Congress sent the first bipartisan spending package for fiscal year (FY) 2019, including the Energy-Water, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch spending bills, to the President on September 13, 2018.
The Senate passed the $147.5 billion “minibus” with a 92-5 vote on September 12, after which the House of Representatives approved the legislation by a vote of 377-20. The Conference Committee Report accompanying the spending package directs $44.6 billion (+3 percent) to the Energy and Water accounts, which include the Department of Energy Office of Science ($6.6 billion, +325 million). The bill provides the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), targeted for elimination by President Trump, with $366 million (+$13 million). Several contentious policy riders were dropped from the House version of the bill, including one that would have repealed the Obama-era Clean Water Rule. The White House has not indicated yet if the President will sign the bill into law.