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Friday, May 13, 2022

House Meets at...

Votes Predicted at...

 9:00 a.m. Legislative Business    
Five "One Minutes" per side                  

First/Last Votes: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.       



Floor Schedule and Procedure:

H.R. 5129 – Community Services Block Grant Modernization Act of 2022 (Rep. Bonamici – Education and Labor)

This bill reauthorizes the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) for 10 years and makes several improvements to the program.


The bill increases the annual authorization of appropriations for the program to allow for more robust investments, requires all states to expand income eligibility for CSBG services, increases accountability and performance requirements for CSBG grantees, and supports innovative approaches to reducing poverty through a new Community Action Innovations Program.


Click here for bill text.


Click here for a fact sheet from the Education and Labor Committee.


Click here for a section-by-section from the Education and Labor Committee.

The Rule, which was adopted on Tuesday, provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and Labor.

The Rule also makes the following amendments in order and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc:

Escobar Amendment

Broadens the resources directed to the elimination of poverty to promote partnerships that include entities or organizations that support innovative community-based approaches and research-driven responses to poverty.

Adams Amendment

Inserts language clarifying that Institutions of Higher Education, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Minority-Serving Institutions, can be considered as partners for Community Service Block Grant projects.

Good Amendment

Prohibits CSBG funds from being used to directly pay for or reimburse for health care services.

Gottheimer Amendment

Adds support for veterans, particularly homeless veterans, to the list of permissible purposes for which states may use statewide CSBG funds.

Grothman Amendment

Reinstates the current law eligibility and strikes the 200 percent federal poverty line increase from the bill.

Hayes Amendment

Requires states to provide notice in their website to communities about potential scammers or fraudulent activity related to CSBG programs. .

Horsford Amendment

Revises the section relating to training and technical assistance provided by Department of Health and Human Services to eligible entities clarifying that place-based poverty reduction strategies include addressing health inequities.

Houlahan Amendment

Revises the use of funds to specifically include behavioral health needs.

Jackson-Lee Amendment

Requires the Comptroller General to conduct a study to identify the uses, programs, and activities carried out with such funds that had the greatest impact, effectiveness, and results in achieving the purposes for which such funds were provided; and to identify best practices of states in implementing state plans and providing assistance to community action agencies to carry out activities, so that such practices can be used as models for states to follow to carry out this subtitle in the future.

McClain Amendment

Duplicates  the bill’s funding prohibition on any voter registration activity and adds a very broad prohibition for using  funds for lobbying.

Moore (WI) Amendment

Authorizes states to use state CSBG funds to support eligible entities on responding to the food insecurity needs of the families and individuals they serve.

Payne Amendment #12

Ensures repairs to homes for health and safety, energy, and water purposes are permissible uses of funding, similar to current law’s allowance.

Payne Amendment #13

Clarifies that CSBG funds may be used by eligible state and local subgrantees on emergency materials or other assistance due to a national or public health emergency.

Pressley Amendment

Revises the eligible uses of funds to include partnerships that promote healthy communities through preventing and mitigating trauma.

Tlaib Amendment

Requires a state plan to describe how the state and eligible entities will coordinate other programs related to critical household needs which includes reducing the burden of energy and water utility costs.

Torres (NY) Amendment

Revises the reporting requirements of the Community Action Innovation Program to include an analysis of best practices shown to be effective at reducing poverty.

Wild Amendment

Requires each eligible entity to publicly post on its website its strategic plan, community needs assessment, and community action plan.


“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” 

 -Frederick Douglass

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