Federal Budget Tracker: State of Play for Cities

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Federal Investment in Our Cities

Last Updated 4/11/18

Your one stop as a local elected to stay up-to-date on the Fiscal Year 2018 federal budget appropriations process. We’ve compiled everything you need to know about the status of the important federal investments in your city.

The White House budget this year and last spring proposed steep federal cuts by more than $50 billion for domestic programs important to cities and towns. Both times these cuts have been rejected by Congress because cities stood together through our “Fight the Cuts” campaign to show the value of these programs. This spring, Congress took this rejection one step further and passed a $300 million increase compared to the Administration’s budget request. Learn more about the status of key funding for cities below.

Agriculture

The FY18 omnibus appropriations bill to fund the U.S. Department of Agriculture rejects the Trump administration’s budget request for deep cuts or elimination of programs, including for rural development programs. Additionally, package includes a sizeable new funding stream - $600M - for a rural broadband infrastructure pilot program, to be run through the USDA’s Rural Utility Service.

NLC response to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development and Related Agencies.

NLC response to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development and Related Agencies

Program FY17 White House House / Senate  FY18 Omnibus

Rural Utility Service - Water and Waste Disposal Program

$1.25B

Eliminated

$1.25B / $1.25B

$1.25B

Rural Utility Service - Broadband Program

$27M

Eliminated/ Consolidated

$27M / $30M

$30M

Rural Utility Service - Rural Broadband Pilot Program N/A N/A N/A / N/A $600M

Rural Business Cooperative Service - Rural Business Development Grant

$42.21M

Eliminated/ Consolidated

$58.2M / $64.3M

$77.3M

Rural Business Cooperative Service - Rural Cooperative Development Grants

$26.55M

Eliminated/ Consolidated

$21M / $26.55M

$45M

Rural Economic Infrastructure Grants

NA

$162M

$122.7M / $0

$0

Rural Housing Service - Rural Community Facilities Program

$2.6B

$3B

$2.6B / $3B

$2.95B

Rural Housing Service - Rural Housing Insurance Fund Program / Single Family Housing Program

$1B

Eliminated

$900M / $1B

$1B

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (mandatory funding)

$78.5B

$73.6B

$73.6B / $73.6B

$74B

Commerce

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which governs spectrum allocation and provides research and technical assistance on broadband availability, received an extra $7.5M in the FY2018 omnibus bill to allow for updates to the National Broadband Map, done jointly with the Federal Communications Commission and state broadband authorities.

Program FY17 White House House / Senate  FY18 Omnibus

National Telecom-munications and Information Administration

$32M

$30M

$30M / $32M

$39M

Economic Development Administration

$276M

Eliminated

$176M / $254M

$302M

Minority Business Development Agency

$34M

Eliminated

$34M / $34M

$39M

Manufacturing Extension Partnership

$130M

Eliminated

$100M / $130M

$140M
Environment

 

Funding levels for the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) are good news for key local programs, rejecting cuts proposed by the President. Several programs, including the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, WIFIA, Superfund and the Land and Water Conservation Fund see a bump in funding compared to FY17 levels. Additionally, $50 million in new funding is appropriated for programs to provide access to basic wastewater and drinking water services in small and disadvantaged communities and for lead testing and reduction in schools.

NLC response to House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and the Environment.

Program FY17 White House House / Senate  FY18 Omnibus

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Clean Water State Revolving Fund

$1.393B

$1.393B

$1.393B / $1.394B

$1.693B

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund

$863M

$863M

$863M / $864M

$1.163B

Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA)

 $30M

 $20M

$25M / $30M

$63M

Brownfields

$80M

 $69M

 $90M / $80M

$80M

Superfund

 $1.089B

 $762M

 $1.116B / $1.090B

$1.154B

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

$300M

Eliminated

$300M / $300M

$300M

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative

$72M

Eliminated

$72M / $73M

$73M

U.S. Department of the Interior

Land and Water Conservation Fund

$400M

$26M

$275M / $400M

$425M
Energy and Water

Under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps), programs important to cities and towns are the Weatherization Assistance Program, which aims to reduce energy costs for low-income households by improving the energy efficiency of their homes, and funding for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which supports programs such as the Better Buildings Challenge and SunShot program aimed at increasing energy savings from buildings and promoting renewable energy generation. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy sees a bump in funding, including for key programs such as the Weatherization Assistance Program and the State Energy Program.

