Washington, D.C. | September 27, 2018 – America Forward issued the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 2019) minibus appropriations package on September 26, which includes the FY 2019 Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies funding bills. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 361 to 61. On September 18, the U.S. Senate passed the bill by a vote of 93 to 7. The bill now heads to the President for his signature.
“America Forward and members of the America Forward Coalition applaud Congressional approval of the Fiscal Year 2019 minibus appropriations package which funds many of the key America Forward federal priorities that have a significant impact on the lives of those we serve. We are particularly pleased to see the robust increases in funding for many programs of priority which spur innovation, reward results, and catalyze cross-sector partnerships to propel America forward. The America Forward Coalition remains committed to ensuring these critical programs continue to receive robust funding for years to come. America Forward and the America Forward Coalition look forward to working with the new Congress and the Administration on the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget and Appropriations process.”
America Forward is the Washington, DC-based nonpartisan policy initiative of national venture philanthropy fund New Profit that seeks to break down barriers between all people and opportunity in America. America Forward’s mission is to unite social entrepreneurs with policymakers to advance a public policy agenda that champions innovative and effective solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems.
The America Forward Coalition is a network of more than 70 innovative, impact-oriented organizations that foster innovation, identify more efficient and effective solutions, reward results, and catalyze cross-sector partnerships in education, early childhood, workforce development, youth development, and poverty alleviation. Together, America Forward Coalition members have leveraged $1.5 billion for social innovation and have driven millions of federal resources towards programs that are achieving measurable results in more than 14,500 communities across the country every day, touching the lives of nearly 8 million Americans each year. We believe that innovative policy approaches can transform these local results into national change and propel all of America Forward.
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