Budget & Appropriations/Prevention – FY 2017 Spending Bill May Advance

A procedural vote is scheduled for tonight, September 19, 2016 to move a short-term spending bill through the Senate. The spending bill is intended to fund a number of federal agencies beyond the start of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 on October 1 and avoid a partial government shutdown. These agencies include those that administer the majority of disability-related programs such as education, housing, and employment. Reportedly, negotiations continued over the weekend on the bill language but no final decisions have been announced. The funding amounts are expected to be set at the FY 2016 levels. Major issues to be resolved include the timeframe, parity between defense and non-defense programs, policy riders, and whether other emergency spending is included. However, some progress has been reported on the major sticking point to date in funding for the Zika virus in Puerto Rico – the exclusion of Planned Parenthood from efforts to help combat the virus.

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