Social Services Block Grant Legislative History

The following provides a legislative history of the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) during the first session of the 113th Congress. For prior legislative history, see the 2012 edition of the Green Book.

113th Congress

The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (P.L. 113-6), maintained annual SSBG appropriations at $1.7 billion for FY2013 and maintained the 10% TANF transfer authority for states. However, the amount appropriated for FY2013 was reduced to $1.613 billion due to sequestration. In FY2013, the SSBG also received supplemental funding of $475 million, post-sequester, from the Disaster Relief Act, 2013 (P.L. 113-2). The supplemental stipulated that these funds were for necessary expenses resulting from Hurricane Sandy. On March 28, 2013, HHS issued an information memorandum regarding the availability of these supplemental funds. According to the memorandum, five states were allocated supplemental funds based on their relative share of FEMA Individual Assistance registrants from Hurricane Sandy, as of March 18, 2013. These states were: Connecticut ($10.6 million), Maryland ($1.2 million), New Jersey ($226.8 million), New York ($235.4 million), and Rhode Island ($0.5 million).

Congress and the President did not enact FY2014 appropriations prior to the start of the fiscal year, October 1, 2013.  This resulted in a funding gap and government shutdown that lasted sixteen days until a short-term continuing resolution was signed into law on October 17, 2013. A second FY2014 continuing resolution was enacted on January 15 (P.L. 113-73) and maintained temporary government-wide funding until the FY2014 omnibus was signed by the President on January 17 (P.L. 113-76). Ultimately, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (P.L. 113-76) on January 17, 2014. This law appropriated $1.7 billion for the SSBG and maintained the 10% TANF transfer authority for states. The FY2014 appropriation level was reduced to $1.578 billion due to sequestration.

This page was prepared on August 25, 2014, for the 2014 version of the House Ways and Means Committee Green Book.