FY19 Appropriations Bill Update
February 14, 2019
Hunter Moorhead, Legislative Consultant
The Homeland Security Conference Report (including all the other appropriations bills outstanding for FY 2019) passed the Senate 83-16, and passed the House 300-128 (with 4 not voting) late this evening.
President Trump has signaled that he will sign the bill before the February 15 deadline which will prevent another government shutdown.
NASCOE’s Legislative Team will continue to track the President’s action on the bill and will provide additional updates.
The optimism at the end of last week about a deal on border security spending facilitating a compromise allowing completion of the FY 2019 appropriations process ran into a speedbump on Sunday.
After reportedly resolving the perceived lynchpin issue of border security funding – rumored to be $2 billion, a new issue of contention arose over the weekend. Reportedly, Democratic conferees on the Department of Homeland appropriations conference are insisting on a cap of 16,500 detention beds in the US.
Cynics paint this new matter as Democrats moving the goal post on the conference negotiations, others characterize it as House conferees reflecting the views of the new House Democratic majority, and still others describe it as a natural extension of Democrats’ concerns over the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, etc.
Senators Shelby and Leahy and Chairman Lowey and Ranking Member Granger are scheduled to meet at 3 pm today (2/11) to discuss the status of the conference negotiations and determine the path forward.
Reportedly, an additional weeklong CR is being prepared in case additional time is needed to conclude negotiations/passage of a final deal. None of the stakeholders want another shutdown.
Murmurings of a year-long CR for Homeland Security are also popping up around the Hill, but hopes are that the current negotiations will resolve this new matter and permit completion of the FY 2019 appropriations process.
NASCOE’s Legislative Team will continue to provide updates as this situation develops.
Attached are two documents:
- “NASCOE Positions on FSA Employees’ ‘Excepted on Call” Status”
- NASCOE Guide for Contacting your Congressional Representatives
Since most FSA employees are out of the office today (Wednesday), we should use this opportunity to get busy making these congressional phone calls.
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Neil Burnette & Donny Green
NASCOE Legislative Committee Co-Chairpersons