As the House of Representatives returns from August recess, both chambers will continue to work on appropriations bills, however, it is unlikely that all will be enacted prior to the end of the fiscal year.
With the start of the 2019 Fiscal Year (FY) only a month away, Congress has been actively working on appropriations bills. The House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have been working to pass agency appropriations bills in small groups, each called a “minibus,” after President Trump expressed displeasure in March at signing an omnibus appropriations bill, consisting of all 12 delayed FY18 bills, and stated that he would never do that again. The Senate remained in session over the August recess and passed legislation funding the Departments of Defense, Labor, Education, Health and Human Services (not FDA), and the Social Security Administration. To date, the House has passed six of the 12 appropriations bills, and the Senate has passed nine. However, of those appropriations bills that have passed both the House and the Senate, significant disagreements remain and need to be resolved before they can be sent to the President for enactment. And, some agencies have yet to have their respective bills be considered by both or by any chamber. Continue reading “Update on Pay and Government Funding for Fiscal Year 2019”