Congress Passes Omnibus Spending Bill to Fund Government for Remainder of FY17

The agreement level-funds AmeriCorps and Senior Corps at FY16 levels

Congress passed an omnibus spending bill that will keep the government funded through September 30, 2017. The FY17 spending agreement, which was passed with strong bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, includes a $1.03 billion appropriation for the Corporation for National and Community Service. This is $65 million below the FY16 appropriation for the agency.

The omnibus maintains funding for core national service programs, including $386 million for AmeriCorps grants and $202 million for Senior Corps, amounts that are level with FY16 funding. In addition, the agreement provides expanded resources for state service commissions to build the capacity of national service programs at the local level.

Most of the funding reductions in the agency’s budget come from the Innovation and Demonstration account. This includes the elimination of the Social Innovation Fund, an initiative that was authorized by the Serve America Act of 2009.

To view a statement by Voices for National Service President AnnMaura Connolly on the FY17 omnibus spending agreement, click here.

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