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Policy & Advocacy

Federal Budget & Appropriations

APLU staff closely track and examine federal agency and program budgets of relevance to the higher education and scientific research community as well as follow the Congressional appropriations process through both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. APLU works with our members to advocate for federal support of a variety of programs such as student financial aid, science and research, and STEM education.

FY2019

President Trump released his FY2019 budget request on February 12, 2018, which outlines the administration’s agency and program funding requests. The budget proposes $3 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years and projects a nearly three percent economic growth rate over the next decade. The request accounts for the recently enacted Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which increased the defense discretionary and non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending caps for both FY2018 and FY2019. APLU's analysis of the administration’s FY2019 budget request is available here.

FY2019 Appropriations Priorities Summary Chart

Energy and Water Development
State-Foreign Operations
Agriculture
Commerce-Justice-Science
Defense
Interior-Environment
Labor-Health and Human Services-Education

FY2019 Appropriations Allocations
Comparison of Allocations by Subcommittee
 
Budget Authority ($ in billions)
Subcommittee
FY18 Final
House FY19
Senate FY19
Agriculture
23.259
23.273
23.235
Commerce, Justice, Science
59.600
62.520
62.995
Defense
589.452
606.512
607.130
Energy & Water Development
43.200
44.700
43.776
Financial Services, General Government
23.423
23.423
23.688
Homeland Security
47.723
52.541
48.334
Interior, Environment
35.252
35.252
35.853
Labor-HHS-Education
177.100
177.100
179.228
Legislative Branch
4.700
4.880
4.790
Military Construction, VA
91.991
96.920
97.086
State, Foreign Operations
42.000
46.000
46.418
Transportation, HUD
70.300
71.800
71.417


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