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.

 

You can read the bill language here of what will be known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017.

Here is the link to the explanatory language for each of the spending bills tucked into this larger measure:

+ Division A – Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act

+ Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act

+ Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017

+ Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies
Appropriations Act

+ Financial Services and General Govemment Appropriations

+ Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act

+ Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related
Agen ci es Appropriations Act

+ Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and
Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act

+ Legislative Branch Appropriations Act

+
Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act

+
Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act

+ Military Construction and Veterans Affairs-Additional
Appropriations Act

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.

Republicans released this summary of the Omnibus spending agreement.
Democrats posted this review of the Omnibus deal.

 

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