cuts in
discretionary programs, they can't enforce them.
Ultimately, those decisions will be made by the relevant
Appropriations subcommittee, (in our case, the Labor-HHS-Education
and Independent Agencies subcommittee).
both Houses passed Budget Resolutions. The conference
between House and Senate Committees has now been
completed. The results reflect the view of the
Republican majorities in the House and Senate that the
budget should be balanced by spending cuts only.
non-defense discretionary spending, the agreement
maintains the FY 2016 sequester level cap, and starting
in FY 2017 makes additional cuts to non-defense
discretionary spending each year through FY 2025. In
total the non-defense discretionary cut is $496 billion,
or 9.9%. In FY 2017, it's a cut of 5.2 percent below
the sequester level cap and by FY 2015 the cut is 14
percent below the sequester level cap.
Bob Greenstein, President of the Center on Budget Policy
and Priorities, "Starting
in 2016, sequestration will cut them [non-defense
discretionary spending] by an average of $37 billion a
year, on top of the cuts that the BCA's [Budget Control
Act] tight funding caps already impose.
SHOWS HOW FAR CONGRESS HAS STRAYED FROM A POSITIVE,
The new agreement adds another $496 billion in cuts over
the coming decade -- an average of another $50 billion a
year." (Emphasis added).
Conference report provides no details on what the
specific cuts are to Function 500. The Appropriators
will decide on the discretionary cuts they need to make
to stay under their allocation.
We get an
insight into the dilemma that the Congress faces when we
see the impact of the Budget process on the Labor-HHS
of this week the US House Appropriations Committee
approved an allocation for Labor-HHS-Education programs
that if implemented would result in a cut of $3.7
billion or 2.4 percent reduction in all of those
programs for FY16. These figures still need full House
approval. In the meantime the Senate Appropriations
Subcommittees are still working on their appropriations
votes for funding levels in the Budget process that
translate into deep cuts in the Appropriations process.
But, when it comes to actually cutting programs that
have constituents and supporters it becomes difficult to
piece together the majorities needed to actually pass
rumor has it that the House Labor-HHS-Education
Appropriations subcommittee will not even attempt to
produce an Appropriations bill at these levels. That
makes a Continuing Resolution (CR) increasingly likely.
A CR would
eliminate the possibility of any new money for any
national service program, including RSVP.
Yes, we need your support.
Your NARSVPD dues help pay for a contracted Washington
D.C. consultant who advocates on behalf of RSVP
interests throughout the year. Timely legislative
updates keep members aware of congressional and
Washington-based developments that impact your programs.
The NARSVPD Board provides ongoing advocacy for
increased and equitable federal funding and addresses
all national issues that affect RSVP. The board also
provides opportunities for professional development and
technical assistance through workshops and training
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