Program FY17 White House House / Senate  FY18 Omnibus

 Weatherization
 Assistance Program

 $211.6M

 Eliminated

$211.6M / $211.6M

$251M

 Office of  Energy
 Efficiency and
 Renewable Energy

 $2.1B

 $636 million

$1.115B / $1.9B 

$2.321B

State Energy Program

$50M

 Eliminated

$50M / $50M

$55M
Homeland Security

The 2018 appropriations will extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until July 31, 2018.  This give Congress a couple extra months to finalize a long term reauthorization of the NFIP.

The 2018 appropriations agreement includes $507 million for the State Homeland Security Grant Program, which is an increase of $40 million from 2017.

The legislation would increase the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) by  $25 million to $630 million. FEMA is required to conduct risk assessments for the 100 most populous metropolitan statistical areas prior to making UASI grant awards and the funding would be limited to urban areas representing up to 85 percent of the cumulative national terrorism risk to urban areas and that resources will continue to be allocated in proportion to risk.

The agreement would also increase the Pre-Disaster Mitigation funding by $149 million to $249.2 million to support programs that prevent loss of life and lead to significant savings by mitigating risks, reducing damage from future disasters, and lowering flood insurance premiums. The increase in funding is intended to provide  an opportunity to advance capital projects ready for investment that will reduce risks.

The funding for the Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis Program would be increased $177.5 million to $262.5 to allow FEMA to accelerate improvements to efforts to make flood risk maps more accurate, including by accelerating light detection and ranging mapping efforts.

The bill also requires DHS to provide a report to Congress on the types of grant assistance, technical assistance, and formal ongoing engagement available to state and local government entities, including law enforcement agencies, for the purpose of protecting their cyber networks. DHS is also required to provide an assessment to of the overall effectiveness of this assistance and outreach in improving cybersecurity capacity and performance at non-federal levels of government. The bill allows DHS to provide technical assistance and support to state and local governments to help purchase of commercial software capable of protecting the integrity of government information and networks against intrusions.

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Program FY17 White House House / Senate  FY18 Omnibus

State and Local Homeland Security Grant Program

$467M

$349M

$467M / $471M

$507M

Urban Area Security Initiative

$605M

$448.8M

$630M / $600M

$630M

Firefighter Assistance Grants

$690M

$688.7M

$690M / $345M

$700M

Pre Disaster Mitigation Fund

$100M

$39M

$100M / $75M

$249M

Flood Hazard Mapping & Risk Analysis Program

$177.5M

Elimated

$177.5M / $177.5M

$262M

Emergency Management Performance

$350M

$279.3M

$350M / $350M

$350M

Port Security Grants

$100M

$47.8M

$100M / $50M

$100M

Disaster Relief Fund

$7.328B

$7.351B

$7.327B / $7.352B

$7.9B

National Flood Insurance Program

$182M

$253M

$203.5M / $203.5M

$203M
Housing and Urban Development

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – The legislation includes a net discretionary total of $42.7 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, an increase of $3.9 billion above the fiscal year 2017 enacted level.

NLC response to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development.

Program FY17 White House House / Senate  FY18 Omnibus

CDBG

$3B

Eliminated

$2.9B / $3B

$3.3B

HOME

$950M

Eliminated

$850M / $950M

$1.36B

Choice Neighborhoods

$138M

Eliminated

$20M / $50M

$150M

Tenant Based Rental Assistance

$20.292B

Reduces Rental Assistance Programs by $1.9B

$20.487B / $21.365B

$22.015B

Project Based Rental Assistance

$10.816B

$11.082B / $11.5B

$11.515B

Public Housing Operating Fund

$4.4B

$4.4B / $4.5B

$4.55B

Public Housing Capital Fund

$1.942B

$628M

$1.85B / $1.945B

$2.750B
Homeless Assistance Grants $2.383B $2.250B $2.383B / $2.456B $2.513B
Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard $145M $130M $130M / $160M $230M
Justice

The Omnibus provides 15 percent increase in state and local law enforcement grant programs administered by the Department of Justice.  This includes a total of $446,500,000, an increase of $299,500,000 more than fiscal year 2017, in DOJ grant funding to help State and local communities respond to the opioid crisis. In total, this Act includes $2,934,300,000 for State and local law enforcement and crime prevention programs.

