Congress Approves FY2017 Omnibus Spending Package

Posted on: May 5th, 2017 by NADO Admin

On May 1, congressional appropriators released an omnibus spending bill for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2017. The bill, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, funds federal programs through September 30, 2017. The House approved the package on May 3 by a vote of 309 to 118; the Senate passed it the next day by a vote of 79 to 18. It is important to note that most funding to be formally appropriated has already spent since federal programs have been operating under a continuing resolution (CR) since the beginning of the current fiscal year on October 1, 2016. There are five months remaining in FY2017, so programmatic increases over FY2016 levels will apply to remainder of the current fiscal year.

FY2017 Funding for Key NADO Federal Agencies and Programs

Economic Development Administration

$237 million for Economic Development Assistance Programs, $15 million above the FY2016 level

  • $100 million for Public Works, level funding from last year
  • $31.5 million for Planning, $500,000 below the FY2016 enacted level
  • $35 million for Economic Adjustment Assistance, level funding from last year
  • $30 million for Assistance to Coal Communities, $15 million above the FY2016 enacted level

In addition, the bill includes language instructing EDA to provide to Congress with a report on the potential to reduce the reporting burden on Revolving Loan Fund grantees, including whether any regulatory or legislative changes may be required. This report is due no later than 120 days after enactment of the omnibus bill.

USDA-Rural Development

$2.94 billion for Rural Development Program, $166 million above the FY2016 enacted level

  • $920 million for Business and Industry loans, level funding from last year
  • $1.25 billion for rural water and waste program loans, level funding from last year
  • $527 million for rural water and waste program grants, $49 million above the FY2016 enacted level

Federal-State Regional Commissions

$152 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission, $6 million above the FY2016 enacted 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 (new funding)
  • $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

$15 million for the Denali Commission, $4 million above the FY2016 level

$10 million for the Northern Border Regional Commission, $2.5 million above the FY2016 level

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

HUD-Community Planning and Development

$3 billion for Community Development Block Grant formula grants, level funding from last year

$950 million for HOME, level funding from last year

DOT-FHWA-FTA

$500 million for TIGER grants, level funding from last year

$44 billion for federal-aid highway programs, consistent with the FAST Act authorized level and $905 million above the FY2016 level

$12.4 billion for Federal Transit Administration, $657 million above the FY2016 level

DOL-Employment and Training Administration

$9.97 billion for ETA, $90 million below the FY2016 level

  • $2.7 billion WIOA Adult, Youth, and Dislocated Worker Training Programs, level funding from last year
  • $1.7 billion for Job Corps, $15 million above the FY2016 level

HHS-Administration for Community Living

$1.9 billion for aging programs

Additional Resources

Full Bill Text

Link to House Appropriations Committee Summary (http://appropriations NULL.house NULL.gov/news/documentsingle NULL.aspx?DocumentID=394859)

Link to Senate Appropriations Committee Summary (https://www NULL.appropriations NULL.senate NULL.gov/news/majority/cochran-presses-for-passage-of-fy2017-omnibus-appropriations)

 

 

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