June 5, 2023

How Much COVID Funding Remains Unspent?

From 2020 to 2022, the federal government enacted several pieces of legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as part of a deal to suspend the debt ceiling, policymakers are rescinding the remaining funding for COVID-19 relief as a means to reduce federal spending.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that rescinding the remaining $56 billion in funding from appropriations related to the pandemic would result in savings of $30 billion in outlays over the next few years. CBO’s estimate of savings reflects their assumption that some of the authority provided would never have been spent.

The CRFB estimates the largest savings would come from:

  • Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund ($10.4 billion) – funds intended for supporting health services, supplies, and other salaries and administrative expenses
  • Transit Infrastructure Grants ($2.6 billion) – funds allocated to support transit capital investments
  • Highway Infrastructure Grants ($2.1 billion) – federal funding allocated for highway infrastructure
  • Tenant-Based Rental Assistance ($2.0 billion) – funds allocated for emergency rental assistance

The remaining balance is spread across over 50 accounts.

Rescinding COVID-19 relief funds would reduce outlays by nearly $30 billion


Related: Healthcare Spending In The United States Remains High

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