The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 which passed through the house and is looking for approval in the Senate includes a number of significant victories for Western Governors. The measure comprises 7 of the 12 appropriations measures Congress considers annually and finances government operations for nine Departments and myriad federal agencies through Fiscal Year 2019. Among the provisions in the Act have been WGA priorities and issues that the Governors that have been actively engaged in are wildfire management, state authority over water resources, state wildlife date, state-federal land management coordination, rural broadband concerns and national parks deferred maintenance. All of these issues we extensively discussed during the Western Governors’ Meeting in Cheyenne late last year. Once approved by the Senate, the measure will have to be signed into law by the President.