Late on Monday, Congressional appropriators released details of a bipartisan deal to fund the federal government through September 30, 2020, the end of the current fiscal year. This afternoon, the House voted to pass H.R. 1865, one of two FY 2020 federal spending minibus bills, by a vote of 297-120. The bill is now on its way to the Senate, where it is expected to pass. The White House has indicated the President supports and will sign the two FY 2020 minibus spending bills into law.
The government is currently funded through a short-term Continuing Resolution, which is set to expire Friday night. Congress and the President have until then to pass and sign this new appropriations package, ending any risk of another federal government shutdown this fiscal year. This $1.37 trillion deal provides $49 billion in funding increases across all 12 federal spending bills. The Labor-HHS-Education bill will provide a total of $72.8 billion for the U.S. Department of Education (ED), a $1.3 billion increase over FY2019 funding.
All nine of CCSSO’s FY 2020 funding priorities received increased or level funding in this legislation:
- $16.31 billion for Title I (increase of $450 million over 2019)
- $12.76 billion for IDEA Part B grants to states ($400 million increase)
- $2.13 billion for Title II ($76 million increase)
- $1.21 billion for Title IV-A ($40 million increase)
- $1.25 billion for 21st Century Community Learning Centers ($28 million increase)
- $1.28 billion for Career and Technical Education ($20 million increase)
- $787 million for Title III, English Language Acquisition ($50 million increase)
- $33 million for Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems ($700,000 increase)
- State assessment grants are level-funded at $378 million.
The Impact Aid program also saw a $40 million increase to $1.49 billion. Outside of ED funding, this spending deal also includes:
- Increases in the HHS budget of $550 million each for Head Start ($10.6 billion total) and the Child Care and Development Block Grant ($5.8 billion)
- $7.6 billion for the 2020 Census
- Increased funding for rural broadband access
For more on this federal funding agreement, see The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Politico. CCSSO will provide additional updates once Congress passes and the President signs it into law. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Peter Zamora (Peter.Zamora@ccsso.org), CCSSO’s Director of Federal Relations.