Largest Title X Increase in 35 Years
by Melissa Ryan, Sat Nov 10, 2007 at 02:21:29 AM EST
Back in July I posted about the inclusion of money for family planning and pregnancy prevention into the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. I wasn't at all happy with how the measure was framed as a way to reduce abortions, but the possibility of a significant increase for Title X was certainly something to cheer about.
The appropriations bill has now passed both the House and Senate and it includes $310 million for Title X.
Emily Douglas of RH Reality Check has the details:
It's all bad news, all the time, you say? Well, that's not true on Fridays! Last night, the House of Representatives passed the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill -- which, as suggested by its title, provides funding for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education -- by a vote of 274-141.
It turns out that there is something to cheer about this bill after all. In a win for reproductive health care, the appropriations bill includes a $27.8 million funding increase for important Title X family planning dollars, bringing the total funding for Title X to $310.9 million. This is the largest increase in Title X funding in 35 years.
Bush is expected to veto the appropriations bill over discretionary spending, and unfortunately there aren't enough votes to override.