Act Now: Urge your Senators to Oppose Budget Resolution

  • The full Senate is expected to vote on its FY 2018 Budget Resolution (pdf) as early as Thursday, October 19.
  • Urge your Senators to vote “no” on the Senate Budget Resolution, which set ups a process for consideration of massive tax cuts for the wealthy that would ultimately be paid for by cuts to safety net programs like SNAP and other critical programs that serve low- and moderate-income families.

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  • FY 2018 Budget
    It is anticipated that the House leadership will try to bring the budget for a vote on the House floor in September after members return from recess.

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  • FY 2018 Appropriations
    Annual funding for federal nutrition programs is provided through the agriculture appropriations bill. The agriculture appropriations bill is one of 12 appropriations bills that the House and Senate pass each year to keep government programs funded.

    For FY 2018, although a budget has not passed, the House and Senate have begun the appropriations processes.

    Next Steps
    Normally, next steps would include the House and Senate voting to pass their respective 12 appropriations bills, leading to conferences to reconcile the differences between the two versions. However, on Thursday, July 27, 2017, the House passed a “minibus” that would authorize spending for four of the 12 appropriations bills: defense; military construction and veterans’ affairs; energy and water; and the legislative branch (passage of all 12 bills would have been referred to as an “omnibus”). The allocation for defense programs exceeded the spending caps outlined in the Budget Control Act, which sets parity for any spending increases between defense and non-defense (discretionary) spending.

    The House is expected to vote on another “minibus” of the remaining eight spending bills in September. It may package the two “minibuses” in order to send forward a full “omnibus” spending bill for FY 2018.

    Track the FY 2018 appropriations process, from subcommittee approval to final passage and public law.

  • 2017 Appropriations
    The Joint Resolution H.J. Res. 99 (FY 2017) became Public Law No. 115-30 (4/18/2017) and set spending levels for FY 2017.
  • Refundable Tax Credits
    The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) are two of the federal government’s more effective methods in which to lift individuals and families out of poverty. Both of these tax credits are refundable, meaning that they can reduce a filer’s tax burden to zero and any remaining amount is treated as a direct refund to the filer.

    Income thresholds for the EITC are dictated by marital status and number of children. Single childless workers can qualify for the EITC if their income is below $14,900 in the 2015 tax year.

    The CTC is worth up to a maximum of $1,000 per child under the age of 17. Unlike the EITC, a family’s CTC grows as their income grows.

Did You Know?

Every year, Congress is supposed to follow a similar schedule of events throughout the budget and appropriations process. However, in recent years, this process has not always been followed — but the general schedule remains the same.