Congress Passes FY 2020 Agreement; Headed to President’s Desk
    December 19, 2019

    On December 19, the Senate passed a pair of spending bills that cleared the House of Representatives two days prior. Totaling approximately $1.4 trillion, the bills are the result of negotiations between House and Senate leadership at the cusp of an impending continuing resolution (CR) deadline. The current CR expires on December 20, giving President Trump a narrow window to sign the spending deal into law. H.R. 1865, which encompasses eight of the twelve appropriations bills, provides funding for major domestic programs, including higher education, research, and scholarship. Its counterpart, H.R. 1158, includes support for other programs and agencies of interest, particularly with regard to federal research funding streams.


    “CGS commends both the House and Senate for reaching this agreement, which would not have been possible without bipartisan efforts in both chambers of Congress. The proposed increases for student financial aid for both graduate and undergraduate students is paramount. Equally critical are the increases to several agencies that provide funding for research conducted at our member institutions.” said Suzanne T. Ortega, president of the Council of Graduate Schools.


    Visit CGS’s FY 2020 Appropriations Funding Chart to view proposed levels for individual programs. Please note this is updated as information becomes available. Subscribe to CGS’s Washington Insights & Highlights to receive more information about this and other pressing issues.  


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