Prior to recessing to campaign for the November elections, Congress finalizes and President Donald Trump signs an appropriations “minibus” funding bill (PL 115-245), which sets FY 2019 funding totals for the Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Depts. The minibus was the second to receive the president’s signature prior to the recess, with the first (PL 114-244) setting funding totals for the Energy, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs Depts. and the Legislative Branch. The Labor-HHS-DoEd minibus includes a short-term continuing resolution to temporarily fund remaining government programs until Dec. 7. These include programs at other agencies important to FAM readers, including the Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development and Transportation Depts. With the completion of this package, Congress approved 75% of all annual discretionary funding prior to the end of FY 2018. For more than two decades prior, the majority of appropriations bills were approved through an all-encompassing omnibus measure. Overall, PL 115-245 boosts funding at HHS and DoEd, with increases for a variety of efforts from cancer research to opioid addiction. The new funding law decreases funding at DOL, but some efforts still see increases, especially those focusing on youth employment and veterans. Funding is also appropriated for a new veterans’ apprenticeship initiative. Majority of HHS agencies see increases The law provides $90.5 billion for HHS, an increase [...]
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