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Category: FY15

Homeland Funding Drama Ends with House Accepting Clean Year-Long Appropriations Bill

March 5, 2015 – The long, slow-motion crisis over federal Homeland Security funding for fiscal year 2015 is over, as the House yesterday approved a bipartisan compromise bill for the White House after Republican attempts to add restrictions on the President’s ability to exercise unilateral discretion on immigration matters failed.

Potential Homeland Shutdown Looms; TSA and USCG Largely Exempt

February 11, 2015 – Continued filibusters of the fiscal 2015 Homeland Security appropriations bill in the Senate have raised the real possibility of a partial shutdown of that department through a lapse of appropriations starting on February 27. However, the law enforcement and public safety nature of most of the transportation-related positions at DHS makes those exempt from a shutdown.

Senate Passes FY15 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

December 14, 2014 – Last night, the Senate finally passed the $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations measure, clearing it for the President’s signature. The enrolling clerks and Government Printing Office have until midnight on Wednesday to prepare the bill and get it to the White House.

Government Shutdown Averted (Again)

December 13, 2014 – After a four-hour series of tedious roll call votes on motions to go in and out of executive session, the Senate gained unanimous consent at 3:51 p.m. to pass another extension of the stopgap continuing resolution that expires at midnight tonight. The CR extension (H. J. Res. 131) is now cleared for the President and will avert the government shutdown that would otherwise have started at midnight tonight (although the practical effects would not have started to be felt until Monday morning when people started showing up for work). H. J. Res.

Action on FY15 Omnibus Held Over Until Saturday (At Least)

December 13, 2014 – Senate leaders spent all day and all night on Friday trying to negotiate an endgame for the 113th Congress that prioritized the $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill (House amendment to Senate amendment to H.R. 83) first, since the current stopgap continuing resolution that funds the government expires at midnight on Saturday night.

Senate 2014 Endgame

December 12, 2014 – