|After being passed by large majorities in Congress, President Donald Trump signed the FY2018 omnibus spending bill, funding the federal government through September 30, 2018.
The bill included increases in funding for several of NGWA’s priorities. Given the bill’s large price tag, Trump signed it begrudgingly—after briefly threatening to veto it—and is now seeking to slash funding for various programs through a process called “rescission.”
The process is a difficult one to accomplish legislatively and requires Congress to enact new legislation slashing programs they recently supported. If Trump officially requests Congress pass a “rescission package,” Congress must act within 45 days.
The request could potentially create another dilemma for Congress, who will be returning from recess with intent to focus on non-spending issues. A request for rescission could delay action on other priorities such as infrastructure investment or career and technical education reform programs. In addition, rescission could put funding for NGWA priority programs at risk for cuts.