December 16, 2015
The long-awaited negotiated fiscal year (FY) 2016 Omnibus funding bill, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, was released in the early morning hours of December 16, 2015.
After months of pressure from adolescent sexual health promotion advocates and over 1,000 letters to members of congress pushing back against efforts to essentially eliminate the Office of Adolescent Health’s (OAH) Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP), the Omnibus funding bill includes level funding of $101 million for TPPP. Related evaluation funding would also be rescued and remain level to last year’s $6.8 million.
The Omnibus also included $33.1 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), a $2 million increase over last year's funding level.
SIECUS thanks our congressional champions, national and state partners, and advocates across the country for their tireless efforts to protect the already limited federal sexual health education resources that support the sexual health of our nation’s young people.
The protection of TPPP and DASH funds did not come without a cost, however, and our work must continue.
The Omnibus doubles the annual funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage (AOUM) programs up to $10 million. These funds must be used to exclusively implement programs promoting “voluntarily refraining from non-marital sexual activity.” There are several concerning new requirements for the AOUM program including teaching “completing school, securing a job, and marrying before bearing children” as “success sequencing for poverty prevention.”
Congress is expected to pass the Omnibus, but will pass another short-term Continuing Resolution, extending funding at current levels, through Tuesday, December 22, 2015 to give the House and Senate time to move the bill through their respective floor vote procedures.
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