Congress releases details of giant “Omnibus” spending agreement
Posted: 7:02 am Monday, May 1st, 2017
By Staff Writer
After months of talks, Congressional leaders released early on Monday morning the text of a deal that would fund the operations of the federal government for the next six months, funnel extra money to the Pentagon, but leave most spending priorities of President Donald Trump unaddressed.
The text of the agreement was posted on the internet shortly after 2 am; the actual bill text is 1,665 pages long, plus another almost 1,300 plus pages of explanatory language.
This spending measure – known in Capitol Hill parlance as a “omnibus” budget plan – throws a dozen spending bills into one catch-all measure. It must be approved by Friday night in order to avoid a government shutdown.
This plan would deliver the Pentagon $15 billion in extra funding through the end of September; the White House has made clear they want $54 billion in extra military spending for next year, with $54 billion in offsetting budget cuts in non-defense areas.