With a new law (HR 601) keeping the government operational through Dec. 8, Congress has some breathing room to complete FY 2018 appropriations measures, including the legislation to fund the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Departments. In addition to assuring the continued operation of the federal government through Dec. 8, the new law provides initial federal emergency supplemental funding for disasters caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, raises the debt ceiling to allow the United States to meet its fiscal obligations. The $15.25 billion emergency supplemental package includes $7.4 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Relief Fund and $450 million for the Small Business Authority disaster loan program. In addition, the legislation provides $7.4 billion in Community Development Block Grant funding through the Housing and Urban Development Department for areas most affected by the disasters.The House and Senate appropriations committees have approved their respective Labor-HHS-DoEd measures for FY 2018 (HR 3355). The measures now await consideration by the full chambers. This likely will occur through an FY 2018 omnibus measure that will include all appropriations still needing approval. DOL funding most uncertain The House and Sen [...]
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