President Trump Signs FY 2020 Spending Package

On December 20, President Trump signed into law H.R. 1865, the Domestic Spending Package and H.R. 1158, National Security Funds. The measures provide funding to the federal government for fiscal year (FY) 2020 and prevents a government shutdown.

Below are highlights from the spending packages that are important for public works:

Transportation
  • Overall $86.2 billion for U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT); 
  • $1 billion for the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grants; 
  • $5 million to establish a Highly Automated Systems Safety Center of Excellence to create at U.S. DOT the expertise to guide future regulatory and rulemaking action on emerging technologies. 
Environment
  • Increased funding of $9.06 billion to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in FY2020;
  • $1.639 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF;
  • $1.126 billion for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF);
  • $60 million for Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA);
  • $28 million for the new Clean Water Act Section 221 Sewer Overflow Control Grants program, authorized in Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 2018;
  • $1 million for the new Water Workforce Infrastructure and Utility Development Grants, also authorized in WRDA 2018.
Homeland Security and Emergency Management 
  • $67.8 billion in net discretionary funds for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which would include $17.4 billion towards disaster relief and $22.3 billion, including $3.19 billion for grants and training, for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); 
  • $2.0 billion in funding to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA); 
  • Via the Department of Interior, $5.55 billion in funding will be allocated for wildfire management and suppression activities.
Workforce Development
  • $12.4 billion in funding for the Department of Labor;
  • $9.3 billion for the Employment Training Administration;
  • $2.8 billion for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Grants;
  • $175 million for Registered Apprenticeships;
  • $40 million for Strengthening Community College Training Grants, a new program aimed at improving job-training programs at community colleges;
  • $72.8 billion in funding for the Department of Education;
  • $1.3 billion for Career and Technical Education State Grants;
  • $10 million for Career Pathways, a new initiative focused on establishing multiple pathways to postsecondary/career success.
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