NAICU Washington Update

President Signs Budget Deal Raising Spending Caps and the Debt Ceiling

August 04, 2019

Before leaving time for the traditional August recess, Congress approved, and the president signed, the massive budget deal that raises spending caps and the debt ceiling for two years. 

The deal paves the way for Congress to pass annual spending bills when it returns in September.  Members have also agreed to limit riders on this fall’s spending bills, including political poison pills that could lead to more government shut downs or bitter partisan debates.

The Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies bill, which includes funding for the Department of Education, including the federal student aid programs, is expected to be combined with defense and energy funding and be the first bill considered in the fall.

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