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Negotiations on Omnibus Spending Bill Lag

December 4, 2015—With one week until the current continuing resolution (CR, P.L. 114-53) expires, Republicans and Democrats continue to battle over funding levels and policy riders in the fiscal year (FY) 2016 omnibus spending package.

House Democrats rejected an initial Republican offer on Dec. 2 on how to resolve the remaining funding and policy issues. Democrats asserted the Republican proposal contained nearly 30 "poison pill" provisions, including language on Syrian refugees and provisions aimed at various financial and workplace regulations.

Democrats reportedly sent a counter offer on Dec. 3, but few details have been made public.

Democrats also are unhappy with the allocation for the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) appropriations subcommittee, which represents one-third of non-defense discretionary spending. The revised Labor-HHS allocation reportedly is increased by only 3.3 percent compared with the 6.9 percent increase in overall non-defense spending.

House Appropriations Chair Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said he still hopes to file the text of the omnibus by Dec. 7, but congressional leaders have acknowledged a second CR running through Dec. 18 may be necessary to provide time to finalize the $1.1 trillion spending package.


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


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