Late Monday night, House and Senate negotiators released a 1,582-page omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through fiscal year 2014. On Wednesday, the House voted to pass the plan and sent it to the Senate which has yet to vote on it.
Today, the House will vote on an omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2014. The bill will set the budget for all 12 appropriations bills that are usually passed throughout the year.
Congressional appropriators are currently packaging the 12 fiscal year 2014 appropriations bills into one large omnibus spending bill. Yesterday we outlined what readers needed to know about this process and what’s likely to be in this year’s “omni.” In today’s “5 Things” we look back at what’s been in past bills.
Amoeba: “Any protozoan … able to change shape because of the movements of cell processes. They live in fresh water or soil or as parasites in man and animals.” In discussing the difficulty of negotiating the fiscal year 2014 omnibus spending bill, Senate Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) called the legislation an “amoeba.”
By the end of each fiscal year (Sept. 30), the U.S. Congress is required to pass spending bills for the next fiscal year. If it fails, Congress must either pass a continuing resolution or the federal government will shut down
Last week the U.S. House kicked off the annual appropriations process by passing the first spending bills for fiscal year 2014. What is this process, why is important, and how long will it take? We answer these questions and more in “5 Things to Know about the Appropriations Process …”
Last week taxpayers spent roughly $107.8 million on Congress. Did you get your Money’s Worth?
Motivation. It is what pushes us to excel in our endeavors. On Capitol Hill though, motivations take on a different meaning. Motivation can cause members to push bills through Congress, to make tough choices for thebetterment of the country, or – as is the case today – do nothing.
April 15 has come and gone. And with it, another missed deadline by Congress to complete action on the federal budget. Did you know by failing to complete a budget by April 15, Congress isn’t following the law?
Before the government’s next fiscal year begins (runs from October 1, 2012 – until September 30, 2013), Congress and the President must fund some of government’s spending. The federal budget process has been muddied and been made confusing, so let’s examine exactly how it works.