Budget & Appropriations – President Releases FY 2018 “Skinny” Budget

President Trump’s administration released a short version of his Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget on March 16. While this budget does not address substantial parts of the federal budget and provides very little detail, it does indicate double digit cuts to several priority agencies for people with disabilities for the fiscal year beginning on October 1, 2017:

  • A cut of 18 percent for the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency that operates the largest number of discretionary programs for people with disabilities. This includes elimination of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Community Services Block Grant and $403 million in cuts to health professions and nursing training programs.
  • A cut of 13 percent for the Department of Education. While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act program is level funded, the budget includes significant cuts to community schools, professional development, and class-size funding which would adversely affect all students.
  • A 13.2 percent decrease for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, with only about half of the 7.5 billion in proposed cuts identified. Public housing funding would be cut by 30 percent, resulting in the loss of about 200,000 housing choice vouchers.
  • A 21 percent cut for the Department of Labor, including unspecified cuts to job training and employment service formula grants, projected to result in the loss of over 123,000 supported jobs.

The President’s detailed budget is expected in May. Congress is expected to develop its FY 2018 budget resolution after the President’s full budget request is released.

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