Budget & Appropriations – Last Minute Short Term Funding Bill Enacted, FY 2017 Omnibus Funding Bill Text Released

Within hours of a partial government shutdown, the House and Senate approved and President Trump later signed a continuing resolution, H.J.Res. 99, that would extend government funding for one week beyond the midnight April 28 deadline to give lawmakers time to wrap up negotiations on a spending package for the remainder of FY 2017 that ends on September 30. The text of the longer-term Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 spending package was released in the early hours of May 1. The measure includes $15 billion increases for both defense and nondefense discretionary funding (NDD) over the FY 2017 caps. This “extra” amount over the sequester caps is what was agreed to in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which faced objection by conservatives. The deal includes $1.5 billion for border security (technology and existing wall repairs), but not for construction of a wall on the border with Mexico. 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 has posted a summary of what the bill does and does not include here. The House and Senate are both expected to vote on the FY2017 omnibus spending bill this week.

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