The Funding Games

Fortunately, the recent government shutdown was short-lived and had a minimal impact on federal workers. However, funding battles still continue and early signs are pointing to another government shutdown may take place following the February 8th expiration of the latest continuing resolution (or stopgap funding bill). As was explained in last week’s blog, the federal government has been operating under a series of continuing resolutions since fiscal year 2018 began on October 1st.
The latest agreement reached, which re-opened the government, goes through February 8th and included a reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years.  However, a deal on border security and addressing issues pertaining to Dreamers impacted by the impending end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, appear to be a longshot.  This means we can anticipate another federal government shutdown or yet another continuing resolution.  DACA is set to expire on March 5, 2018.
While Congress is negotiating details for FY18 funding, the President and Administration are working on priorities for FY19. President Trump’s FY19 budget proposal is likely to be released by February 12th at the earliest.  The President’s budget proposal will ultimately be tweaked in the final budget passed by Congress (assuming they pass a budget), however it does give great insight into the priorities of the administration.
Many local Goodwill organizations and individuals who receive Goodwill services depend on some federal funding, most of which trickles down through the states to help provide critical job-training and employment programs. You can weigh in and share your story and talk about the impact of federal funding via our Legislative Action Center.  As Congress continues to debate spending levels and which programs to fund for this fiscal year and the next and leaders of both parties and chambers conduct their political gamesmanship, may the odds be forever in our favor.