CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, the House will consider H.J.Res. 84, the Head Start for Low-Income Children Act, under a closed rule. H.J.Res. 84 was introduced on October 3, 2013 by Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY), Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations.
H.J.Res.84 provides immediate funding for the Head Start program at the same rate and under the same conditions as in effect at the end of the just completed fiscal year. Funds are available until another appropriation bill (such as regular bill or CR) is enacted for these operations or December 15, 2013.
Funding for the Head Start program is included in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The Head Start program is implemented through the Administration for Children and Families within the Department of Health and Human Services and together with the Early Head Start program serve approximately one million children nationwide. The program received approximately $7.6 billion for FY 2013. On October 1, 2013, a lapse in federal funding resulted in a federal government shutdown, which is impacting Head Start services. Approximately, 57,000 infants, toddlers, and children participating in Early Head Start and Head Start programs have been impacted.
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CBO estimates that enacting H.J.Res. 84 would result in budget authority of approximately $7.6 billion.