Congress Enacts FY 2015 Funding Bill

The House and Senate have approved legislation, H.R. 83, to fund most of the federal government through Sept. 30, 2015. President Obama is expected to sign the bill this week. The legislation funds 11 of 12 appropriations titles for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2015, and includes a continuing resolution to fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 27, 2015. The bill provides overall funding decreases for many key federal agencies, including the Department of Education and the Department of Labor; the bill provides overall level funding for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. For the Department of Housing and Urban Development, reductions in revenues will offset an increased appropriation, resulting in an overall net cut for affordable housing programs run by the agency. Most disability-specific programs received level funding or adjustments at or below inflation; for instance, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) State Grants increased by 0.2% and the Vocational Rehabilitation State Grant increased by 1%.  A few small programs received increases, notably the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (7% increase), and the Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (13% increase).

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