With FY 2017 Budget Finished, Congress Turns to FY 2018 Appropriations

Congressional appropriators will soon launch hearings on the federal budget for FY 2018, which begins on Oct. 1, after Congress successfully passed a spending bill for the current fiscal year which did not include deep cuts for domestic programs.

The House Budget Committee was previously expected to take up its FY 2018 budget resolution in early May 15, but recent reports are that they will wait until after the Memorial Day break, with the Senate Budget Committee waiting until June.

President Trump is expected to release his full FY 2018 budget at the end of May; this budget is expected to include proposals for revenues and for mandatory spending areas such as Medicaid, Medicare, and SNAP, as well as details left out of his preliminary FY 2018 budget request released in March. The preliminary request which included $54 billion cuts to nondefense programs to pay for an equal increase in Pentagon spending (see chart).

Advocates are concerned that the House GOP budget will contain massive cuts that would be devastating to human needs programs. Any additional cuts would be on top of sequestration-level funding, which is scheduled to go back into effect for FY 2018 unless a bipartisan budget deal is reached to lift the spending caps.

Republicans in Congress hope to use a special process known as reconciliation with the FY 2018 budget resolution that would allow them to pass tax reform, and possibly reforms to entitlement programs, with only a simple majority in the Senate.

Info: https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget


Select Discretionary Funding Totals for FY 2015-2018

(Dollars in Billions)
2015 2016 2018 President’s request 2018 request +/- 2016 % change
Title I, Education for the Disadvantaged
Grants to local educational agencies $14.410 14.889 15.902 1.013 7%
Comp. literacy development grants (previously striving readers) 0.160 0.190 0.000 -0.190 -100%
Innovative approaches to literacy (in FIE in 2015) 0.025 0.027
Migrant 0.375 0.375
Neglected and delinquent 0.048 0.048
Special programs for migrant students 0.037 0.045
Total, Appropriation 15.537 16.023
Impact Aid 1.289 1.306 1.239 -0.067 -5%
Supporting effective instruction state grants 2.350 2.347 0.000 -2.347 -100%
Mathematics and science partnerships (eliminated by ESSA) 0.153 0.153
21st century community learning centers 1.152 1.167 0.000 -1.167 -100%
State assessments 0.378 0.378
Education for homeless children and youths 0.065 0.070
Native Hawaiian education 0.032 0.033
Alaska Native education 0.031 0.032
Training and advisory services 0.007 0.007
Rural education 0.170 0.176
Supplemental education grants (Compact of Free Association Act) 0.017 0.017
Comprehensive centers 0.048 0.051
Total,   4.403 4.434
DoEd Discretionary Appropriation 67.136 68.264 59.000 -9.264 -14%
Head Start 8.098 8.533
Early Head Start 0.500 0.635
Child Care and Development Block Grant 1.435 2.761
Library Services Technology Act 0.181 0.183 0.000 -0.183 -100%
Museum Services Act 0.029 0.030 0.000 -0.030 -100%

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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