On the Hill: Senate Advances FY’19 Defense Spending Package; OEA Funding to Rise Slightly Next Year

On the Hill: Senate Advances FY’19 Defense Spending Package; OEA Funding to Rise Slightly Next Year

The Senate on Tuesday approved the conference report for a two-bill fiscal 2019 spending package covering the defense and labor-HHS-education titles; the House is expected to clear the agreement and send it to the White House next week, allowing the military to avoid operating under a stopgap spending measure at the beginning of a new fiscal year for the first time in a decade. President Trump is planning to sign the minibus bill, which includes $674.4 billion in discretionary budget authority for DOD, reports Politico. … The conference report includes $59.7 million for the Office of Economic Adjustment, a $1.9 million increase from the agency’s FY 2018 funding level. Its FY 2019 budget request totaled $70.0 million, but the conferees opted to strip out a $10.3 million line item for public infrastructure improvements on the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands associated with the realignment of 4,000-plus Marines from Okinawa to Guam. The agency’s budget covers its various grant programs supporting communities and states addressing BRAC and mission changes, defense industry cutbacks and compatible land use issues.

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