Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Spending Package Overview

Posted on: December 17th, 2015 by NADO Admin

On December 15, Congressional appropriators released their $1.5 trillion fiscal year (FY) 2016 omnibus spending package.  The package funds federal programs through September 30, 2016 and adheres to the parameters of the bipartisan budget deal passed by Congress this fall that raised previously imposed discretionary spending caps.  House and Senate appropriators have been negotiating a FY2016 spending package for several weeks, working to resolve differences over a wide range of policy issues.  The House and Senate both passed the omnibus spending bill on December 18.

FY2016 Funding for Key NADO Federal Agencies and Programs

Economic Development Administration

$261 million for EDA (up 4.4% from last year)

  • $100 million for Public Works, an increase of $1 million (up 1% from last year)
  • $32 million for Planning, an increase of $2 million (up 6.6% from last year)
  • $35 million for Economic Adjustment Assistance (level funding from last year)
  • $15 million for Assistance to Coal Communities, an increase of $5 million (up 50% from last year)

USDA-Rural Development

  • $2.8 billion for Rural Development Programs (up 1.6% from last year)
  • $3 million in grants to the Delta Regional Authority (level funding from last year)

Federal-State Regional Commissions

$146 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission, an increase of $56 million from last year

  • $10 million for high-speed broadband deployment in distressed counties within the Central Appalachian region most negatively impacted by the downturn in the coal industry (level funding from last year)
  • $16 million for workforce development in Southern Appalachia focused on the automotive supplier sector and the aviation sector in South Central Appalachia ($13.5 million is specified for work in Southern Appalachia; this is a modification of a program included in last year’s omnibus and funded at $10 million)
  • $50 million for the POWER Plus Plan, a multi-agency initiative designed to assist communities and workers impacted by changes in the coal power industry (new funding)

$25 million for the Delta Regional Authority, an increase of $13 million from last year

  • $10 million for flood control, basic infrastructure development, and transportation improvements

$11 million for the Denali Commission, an increase of $1 million from last year

$7.5 million for the Northern Border Regional Commission, an increase of $2.5 million from last year

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

HUD-Community Planning and Development

$3 billion for CDBG formula grants (level funding from last year)

$900 million for the State Non-Entitlement CDBG Program (level funding from last year)

$950 million for the HOME Investments Partnership Program (up 0.5% from last year)

No funding is included for any new, unauthorized “sustainable,” “livable,” or “green” community development programs

DOT-FHWA-FTA

$500 million for TIGER grants (level funding from last year)

$42.4 billion for Federal Highway Administration (up 3.4% from last year)

$11.8 billion for Federal Transit Administration (up 37% from last year)

DOL-Employment and Training Administration

$2.7 billion for WIOA Adult, Youth, and Dislocated Worker Training Programs (down 1.2% from last year)

$1.69 billion for Job Corps (down 0.5% from last year)

$433.3 million for the Community Service Employment for Older Americans Programs (down 0.2% from last year)

WIOA Governor Set Aside: 15%

HHS-Administration for Community Living

$9.96 million for Aging Network Support Activities (level funding from last year)

$22.8 million for the Independent Living State Grants Program

$78.3 million for the Centers for Independent Living Program

Additional Resources

 NADO will continue to provide updates as the House and Senate consider the omnibus package.

Full Bill Text

House Appropriations Committee Summary (http://appropriations NULL.house NULL.gov/news/documentsingle NULL.aspx?DocumentID=394337)

Senate Appropriations Committee Summary (http://www NULL.appropriations NULL.senate NULL.gov/news/majority/cochran-encourages-approval-of-fy16-omnibus-appropriations-bill)

 

 

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