Feb 28, 2018

Congress Passes Two Year Spending Deal

The House and Senate passed a two-year funding bill on February 9, 2018, following about an 8 hour shutdown. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 sets funding levels for all federal agencies and increases spending by $300 billion, while fulfilling various policy goals from both sides of the aisle. NAGE is pleased that there are no cuts to federal pay and benefits included in the budget deal.

The passage of this bill pushes the appropriations deadline back six weeks, giving lawmakers time to write an omnibus bill that sets line-by-line funding levels. The funding plan must be completed by March 23, 2018 at midnight or else another government shutdown will occur.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 provides:
  • Extends funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program for 10 years.
  • $4 billion to the Department of Veterans Affairs to renovate, rebuild, and improve hospitals and clinics.
  • $89 billion in additional funding for areas affected by natural disasters, such as Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • $20 billion for infrastructure, including highways, clean drinking water, and rural broadband.
  • $4 billion for college affordability programs for police officers, firefighters, and teachers.
  • $6 billion for opioid and mental health treatment.
  • $5.8 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant program which provides funding for child care subsidies for low-income families.
  • $2 billion for research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
NAGE will update this story, once Congress agrees on funding levels.

We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few; but we can't have both. - Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
NAGE HEADQUARTERS 159 Burgin Parkway
Quincy, MA 02169
Main Phone: (617)376-0220
Main Fax: (617)984-5695
Union Local Tax Issues Federal law now requires that every local union file an annual information return—Form 990, 990-EZ, or 990-N—with the IRS. If your local fails to file under this new requirement.. Read more