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December 20th, 2019

Congress Averts Shutdown, Approves Final FY20 Appropriations Bills

Last night, Congress finalized approval of a $1.4 trillion spending package, averting a shutdown and funding federal government agencies and programs through the end of FY20, September 30, 2020. The House passed both bills on Tuesday, December 17, and the Senate advanced the bills yesterday – both by wide bipartisan margins.

The White House has indicated that the President will sign the bills before the midnight deadline tonight when the current CR expires.

The bills were divided into two “minibuses”: a $738 billion defense/national security spending bill, which includes 4 of the 12 individual appropriations bills (Defense, Commerce-Justice-Science, Financial Services & General Government, and Homeland Security); and a $632 billion measure to fund non-defense domestic programs, which includes the remaining 8 appropriations bills (Labor-Health & Human Services-Education, Agriculture, Energy & Water, Interior-Environment, Legislative Branch, Military Construction-VA, State-Foreign Operations, and Transportation-HUD).

Of great importance to Indian Country, final funding levels for FY20 once again fully reject President Trump’s proposed budget cuts for tribal government programs. The domestic spending package includes 4% increases for BIA/BIE and IHS programs and services. Critical tribal programs were also funded at DOJ, EPA, HUD, Treasury and other agencies.

The House and Senate have adjourned for the holidays. The House returns for the second session of the 116th Congress on January 7, 2020, and the Senate is set to return to session on January 3 with potential votes scheduled for Monday, January 6.

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