House Approves Fiscal Year 2015 Consolidated Appropriations Package
Bipartisan Omnibus bill avoids shutdown, targets responsible investments in effective programs, limits Administration overreach
December 11, 2014 -
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers today applauded the House of Representatives for passing legislation to fund the government for the remainder of the 2015 fiscal year.
The bill fully abides by the “Ryan-Murray” Budget Agreement of 2013, and includes Appropriations legislation for 11 of the 12 annual Appropriations bills – providing funding for these programs through the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2015. The 12th bill, which funds the Department of Homeland Security, is also included in the legislation, but is funded under a temporary “Continuing Resolution” that expires on February 27, 2015.
The package also contains emergency Overseas Contingency Operations funding to combat the emerging real-world threat brought by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and emergency funding to address the domestic and international Ebola crisis.
“This bill is the result of careful, responsible, line-by-line budget and policy decisions that have enormous impact on individuals, businesses, and communities across the country. This bill invests in important and effective programs with the most benefit to the American people – including our national defense – while reducing spending in lower-priority or wasteful programs. It also makes huge strides in helping to boost our economy by halting unnecessary, bureaucratic red tape that hinders growth and puts a damper on job creation,” Chairman Rogers said.
“This legislation represents exactly what our constituents sent us to Congress to do in November. It is a bipartisan compromise that makes hard but responsible decisions to govern responsibly and effectively. We worked together across the aisle to find common ground, while advancing policies that will promote job creation, economic growth, fiscal responsibility, and a better future for families and communities across the nation,” Rogers continued. “I now urge my colleagues in the Senate to approve this bill in short order, so that it can be signed into law before current funding expires on December 11.”
For a summary of the bill, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=393925