Congress is currently out of session for a two-week recess, during which time Members of Congress attend events back in their states and districts and meet with constituents directly. Before they left for the break, Congress passed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 omnibus bill containing about $1.3 trillion in government funding through September 30, 2018.

Aside from providing the largest year-to-year increase in funding for the Department of Defense in 15 years with an increase of $80 billion, the omnibus also provided for increased funding in key federal programs which state and local authorities will be able to use through the grant process. Some of these key programs are in the areas of fighting the opioid epidemic, promoting school safety, securing the homeland, and improving the nation’s infrastructure. 

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