Advocacy Update ~ October 22, 2018

This blog post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Manager, Policy and Advocacy, and Victoria Rodriguez, Advocacy Associate at Global Health Council.

Appropriations Update

Congress is in recess until after the midterm elections in November. During the lame duck session, Congress will continue work on the remaining Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 appropriations bills, including State and Foreign Operations, currently being funded under a Continuing Resolution (CR) which expires on December 7. The way forward on the remaining bills is unclear and could be difficult, as President Trump and some Republicans intend to fight for full funding of the border wall.

Looking ahead to FY 2020

On the heels of the news last week that the federal deficit rose 17% in FY 2018, President Trump instructed all federal agencies to reduce their FY 2020 budgets by 5%. As the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and federal agencies have already begun negotiations for the upcoming budget, it is unclear what impact this directive will have, but USAID and the State Department could see another deep cut. The President’s FY 2020 Budget will be released early next year.