The President signed an appropriations package that included five spending bills – 75-percent of the government funding – and the rest funded through Dec. 7th. The appropriations “minibus” funding bill includes the Department of Defense (DOD), the Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education Appropriations bills for the fiscal year 2019, as well as a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to temporarily fund remaining government programs until December 7, 2018. The bill includes $90.5 billion for HHS – $2.3 billion increase from fiscal 2018 – increased funding to combat the opioid epidemic and gives Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) an increase of $500+ million.
As noted above, there are a few agencies operating under a CR through December 7, 2018. One of these is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). With the FDA at the center of some of the Administration’s prescription drug proposals and the election outcome unclear, FDA funding could become a sticking point in Congress. Congress will address funding for the remainder of the year when they reconvene in Washington following the election for a lame duck session around November 13th.