FY18 Appropriations Update [House Passes An Omnibus]
September 18, 2017
TO: Coalition for Clinical and Translational Science
FR: Dale Dirks and Dane Christiansen
RE: FY 2018 Appropriations Update
On Thursday, September 14th, the House passed an omnibus appropriations package, which included all twelve annual appropriations bills for fiscal year (FY) 2018. The package totals nearly $1.2 trillion, but includes deep cuts to many federal agencies as well as controversial policy riders. The action in the House is intended to set up a conference with the Senate to negotiate and advance a final funding package for FY 2018 before the stop-gap measure funding the government expires in mid-December.
The Senate has lagged behind the House on appropriations and still must take up a handful of outstanding spending bills. Most notably, the Senate has not put forward an FY 2018 Defense Appropriations bill due in part to a significant shortfall in the Defense Subcommittee’s allocation compared to the House bill and the budget proposal. Currently, the Senate is waiting for an overarching budget deal to be struck before proceeding on the defense spending bill.
At this time, we are expecting meaningful activity on appropriations in October. We will continue to keep you informed as the process moves forward.