On January 17, President Obama signed into law the bipartisan $1.1 trillion federal spending bill for FY 2014 (HR 3547). The bill represents an average 2.6% increase over the across-the-board spending cuts (sequester) made partway through FY 2013. The fiscal relief is not evenly spread, with some programs receiving significant increases and others continuing at lower levels. Below are a few examples:
- EDUCATION – Special education state grants would get $11.5 billion, a $497 million increase over sequestration levels, but not as high as the nearly $11.6 billion the program got before the cuts went into effect.
- HOUSING – the Section 811 Supportive Housing for People with Disabilities Program received $126 million, down from $150 million enacted in 2013.
- SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION – SSA’s budget for administrative expenses is $11.7 billion, a $651 million increase.
- The Arc will make additional information available once the President’s Budget is released most likely in April or May.