FY 2017 appropriations wrap-up in progress

Before departing for a two-week recess, House and Senate leadership signaled progress – but no deal yet – in their effort to wrap up FY 2017 appropriations. At this time, only one spending bill, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs bill, has been signed into law, though the 11 other bills have all been approved by the appropriations committees in both chambers. Among the proposed funding changes is a $25 million increase for the AFRI competitive grants program approved by both the House and Senate. If Congress fails to complete the FY 2017 appropriations work and instead holds funding flat with a year-long continuing resolution (CR), any funding increases would not be realized. Once lawmakers return from recess, they will have only a few days to finalize FY 2017 funding before the current CR expires on April 28.