CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
The House is expected to consider Senate Amendment 4518 to H.R. 5610 on the floor on July 28, 2010, under suspension of the rules, which requires two-third votes. The Senate passed the legislation by unanimous consent on July 27, 2010. On June 30, 2010, the House passed H.R. 5610 by voice vote.
H.R. 5610 changes the deadline from July 30, 2010, to August 5, 2010, for a state to request a waiver to disregard American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds when allocating fiscal year 2010 funds. The waiver is intended to fix funding disparities that might result if the significant increase in ARRA funds were used as the new baseline for funding all centers.
H.R. 5610 makes a technical correction to the formula by which Centers for Independent Livings (CILs) receive federal funding.
Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are nonresidential, private, nonprofit agencies that provide services for people with disabilities to enable them to live independently.
The Rehabilitation Act provides funding for the planning, conduct, administration, and evaluation for CILs. Using a population-based formula, funds are distributed to states, which then distribute to the centers. In fiscal year 2009, centers received $77.3 million. In addition, ARRA provided $87.5 million for the same fiscal year. States could have distributed ARRA funds based on the same formula or could have distributed those funds based on another formula determined by the state, which 31 states chose to do. Because the formula for annual CIL funds specifies that centers must receive the same amount they received in the preceding year, ARRA funds are being counted when distributing annual funds to CILs. As a result, CILs in the 31 states that used a different formula will experience an increase in fiscal year 2010 funds while other CILs that received no funding under ARRA can expect a significant cut in funding. California is impacted in particular.
Since this is a technical change, the Senate Amendment to H.R. 5610 has no cost.