Last week, the House and Senate passed a Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 spending bill that runs through December 9. President Obama signed the measure into law shortly afterwards, only two days before the start of FY 2017. The measure advanced after several controversial policy riders were removed and emergency supplemental funding was provided to address the Louisiana flooding and the Flint, Michigan lead water crisis. This bill provides slightly less-than-level funding to most federal agencies and provides new funding to address the Zika virus. Key elements include:
- An across-the-board cut of about 0.5 percent from FY 2016 levels to comply with the spending caps set by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. This cut would apply to all discretionary disability-related programs such as education, housing, employment, and transportation.
- $1.1 billion in emergency funding for the Zika response, about $400 million of which is offset with funding that has not been spent (such as unused funding for Affordable Care Act exchanges in territories). ReadThe Arc’s statement on the passage of the Zika funding bill.