Congress and the White House Cut Two-Year Budget Deal
As Congress prepared to leave Washington for the long August recess, Senate and House Leaders reached a long-sought agreement with the White House on a two-year budget plan. The House approved the deal on Thursday, which provides an aggregate $57 billion increase for non-defense programs, including education, for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. The Senate is expected to approve the deal next week. The spending agreement is good news for public education. Absent a deal to increase the spending caps established by the Budget Control Act of 2011, federal education spending was expected to decline for the next fiscal year. Instead, appropriators will have at least some additional overall funding to allocate for education programs, including school board priorities such as ESSA Title I, IDEA Part B and other significant formula accounts. Following months of delays, we expect the Senate Appropriations Committee to begin making significant progress on the fiscal year 2020 during September and October.