NDD United Working to Raise FY18 Budget Spending Caps
Congress remains at an impasse over how to fund the federal government for FY18 Budget. This impasse creates the possibility of a government shutdown when the current stopgap funding measure, known as a continuing resolution (CR) expires at midnight on Friday, December 22nd.
Congress has failed to enact any of the 12 federal spending bills for FY18. These funding bills include those that fund affordable housing and community development. Lawmakers have little time to pass a new CR before the holiday recess.
A CR carries forward funding levels from the previous year. The questions at hand are:
How long any new CR will last?
And what impact it will have on Congress’s ability to enact final FY18 spending bills?
Enterprise Community Partners reports that House and Senate leadership are working to negotiate a budget deal that would raise the non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending cap. Raising the cap would increase funding available for housing and community development programs.
The NDD cap for fiscal year FY18 budget is set at $516 billion, nearly $3 billion below the cap for FY17. Congress needs to raise the NDD cap to adequately fund vital housing and community development programs like HOME Investments Partnerships, Project-Based Rental Assistance and the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.
Republican leaders have floated a $54 billion boost in defense next year and a $37 billion increase in non-defense spending. Democrats have thus far demanded equivalent increases for both.
According to the Washington Post:
“Mattis and Mulvaney are seen on Capitol Hill as pivotal figures in a clash within the Trump administration over whether to cut a deal with Democrats to raise domestic spending to secure an increase in the military budget. Mattis has pushed internally to work with Democrats to secure a bigger military budget, while Mulvaney has argued for pursuing a harder line. Miller, meanwhile, is considered the strongest advocate in the White House for tougher immigration policies and argued Thursday for new strictures as part of any dreamer deal, according to a congressional aide briefed on the meeting.
The stopgap bill Congress passed Thursday does not change existing spending levels, and defense hawks have resisted calls to pass temporary bills into the new year, arguing that the military needs a boost.
But conservatives see it differently: They want to provoke a confrontation with Democrats and break a cycle of bipartisan deals that has led both military and non-defense discretionary spending to rise in lockstep. They are also wary of a year-end spending bill becoming a legislative “Christmas tree” that could include relief for dreamers and other Democratic priorities.”
NDD United is an alliance of hundreds of national, state, and local organizations working to protect investments in core government functions that benefit all Americans. The programs–known in the nation’s capital as nondefense discretionary or “NDD” programs-include:
medical and scientific research;
education and job training; infrastructure;
public safety and law enforcement;
weather monitoring and environmental protection;
natural and cultural resources;
housing and social services; and
Each day these programs support economic growth and strengthen the safety and security of every American in every state and community across the nation.