Congress Passes FY 22 Spending Package

On July 29, Congress passed a $600 billion package of seven FY 2022 spending bills. The budget package, H.R. 4502, passed on a vote of 219-208, includes bills that outline funding levels for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Agriculture, Interior, Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Transportation, along with other Federal departments and offices.

Here is what's included in the Labor-HHS Package:

  • An increase of $40 million for targeted research related to the impact of COVID19 on children and on mental health

  • $153 million, an increase of $150 million above the FY 2021 enacted level, for social determinates of health.

  • $155 million for Project AWARE, an increase of $48.5 million above the FY 2021 enacted level

  • $100 million for the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative, an increase of $28 million above the FY 2021 enacted level

  • $25 million for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, an increase of $17 million above the FY 2021 enacted level

  • $150 million for the Children’s Mental Health program, an increase of $25 million over the FY 2021 enacted level

  • Creates a new Mental Health Crisis Response Partnership Pilot Program, which will provide $100 million to help communities create mobile crisis response teams.

  • $257 million for Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) programs, an increase of $71 million above the FY 2021 enacted level.

  • Continued support for a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Initiative to support SEL and “whole child” approaches to education through various funding streams


Legislative language, summaries, and fact sheets of all seven bills can be found here. This leaves only the Homeland Security and Defense appropriations bills as the outstanding items on the lower chamber's government funding agenda. Appropriations legislation will then move to the Senate.