After Late-Night Drama, Lawmakers Reach Two-Year Budget Deal

Spending for the federal government briefly lapsed last night before the House and Senate approved a bipartisan budget deal to fund the government at current levels through March 23 and raise overall discretionary spending caps by roughly $300 billion for FY 2018 and FY 2019.

The measure also lifts the debt ceiling through March 2019, allocates funding for recent natural disasters and extends mandatory funding for a number of health care programs. Congress now has six weeks to develop longer-term funding bills for FY 2018, and it is essential that advocates weigh in with their federal lawmakers to push for increased funding for Older Americans Act and other aging programs. Additional details on the ultimate budget deal are outlined in n4a's recent Legislative Update and we will soon share updated advocacy messages for advocates.