Budget and Appropriations – Omnibus Spending Package Enacted Through the End of FY 2017; Most Disability Programs Level Funded

On May 5, within hours of the expiration of a one-week funding bill, President Trump signed into law a measure to fund most of the federal government through the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 on September 30. The measure provides for a $15 billion increase each for defense and nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs over the FY 2017 sequester caps that had been negotiated in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Disability-related programs were almost entirely level funded. Two exceptions were the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) state grants with a $90 million increase (less than 1%) and the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights with a $1.5 million increase (1.4%). The bill also includes $1.5 billion for border security (technology and repairs), but not for construction of a wall on the border with Mexico, as President Trump had wanted. Democratic leaders are saying that they succeeded in excluding 160 poison pill riders, including exclusion of Planned Parenthood funding. House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY) posted a summary of what the measure does and does not include¬†here.

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