FY2018 Omnibus Spending Package Favorable to Regional Development Organizations

Posted on: March 23rd, 2018 by NADO Admin

On March 22, the House and Senate passed an omnibus spending bill for fiscal year (FY) 2018. The bill, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, funds federal programs through the remainder of the fiscal year (until September 30, 2018). House members approved the bill by a vote of 256-167; the Senate passed the measure on a 65-32 vote. President Trump signed the bill into law on March 23. It is important to note that a portion of funding to be formally appropriated has already been spent since federal programs have been operating under a series of CRs since the beginning of the current fiscal year on October 1, 2017. There are six months remaining in FY2018, so programmatic increases over FY2017 levels will apply to remainder of the current fiscal year.

The package totals $1.2 trillion in discretionary spending and would boost funding for the military and domestic discretionary programs by more than $100 billion over last year’s levels. The path was cleared for these funding increases by passage of a budget deal in February which raised spending limits imposed under the 2011 Budget Control Act.

FY2018 Funding for Key NADO Federal Agencies and Programs

U.S. Economic Development Administration

$301.5 million for EDA, $25.5 million above the FY2017 level

  • $33 million for Partnership Planning, $1.5 million above the FY2017 level
  • $117.5 million for Public Works, $17.5 million above the FY2017 level
  • $37 million for Economic Adjustment Assistance, $2 million above the FY2017 level
  • $13 million for Technical Assistance, $4 million above the FY2017 level
  • $1.5 million for Research and Evaluation, level funding from last year
  • $13 million for Trade Adjustment Assistance, level funding from last year
  • $21 million for Regional Innovation Program, $4 million above the FY2017 level
  • $30 million for Assistance to Coal Mining Communities, level funding from last year
  • $39 million for Salaries and Expenses, level funding from last year

U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development

$3 billion for Rural Development Program, $63 million above the FY2017 level

  • $919 million for Business and Industry loans, level funding from last year
  • $3 billion for rural water and waste program loans, $1.8 billion above the FY2017 level
  • $1 billion for rural water and waste program grants, $50 million above the FY2017 level
  • $685 million for expansion of broadband service, $625 million above the FY2017 level
    • Includes $52 million for Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants

Federal-State Regional Commissions

$155 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission, $3 million above the FY2017 level

  • $10 million for high-speed broadband deployment in distressed counties in the Central Appalachian region most negatively impacted by the downturn in the coal economy, level funding from last year
  • $16 million for a program of industrial site and workforce development in Southern and South Central Appalachia focused primarily on the automotive supply sector and the aviation sector (up to $13.5 million is specified for activities in Southern Appalachia), level funding from last year
  • $6 million for a program of basic infrastructure improvements in distressed counties in Central Appalachia, level funding from last year
  • $50 million for the POWER initiative, a multi-agency effort designed to assist communities and workers impacted by changes in the coal power industry, level funding from last year

$25 million for the Delta Regional Authority, level funding from last year

$30 million for the Denali Commission, $15 million above the FY2017 level

  • $15 million for one-time assistance for adaptation responses for the most urgent needs of rural Alaska villages facing erosion, flooding, and permafrost degradation threats

$15 million for the Northern Border Regional Commission, $5 million above the FY2017 level

  • $3 million for initiatives that seek to address the decline in forest-based economies throughout the region

$250,000 for the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission, level funding from last year

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Community Planning and Development

$3.3 billion for Community Development Block Grant formula grants, $300 million above the FY2017 level

$1.362 billion for HOME, $412 million above the FY2017 level

$150 million for Choice Neighborhoods, $12.5 million above the FY2017 level

U.S. Department of Transportation

The omnibus bill appropriates an additional $4.4 billion from the general fund to transportation programs, supplemental funding that address the desire of Congress to spend an additional $10 billion in FY2018 on infrastructure

  • $1 billion for the Airport Improvement Program (discretionary grants with an emphasis on non-primary and non-hub airports)
  • $2.5 billion for federal-aid highways ($225 million for a new competitive bridge program in states with a population density of less than 100 persons per square mile)
  • $834 million for mass transit formula grants

$1.5 billion for TIGER grants, $1 billion above the FY2017 level

$2.5 billion for transit Capital Investment Grants, $1 billion above the FY2017 level

U.S. Department of Labor-Employment and Training Administration

$845 million for Adult Employment and Training Program, $30 million above the FY2017 level
$903 million for Youth Employment and Training, $30 million above the FY2017 level
$1.62 billion for Dislocated Worker Employment and Training, $20 million above the FY2017 level
$145 million for Apprenticeship Grants, $50 million above the FY2017 level
$1.72 billion for Job Corps, $14 million above the FY2017 level
$400 million for Senior Community Service Employment, level funding from last year

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

$2.171 billion for Administration for Community Living, $178 million above the FY2017 level

Other Provisions Included in the FY2018 Omnibus

  • Extension of Federal Aviation Administration programs through September 30, 2018
  • Text of the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act of 2018, legislation to reauthorize the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s brownfields program through FY2023
    • Enables up to 5% of grant to be used for administrative cost
    • Provides $1,500,000 for small communities’ technical assistance

Additional Resources

Full Bill Text

Link to House Appropriations Committee Summary (https://appropriations NULL.house NULL.gov/news/documentsingle NULL.aspx?DocumentID=395158)

Link to Senate Appropriations Committee Summary (https://www NULL.appropriations NULL.senate NULL.gov/news/majority/fy2018-omnibus-appropriations-bill-released)

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