The programs that received the greatest percentage of increase in funding include, COPS Hiring Grants, Second Chance Act, Drug Courts, Mentally Ill Offender Act, Veterans Treatment Courts and grants to state and local governments to improve the way they enter information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) for stopping the sale of guns to prohibited persons.

The agreement adopts Senate language directing the Department of Justice to ensure that all applicants for Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne-JAG), Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants, and SCAAP funds are in compliance with all applicable Federal laws.

Program FY17 White House House / Senate  FY18 Omnibus

Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

$319M

$239M

Consolidates JAG and COPS and raises to $500M / $404.5M

$415.5M

COPS Hiring Grants

$122M

$134M

Consolidates JAG and COPS and raises to $500M / $207.5M

$275M

Body Worn Cameras

$21M

$21M

$22.5M / $22.5M

$22M

Second Chance Act (SCA)

$59M

$43M

$68M / $70M

$89M

Violence Against Women Prevention and Prosecution

$481.5M

$480M

$528.5M / $483.5M

$492M

Drug Courts

$39M

$37M

$43M / $43M

$75M

Mentally Ill Offender Act

$9M

$9M

$12M / $12M

$30M

Veteran Treatment Courts

$5M

$5M

$7M / $7M

$20M

Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Activities

$19M

$18M

$12 M / $14M for residential treatment
$14 M / $14M for monitoring prescription drugs
$15M / $21 million for other programs

$145M Opioid Abuse Program / $30M Monitor Prescription Drug / $30M Residential treatment programs

Juvenile Justice Programs

$270M

$230M

$170.5M / $260M

$282.5M

National Instant Criminal Background Check System

$18M

$15M

$73M / $73M

$75M

Interagency Law Enforcement Crime and Drug Enforcement Program

$517M

$526M

$526M / $517M

$542M

State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP)

$193M

Eliminated

$220M / $100M

$240M
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

Funding levels for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. Department of Education (ED) and related independent agencies are good news for programs of importance to cities.  Programs such as the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Individuals with Disabilities Act and Corporation for National and Community Service saw increases as compared to FY17 enacted levels.  The bill also includes an additional $50 million for apprenticeship programs, an additional $75 million for career and technical education programs and strong increases to opioid-related funding streams including funds for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health and grants to local areas.

NLC response to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

Program FY17 White House House / Senate  FY18 Omnibus

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

$3.474B

$2.133M

$3.042B / $3.335B

$3.433B

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

$434M

Eliminated

$300M / $400M

$400M

21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC)

$1.164B

Eliminated

 

$1.1B / $1.2B

$1.212B

Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants

$2.345B

Eliminated

Eliminated / $2.1B

$2.056B

Charter School Program grants

$342M

$509M

$370M / $367M

$400M

Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)

$12B

$12B

$12.2B / $12B

$12.3B

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

$3.390B

Eliminated

$3.390B / $3.39B

$3.64B

Community Service Block Grant (CSBG)

$715M

Eliminated

$607.5M / $700M

$715M

Social Services Block Grant (SSBG)

$1.7B

Eliminated

$1.7B / $1.7B

$1.7B
Rural Communities Opioid Response N/A N/A N/A $100M
State Opioid Response Grants N/A N/A N/A $1B

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

$1B

Eliminated

$1B / $1.02B

$1.064B

Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS)

$231M

Eliminated

$231M / $235M

$240M
Transportation

The Omnibus provides an increase of $10.6 billion above the fiscal year 2017 enacted level to begin to rebuild the nation’s aging infrastructure. The Department of Transportation receives an addition $8.7 billion more than in 2017. Significant funding increases were made to for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program with an addition $1 billion, an increase in airport discretionary grants targeting small and rural airports with an additional $1 billion, and an $834 million increase for transit infrastructure grants with $400 million to help communities modernize their bus systems as well as $400 million for capital assistance to transit systems across the country to maintain a state of good repair.

NLC response to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development.

Program FY17 White House House / Senate  FY18 Omnibus

TIGER program

$500M

Eliminated

Eliminated / $550M

$1.5B

Amtrak

$1.4B

$630M – Eliminates long distance Amtrak routes.

$1.4B / $1.974B

$1.9B

Transit New Starts

$2.41B

$1.4B

$1.75B / $2.133B

$2.6B

Aviation, including Essential Air Service

$13.4B

$13.23B

$13.5B / $16.97B

$18B