Budget and Appropriations: Partial Government Shutdown Continues

The partial government shutdown continues this week. Many agencies, including those under the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, remain open and are largely unaffected due to the passage of full-year appropriation bills earlier in 2018. Employees at several other agencies, including the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Justice, Commerce, State, and Homeland Security, are furloughed unless they are classified as “excepted.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) did not allow a vote on the omnibus appropriations bill or Homeland Security continuing resolutions passed by the House on January 3. Last week, the House passed several individual appropriations packages. McConnell has indicated that he does not intend to allow votes on these measures either. The Arc supports restoring funding for the remaining federal agencies.

Budget and Appropriations: Congress Fails to Enact Appropriations; Government Enters Partial Shutdown

Due to a failure to enact appropriations or a continuing resolution, parts of the federal government shut down on December 22, 2018. Many agencies, including those under the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, remain open and are largely unaffected due to the passage of full-year appropriation bills earlier in 2018. Employees at several other agencies, including the Department of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Justice, Commerce, State, and Homeland Security, are furloughed unless they are classified as “excepted.”

On January 3, the newly-seated House of Representatives approved two bills: one to fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels (and not including funding for the border wall with Mexico that President Trump is seeking) until February 8, and another to fund all other unfunded agencies based on levels approved by bipartisan majorities of the Senate Appropriations Committee in the previous Congress. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has indicated that he does not intend to allow votes on these measures. The Arc supports promptly restoring funding for agencies funded through the Commerce, Justice, and Science, and Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development appropriations packages as these agencies operate programs important to people with disabilities. House Democrats plan to introduce individual agency spending bills this week.

Budget and Appropriations: Partial Government Shutdown Continues

The partial government shutdown continues this week. Many agencies, including those under the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, remain open and are largely unaffected due to the passage of full-year appropriation bills earlier in 2018. Employees at several other agencies, including the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Justice, Commerce, State, and Homeland Security, are furloughed unless they are classified as “excepted.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) did not allow a vote on the omnibus appropriations bill or Homeland Security continuing resolutions passed by the House on January 3. Last week, the House passed several individual appropriations packages. McConnell has indicated that he does not intend to allow votes on these measures either. The Arc supports restoring funding for the remaining federal agencies.

Budget & Appropriations: Congress Facing Funding Deadline This Week

Congress has until midnight on Friday, December 21 to wrap up seven of the 12 outstanding appropriations bills in order to avoid a partial government shutdown. Funding could lapse for the Departments of Justice, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, and others if a deal is not reached to fund these agencies. It appears that the main stumbling block is the amount of funding for the border wall with Mexico. Agencies poised to lose funding would develop their own plans for a shutdown, detailing which government activities are put on hold and which employees are considered “essential” and continue working.

Budget & Appropriations – President Signs Two-Week Continuing Resolution

On December 7, President Trump signed a continuing resolution to continue government operations for several federal departments until December 21. Earlier this year, legislation was enacted to fund the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (L-HHS-ED) for fiscal year 2019. The bill signed last week prevents a partial government shut-down of seven federal departments, including the Departments of Justice, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development. Congressional leaders and the President will continue to negotiate a spending bill to cover those agencies for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Budget & Appropriations – FY 2019 L-HHS-ED Funding Bill Signed into Law

On September 28, President Trump signed into law a measure that funds the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (L-HHS-ED) for fiscal year (FY) 2019 that begins on October 1. The measure also includes funding for the Department of Defense and a continuing resolution for other federal agencies until December 7. The package had been approved by the House on September 26. Most of The Arc’s priority programs were level funded or received slight increases and controversial policy riders have been removed. Additionally, $300,000 was added to fund the Caregiving Advisory Council established under the RAISE Family Caregivers Act and $5 million was added to fund Care Corps, a network of volunteer caregivers. Funding levels for The Arc’s priority programs can be found here.

Budget & Appropriations -Senate Approves FY 2019 Defense and L-HHS-ED Package

On September 18, the Senate approved the final appropriations package that includes appropriations for the Departments of Defense and Labor Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (L-HHS-ED) for fiscal year (FY) 2019 that begins on October 1, and a continuing resolution funding the remainder of discretionary spending until December 7. Most of The Arc’s priority programs were level funded or received slight increases and controversial policy riders have been removed. Additionally, $300,000 was added to fund the Caregiving Advisory Council established under the RAISE Family Caregivers Act and $5 million was added to fund Care Corps, a network of volunteer caregivers. The House is expected to vote on the package this week. Funding levels for The Arc’s priority programs can be found here.

Budget & Appropriations – Committee Approves FY 2019 Defense and L-HHS-ED Package

On September 13, a conference committee approved an appropriations package that funds the Departments of Defense and Labor Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (L-HHS-ED) for fiscal year (FY) 2019 that begins on October 1. Most of The Arc’s priority programs were level funded or received slight increases and controversial policy riders have been removed. The Senate is expected to vote on final passage this week, and the House during the week of September 24. Funding levels for The Arc’s priority programs can be found here.

Budget & Appropriations – Senate Passes Funding Bill for Labor-HHS-Ed

On August 23, the Senate passed the fiscal year (FY) 2019 funding bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (L-HHS-Ed) by a vote of 85-7. A number of amendments were passed to provide funding increases for select programs (such as school-based mental health services, opioid treatment, and child abuse prevention), but the bill did not include controversial policy riders. With only a few legislative days left before the midterm elections, the House is not expected to take up its Labor-HHS-Ed bill before then. A continuing resolution to keep the government funded through November or December is expected.

Budget & Appropriations – House & Senate Advance FY 2019 Labor-HHS-Ed Spending Bill

On June 16, the Committee report was posted for the bill that was passed the day before by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (L-HHS-ED). The report includes line item funding levels for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and shows that most of The Arc’s priority programs would be level funded, with a few seeing increases and one being cut. On June 28, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the L-HHS-ED funding bill. Like the House version, this bill funds most of The Arc’s priority programs at FY 2018 levels, but does not contain any cuts. See the proposed funding levels by the House and Senate here.