Capitol Correspondence - 06.03.19

House to Start Debating Federal Budget June 12

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ANCOR is sharing this article by Politico Pro because it is important for our members to stay informed of the state of the federal budget. The majority of disability supports are funded by Medicaid, which is a state-federal partnership in which the federal government matches rates set by state legislatures.

As written by Politico Pro:

“The House plans to start debating fiscal 2020 spending bills on the floor June 12, Democratic leaders announced this afternoon.

The chamber plans to hold votes late into the evening when appropriations bills are being debated, marking an intense start to a month of appropriations work.

Congressional leaders have yet to strike an agreement with the White House on a deal to set budget caps for fiscal 2020. So the House is working with tentative totals that will either change once a bipartisan deal is struck or be scrapped altogether if lawmakers fail to reach a broader agreement. In that case, they would have to resort to a stopgap spending bill to extend funding at current levels beyond the Sept. 30 end of fiscal 2019.

In the absence of a cross-party accord, Senate leaders have decided to hold off on appropriations work so far. But the Senate Appropriations Committee tentatively plans to start marking up bills in June.”