Congress Passes Omnibus Spending Bill to Fund Government for Remainder of FY18

On March 23, 2018 Congress passed and the president signed a $1.3 trillion omnibus appropriations bill to fund government operations through the remainder of fiscal year 2018 (which ends on September 30, 2018). The bill includes $1.06 billion for the Corporation for National and Community Service, an increase of nearly $34 million. The bill sustains funding for Senior Corps and AmeriCorps*VISTA, includes an increase of $26 million for AmeriCorps State and National, and increases funding for state commissions, AmeriCorps*NCCC, the Volunteer Generation Fund and Days of Service. This is a marked increase from the White House proposal to shut down the agency, providing a request of $135 million in FY18.

Congress is now operating under a two year budget deal that raised top-line spending caps set in 2011, allowing for greater flexibility going into next fiscal year. As negotiations on fiscal year 2019 spending begins, normal order is expected to proceed, with subcommittee markups starting in the spring and continuing through the summer. Similar to last year, the White House requested a shutdown budget of $123 million for the agency.

Corporation for National and Community Service Budget

Program ($000,000) FY17 Enacted FY18 White House Budget FY18 Enacted Change
AmeriCorps State and National 386 2.3 412 26
AmeriCorps NCCC 30 24.1 32 2
AmeriCorps VISTA 92.4 4.9 92.4 0
National Service Trust 207 0 207 0
Retired Senior Volunteer Program 48.9 0.1 48.9 0
Foster Grandparent Program 107.7 0.1 107.7 0
Senior Companion Program 45.5 0.1 45.5 0
Volunteer Generation Fund 3.8 0 5.4 1.6
State Commission Admin Grants 16.5 0 17.5 1
Total CNCS 1.03B 135M 1.06B 34M
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