Appropriators Continue Work to Complete a Year-End Spending Package; Possibility of Continuing Resolution Still Remains

Posted on: December 5th, 2014 by NADO Admin

This week, House and Senate appropriations leaders continued to work toward an agreement on a year-end omnibus spending package.  The current Continuing Resolution (CR) expires December 11.  Negotiations on a handful of spending bills (Defense; Commerce, Justice, and Science; Transportation-HUD; and Legislative Branch) are complete while others (Interior-Environment and Labor, Health, and Human Services) are far from agreement.  There is one annual spending bill, Homeland Security, which will not be included in the omnibus package.  Due to congressional concerns over President Obama’s recent action on immigration, appropriators plan to extend current funding for the Homeland Security bill for only two months in order to have a greater opportunity to influence policy and funding decisions within the agencies responsible for enforcing immigration policy.  Appropriators hope to release an omnibus package on Monday in order to allow time for floor consideration before the CR expires on Thursday.  It is possible that no deal will be reached in which case Congress would need to pass another CR lasting into 2015 to avoid a government shutdown.


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