December 16, 2015
The House Appropriations Committee today unveiled the fiscal year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill, the legislation that will provide discretionary funding for the federal government for the current fiscal year.
The bill includes full Appropriations legislation and funding for the 12 annual Appropriations bills through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2016. This level reflects the increased domestic discretionary funding provided by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which was enacted on November 2. In addition, the legislation includes a myriad of important policy items to stop waste and abuse, increase transparency and accountability at federal agencies, and halt administrative overreach that hinders economic growth.
The package also contains emergency Global War on Terror (GWOT)/Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding to combat the emerging real-world threat brought by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other U.S. enemies, to conduct successful military operations, and to maintain a well-equipped and prepared military force.
In addition to the 12 Appropriations bills, the package also includes other legislative language, including reforms to the Visa Waiver program, and a lifting of the ban on U.S. oil exports.
Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers made the following statement on the legislation:
“This bill provides responsible funding for nearly all of the federal government, while helping to stop wasteful and unnecessary spending and reining in regulatory overreach that hinders growth and job creation.
“The road to this final bill has not been easy, but it has been an open process that followed ’regular order’ to the maximum extent possible. Over the course of the last year, the Appropriations committee held over 100 hearings, and approved each of the 12 individual funding bills through an open Committee process where dozens upon dozens of amendments were debated. Seven of these bills were taken up by the full House under open rules – including over 78 hours of debate on the floor and 456 considered amendments.
“The legislation today is a result of this extensive work and of Member involvement on behalf of their constituents around the country. While an end-of-the-year Omnibus is not the preferred way to do business – it is always better to complete individual bills in a timely fashion – this bill will allow Congress to fulfill its constitutional duty to responsibly fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown.
“This package reflects conservative priorities in both funding and policy – including support for critical areas such as our national defense, halting many harmful regulations, and trimming wasteful spending. But it also represents a compromise that Members on both sides of the aisle can and should get behind. It will help move our country in the right fiscal direction as we embark on a new year, and I urge its quick consideration and enactment.”
Bill Highlights –
Funding Level – The bill abides by all the terms set by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which was enacted on November 2. The legislation provides a total of $1.149 trillion in base and Global War on Terror (GWOT)/Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding for the operations of the federal government, meeting the $548 billion defense and $518 billion non-defense base budget caps.
The bill includes $73.7 billion GWOT/OCO funding to provide needed resources and training for our troops in the field, to combat the threat of ISIL and other enemies around the world, to support U.S. allies, and to support diplomatic missions.
Timing – The funding included in the bill will extend to the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2016.
Policy Items – The legislation includes many policy items to help rein in bureaucratic and regulatory overreach, to protect the rights of Americans, and to encourage economic growth and job creation. For details of these items, please see the summaries below.
Omnibus Summaries – For detailed summaries of the 12 Appropriations bills within the Omnibus, including funding levels and policy items, please visit the following:
Energy and Water
Interior and Environment
Labor/Health and Human Services/Education
Military Construction/Veterans Affairs
Transportation/Housing and Urban Development
For the full text of the bill and accompanying reports, please visit: www.rules.house.gov.