Congress Considers Omnibus Spending Bill and Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief

Posted on: November 30th, 2012 by NADO Admin

This week, congressional appropriators are pushing forward on an omnibus spending bill, which if passed would set the budgets of U.S. Government departments and agencies all at once for FY2013. House and Senate appropriators continue to urge congressional leadership to take up the bill during the lame-duck session. Congressional leaders have not ruled out an omnibus spending bill because the U.S. Government is currently operating under a continuing resolution or CR (P.L. 112-175) that temporarily extends FY2012 spending levels through March 27, 2013. Currently, Congress has not cleared one stand-alone spending bill for FY2013.

Additionally, a separate spending bill is underway to provide emergency aid for communities and individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy. Lawmakers from states damaged by the hurricane are working to build support for an emergency supplemental spending bill to pay for disaster relief and recovery. Supporters of an emergency supplemental are linking funding requests to formal cost estimates by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other federal and state agencies. There has not been a decision on how the measure would move through Congress, but it has been proposed that the emergency spending measure could be passed as a stand-alone bill, attached to a possible omnibus spending bill, or be included in a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.

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