Budget & Appropriations: Funding Bills for Remainder of FY 2020 Enacted; Low Income Tax Credits Not Included

All 12 Fiscal 2020 spending bills were passed by both chambers of Congress and signed by the President on December 20, the day the previous short-term funding bill was set to expire. The $1.3 trillion spending package included a few notable increases for disability related programs, though the majority were level funded or saw modest increases. The Lifespan Respite Act program received the largest percentage increase at 48%. See a comparison of disability-related program funding levels here.

In addition, the measure included several tax cuts totaling $426.3 billion over 10 years. This includes repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance tax and medical device tax for businesses which benefit under the ACA. Unfortunately, it did not include any expansion of tax credits for low income people, namely the earned income tax credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). The Arc advocated for expansion of these refundable tax credits, which benefit low income workers. Learn more.

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