May. 1st, 2017

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The spending deal reached by Congress yesterday will fund the government through the end of the 2017 federal fiscal year in September.

News links:
What’s in the spending agreement? We read it so you don’t have to. (WaPo)
The more exhaustive list, alphabetized.
Seven things to know about the government funding deal (The Hill)
The high profile highlights.

The full text of the bill is here. (PDF)

Takeaways:
No wall, but $1.5 billion for other border security
Planned Parenthood intact
NIH funding went up by $2 billion
Defense goes up by $15 billion
Coal Miners healthcare extended permanently but doesn't address their pension fund
$68 million to reimburse New York City and Florida for Trump's protection details while in his other residences
IRS funding at last year's levels
HHS gets $800 million (4x increase) for opioid crisis
EPA funding only decreases 1 percent, but limits some of their regulatory power
Increases for USGS ($23 million), Fish & Wildlife ($11 million), and NASA ($368 million)
NSF and other science agencies at same/similar levels to last year
Food Stamp funding went down by $2.4 billion
Medicaid funding aid for Puerto Rico at $295 million

Follow up actions:
This is an opportunity to thank your congress people for specific provisions in the budget and to keep hammering on the importance of your issues.

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