Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations Signed Into Law

President Trump has signed into law a $1.1trillion appropriations package  to fund the Federal Government for the remainder of fiscal year 2017 (FY), which ends September 30th.  Included in the bill is $500 million for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program, which had been previously cited for elimination. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has an increase of $1.52 billion over FY 2016 to an overall level of $51 billion. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will receive $11.6 billion, representing an increase of $91 million over FY 2016.Water and energy programs,  which include the Department of Energy and the Army Corps of Engineers, will receive $37.8 billion in funding, a $586 million increase over FY 2016.

Work now officially starts on the FY 2018 budget process, which begins October 1,   and may prove to be challenging with the House scheduled for 50 in-session work days between now and the end of the FY 2017.