President Trump signed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Department of Defense (DoD) appropriations legislation into law on September 28, which includes $674.4 billion in defense spending. This marks the first time since 2008 DoD received its appropriations before the start of the fiscal year. Other departments that received appropriations before the start of the fiscal year included Education, Energy, Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Veterans Affairs (VA).
The departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Interior, Justice, State, Transportation, and Treasury are currently operating under a continuing resolution (CR) that expires on December 21. If Congress does not pass an appropriations bill for those agencies before then, a partial government shutdown would occur.
The DoD portion of the FY20 President’s budget request is in formulation and due to Congress by February 4, 2019. The FY20 request for DoD is expected to be $700 billion. Under sequestration, the FY20 Budget Control Act cap for defense spending will be $576 billion if Congress does not act to raise it.
The NGAUS legislative staff and NGAUS Task Forces continue to work diligently on developing top FY20 NGAUS legislative priorities. These priorities will be based on resolutions adopted at the 140th NGAUS General Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. Additionally, NGAUS continues to engage with Congressional staff and National Guard stakeholders to identify commonality on important National Guard issues.