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By Erlinda Doherty

President Donald Trump signed, after Congress passed, two fiscal spending packages—defense-related (HR1158) and non-defense-related (HR 1865)—worth a total of $1.4 trillion just before the holidays, avoiding another partial government shutdown and funding the government through Sept. 30.

budget pieA $22 billion increase in defense spending over fiscal year 2019 levels and an overall 5% increase in discretionary spending were rolled into the two measures, which contained all regular agency spending bills.

The funding deal is consistent with the two-year budget plan enacted in July and contains numerous tax provisions that extend expiring credits or make technical corrections to some outstanding elements of the 2017 tax overhaul. 

Read NCSL’s analysis of major agency funding highlights for states.

And check out NCSL's analysis of key tax provisions in the spending package.

For a detailed agency breakout of the chronological history of the fiscal year 2020 process, please review the Federal Funds Information for State’s Jim Martin’s table.

Erlinda Doherty is director of NCSL's Budgets and Revenue Committee.

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