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Congress Working to Finalize FY 2015 Spending

December 5, 2014—House and Senate appropriators are trying to finalize a fiscal year (FY) 2015 spending package to avert a government shutdown. The so-called “cromnibus” would combine a short-term continuing resolution (CR) for the Department of Homeland Security with complete versions of the remaining 11 FY 2015 spending bills to fund the rest of the government through September 2015.

While some individual bills reportedly are near completion, others, including the Labor-HHS-Education bill, require more work. House Appropriations Chair Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) and Senate Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) report they continue to make significant progress and hope to resolve all outstanding issues by the end of Dec. 5.

Appropriators also are trying to decide how much of the administration’s request for supplemental funding to respond to the Ebola crisis should be designated as emergency funding and not subject to the discretionary spending cap (see related story).

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) may need help from Democrats to secure House passage of the spending package. Several House and Senate conservatives have criticized the plan as essentially supporting the president’s executive actions on immigration. House Democrats say they will reserve judgment until they see the details of the package.

The final package is scheduled to be considered in the House early the week of Dec. 8. The current CR expires Dec. 11.


Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559


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