Featured Issue: FY2018 Appropriations

In early September, Congress gave itself a three-month extension to work on a funding bill for fiscal year (FY) 2018 by passing a continuing resolution (P.L. 115-56) to fund the government through 12/8/17. A day before the deadline, Congress eked out an additional two weeks (P.L. 115-90) to come to agreement on funding bill for the federal government.

By mid-September, the House has passed all of their FY2018 appropriation bills, while the Senate appropriations bills have yet to be considered in committee.

The first appropriations package passed out of the House (H.R. 3219) on July 27, 2017 attached $1.6 billion for the construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to funding for the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Military Construction and Energy.

The second appropriations package (H.R. 3354), approved on September 14, 2017, consolidated the appropriations for Departments of Homeland Security (H.R. 3355) and State, as well as Agriculture, Commerce, Financial Services, Labor, and Transportation. The bill would provide DHS $44.3 billion in funding slightly over the $44.1 billion President Trump requested in his FY2018 budget proposal.

Read AILA Statement Opposing the House DHS Appropriations Bill for FY2018 for more information on the breakdown of funds passed out of the House. AILA strongly opposes a funding bill that focuses on massive increases in immigration enforcement and border security and result in the deportation of thousands of undocumented people with children, family, and other strong ties to the United States.

Read bill text and current congressional actions:

AILA's Statements and Resources on President Trump’s Budget Requests for FY2018 Budget

AILA Member Tools to Speak Out Against Funding for a Massive Deportation Force and Border Wall

AILA and its partners are pushing back strongly on this effort. AILA has several resources to offer, helping our chapters and members battle these costly and ineffective funding bill.

Members of Congress Reject DHS Funding Bill for FY2018

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 17071835.