The House and Senate have now approved a full year “minibus” funding bill, which includes the Department of Defense, the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019, as well as a short term Continuing Resolution (CR) to temporarily fund remaining government programs until December 7, 2018.
The bill includes an additional $50 million for LIHEAP for FY 19 bringing the total funding up to $3.69 billion. The President is expected to sign the bill before the end of the fiscal year.
Bill Text – LIHEAP appropriation appears on page 83 of the HHS section, page 251 in the PDF.
Next steps are to move quickly to encourage the Administration to release the funds as soon as possible. This will be NEADA’s top priority until the fund are released.