Federal Update: Strong Outcomes for FY19

September 18, 2018

The Senate today overwhelmingly passed a two-bill spending package for FY19 comprised of the two largest annual funding bills – Labor-HHS-Education and Defense – which together make up about 63 percent of annual discretionary spending. It is a particularly important package for research universities since it provides strong increases for NIH (+5.4%), DARPA (+11.7%) and defense basic research (+11.8%), as well as a $100 increase to the maximum Pell Grant. Notably, FY19 will be the fourth straight year that NIH will receive a boost of at least $2 billion, bringing total funding to $9 billion more than NIH’s FY15 level.The House is expected to take up the measure, which also includes a stopgap funding bill through December 7 for all other agencies that don’t yet have full-year funding, when it returns to session next week. Once approved, Congress will have completed work on five of the 12 annual appropriations measures prior to the start of the new fiscal year, which begins on October 1 – a rarity in Washington. Last week, the House and Senate passed a three-bill “minibus” that provides funding for the Department of Energy and noteworthy increases for DOE’s Office of Science (+5.2%) and ARPA-E (+3.6%).

Congressional action on these two multi-bill packages makes good on a commitment by House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and appropriations leaders to clear as many appropriations bills as possible by the end of the month. This was made possible thanks to an agreement by appropriators to largely steer clear of politically charged policy riders and congressional leaders employing a strategy of bundling individual bills together into small “minibuses” for final consideration.

A full September legislative calendar will push votes on the remaining seven appropriations bills – which include funding for NSF, NASA and EPA – until after the midterms. Beyond the appropriations work already done, Congress also needs to take action this month on a farm bill and the FAA reauthorization, and Senate leaders want to confirm the President’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, ahead of the Court’s October session.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Suzanne Day (suzanne_day@harvard.edu) or Jon Groteboer (jon_groteboer@harvard.edu) in the DC office.

 

 

Final FY18

FY18 v. FY17

Final FY19

FY19 vs. FY18

 
 

Labor-HHS-Education

 

 

 

 

 

    NIH

37084

8.8%

39084

5.4%

 

    Pell Grants (Discretionary Funding)

22475

0.0%

22475

0.0%

 

    Pell Grants (Max Grant)

6095

3.0%

6195

1.6%

 

    Federal Perkins Loans

 

 

 

 

 

    Work Study

1130

14.2%

1130

0.0%

 

    SEOG

840

14.6%

840

0.0%

 

    TRIO

1010

6.3%

1100

8.9%

 

    GEAR UP

350

2.9%

360

2.9%

 

    Title VI

72.2

0.0%

72

0.0%

 

    GAANN

23

-17.9%

23

0.0%

 

    Institute of Education Sciences

613.5

1.4%

615

0.2%

 

    Institute of Museum and Library Services

240

3.9%

242

0.8%

 

Commerce-Justice-Science

 

 

 

 

 

    NSF -Total

7767.4

4.0%

 

 

 

       NSF- Research and Related

6334.5

5.0%

 

 

 

       NSF - Major Research Equipment

182.8

-12.5%

 

 

 

       NSF - Ed & HR

902

2.5%

 

 

 

    NASA -Total

20736.1

5.5%

 

 

 

       NASA - Science

6221.5

7.9%

 

 

 

       NASA - Aeronautics

685

3.8%

 

 

 

       NASA - Education

100

0.0%

 

 

 

Defense

 

 

 

 

 

    6.1 Basic Research

2343.2

2.9%

2619.6

11.8%

 

    6.2 Applied Research

5681.8

7.3%

6068.2

6.8%

 

    DARPA

3071.6

6.3%

3432

11.7%

 

Energy and Water

 

 

 

 

 

    Office of Science - Total

6259.9

16.1%

6585

5.2%

 

       High Energy Physics

908

10.1%

980

7.9%

 

       Nuclear Physics

684

10.0%

690

0.9%

 

       Basic Energy Sciences

2090

11.7%

2166

3.6%

 

       Biological and Envir. Research

673

10.0%

705

4.8%

 

    ARPA-E

353.3

15.5%

366

3.6%

 

Interior-Environment

 

 

 

 

 

    NEA

152.8

2.0%

 

 

 

    NEH

152.8

2.0%

 

 

 

    EPA S&T

706.5

-1.0%