NAFSMA Alert: Spending Bill Enacted Through Sept 30 - NFIP Authorized Through July 31, 2018

Spending Bill Enacted Through Sept 30 - NFIP Authorized Through July 31, 2018

The House by a vote of 256 to 167 yesterday, and the Senate by a vote of 65-32 early this morning, approved a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the federal government through the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends on September 30.  The bill was sent to the Oval Office and now awaits signature by President Trump.  Without enactment of the omnibus bill by midnight tonight, the federal government would shut down.

The House Appropriations Committee press statement on the omnibus spending bill that was released on Wednesday, March 21, as well as individual agency funding summaries and one-pagers, are available at https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=395158.

Although the President surprised lawmakers by tweeting this morning that he was considering vetoing the legislation (due to lack of provisions to address DACA or provide funds for the border wall), President Trump will sign the omnibus spending bill this afternoon noting that his highest duty was to keep America safe and as a matter of national security he would sign the bill to take care of the military. 

NFIP Authorized Through July 2018

The Omnibus spending bill continues the current authorization for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through July 31, 2018. 

Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Funds Increased in Omnibus Bill

Included in the congressionally-approved funding bill is an additional $600 million over FY 2017 levels to be split equally between the Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Revolving Funds.  The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) received $63 million in the bill. 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Would Receive Increased Funding

If signed into law by President Trump, the Corps would receive a total of $6.8 billion for FY 2018, an increase of $789 million over its FY2017 funding.