Nearly three months into fiscal 2016, after two threats of a government shutdown and with one working day left for lawmakers, Congress approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government next year.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said it “provides substantial funding for both our economic and national security priorities over and above the sequester.”
“So we feel good about the outcome primarily because we got a compromise budget agreement that fought off a wide variety of ideological riders, but yet ensures the priorities that this administration has identified when it comes to investing in middle-class families and protecting the country,” he said. “And we succeeded.”
Among the major government agencies, many saw a bump in funding from fiscal 2015, though few received funding at the level they had requested at the beginning of the calendar year.
Those lucky enough to find a little extra in their coffers include: Energy, Veterans Affairs and NASA, while the Office of Personnel Management got the $272 million it had requested.
Other departments like Transportation, Treasury and Health and Human Services saw bigger gaps in their requested and enacted funding.
The Environmental Protection Agency ended up receiving $8.139 billion, the same funding level as FY15, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission received $30 million less than last fiscal year and Interior received about $241 million less than last year.
FY 2016 Discretionary Spending
Change from FY ’15
Architect of the Capitol
Housing and Urban Development
National Science Foundation
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
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