President oks federal spending through December

President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with business leaders, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. -- AP Photo Carolyn Kaster

ICT editorial team

Interior and related agencies funded through December 7, 2018

The federal government’s budget will not be issue heading into the November elections. Congress enacted, and President Donald J. Trump, signed into law a temporary spending bill that funds the government through December 7, 2018.

According to a memo from the law firm of Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, House Resolution 6157, the budget funds federal agencies at largely the same amounts as last year.

The temporary spending bill, called a Continuing Resolution, is designed to give Congress leeway to continue negotiating the remaining fiscal year spending bills even after the beginning of the new fiscal year.

The federal fiscal year begins today.

“We had hoped that the FY 2019 appropriations package which would have funded Interior, Environment and Related Agencies; Agriculture; Transportation and Housing; and Financial Services would have also been finalized and enacted for the full year. While negotiations took place over the course of several weeks, a number of issues were not able to be resolved before the beginning of the new fiscal year, October 1, 2018,” the Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker memo said.

The agencies for which appropriations have already been enacted (in addition to Defense and Labor-Health and Human Services-Education), are Energy-Water; Military Construction-Veterans Administration; and Legislative Branch (PL 115-244).

In addition to the temporary spending bill, the resolution

  • Extends authorizations to December 7, 2018, for the Violence Against Women Act or VAWA as well as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program both of which are set to expire October 1, 2018;

Indian Health Service staffing and operations funding for facilities that were opened, renovated or expanded in FY 2018. The full budget for Indian Health Service still must be enacted before December.

The spending package totals $855 billion. It is also includes the defense appropriation bill, increasing funding for the Pentagon. It also includes the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education funding.

The president signed the bill despite tweeting last week that Republicans should get tougher on budget negotiations. The funding does not include extra money for construction of a border wall, one of the president’s top priorities.

Mark Trahant and Vincent Schilling contributed to this article.

Mark Trahant is editor of Indian Country Today. He is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Follow him on Twitter -@TrahantReports

Follow Indian Country Today’s associate editor and senior correspondent, Vincent Schilling (Akwesasne Mohawk) on Twitter -@VinceSchilling


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