The Administration’s FY19 budget request, released today, comes just three days after Congress approved a landmark budget deal that increases the discretionary spending caps in FY18 and FY19 to alleviate the strain on discretionary spending programs including International Affairs.
In a surprise conclusion to months of unsuccessful negotiations, early this morning Congress approved a sweeping budget deal to lift discretionary spending caps for FY18 and FY19 – but only after a drama-filled 48 hours that culminated in a five-hour government shutdown. The bipartisan agreement also includes a six-week Continuing Resolution (CR) extending FY17 funding levels through March 23 and several other priority items, including emergency disaster relief funds and a one-year suspension of the debt ceiling.
Today, Congress approved a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR), ending a government shutdown that lasted nearly three days. The CR extends FY17 funding levels through February 8, giving Congressional leaders three more weeks to reach a budget deal that lifts the caps on defense and non-defense discretionary spending.
As a midnight deadline to fund the government came and went, Congress failed to approve a fourth Continuing Resolution (CR) that would have once again extended FY17 funding levels – triggering a government shutdown. The last government shutdown in October 2013 lasted for 16 days. Congress plans to work through the weekend on an agreement to end the shutdown, which could come as early as Monday.
Capping off a busy week dominated by the passage of tax reform legislation, Congress on Thursday approved a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government open and avoid a shutdown just before the holidays. The CR extends FY17 funding levels through January 19, 2018 – giving Members of Congress time to revive stalled negotiations on a budget deal to determine final FY18 spending levels.
Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) introduce a five-year reauthorization (S. 2269) of the Global Food Security Act, which directed the U.S. government to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to address global food insecurity and combat malnutrition.
With just one day to spare until funding for the federal government was set to run out, on Thursday Congress voted to extend FY17 funding levels for another two weeks – fending off a government shutdown and buying additional time for Congress to reach a budget deal and finalize FY18 spending bills. The President signed the Continuing Resolution (CR) today.
Reps. Ted Yoho (R-FL), Michael McCaul (R-TX), and Albio Sires (D-NJ) introduce the Multilateral Aid Review Act (H.R. 4502). The bill would authorize a methodologically-based assessment to evaluate U.S. funding for multilateral institutions.
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations held a hearing entitled “Accountable Soft Power in the National Interest,” featuring USAID Administrator Mark Green.
The Senate passed its FY18 Budget Resolution on a largely party-line vote of 51-49, following a lengthy vote-a-rama on amendments. The resolution sets out $516 billion for non-defense discretionary spending, equal to the FY18 Budget Control Act (BCA) cap. The resolution includes $39.5 billion in base funding for the International Affairs Budget, but does not specify the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding breakdown between defense and international affairs. Like the House’s FY18 Budget Resolution, the Senate’s budget resolution is considered primarily to be a vehicle for tax reform.