On June 12 and 14, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up its version of the fiscal year (FY) 2013 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), Education and Related Agencies spending bill in subcommittee and full committee, respectively. This appropriations bill provides the federal funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), among others, which in turns issues grants and other awards that benefit state and local public health agencies. Overall, the Senate's FY 2013 Labor-HHS-Education bill totals $157.7 billion and is approximately $1.4 billion ABOVE the FY 2012 comparable funding level. When a House version of the Labor-HHS-Education bill is produced, the overall allocation will be $150 billion, which is $7.7 billion LESS than the Senate level. It is important to clarify that this is NOT the final appropriations level for these programs. The Senate version is an important step in the congressional appropriations process, but not the last. There is potential for a House version of the bill to be publicly available in the coming days or weeks. The endgame for a final appropriations bill is unknown at this time, but agreement between the two houses of Congress is likely to be late fall or early winter at the earliest.The full summary prepared by the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee is available online. View the full Senate report.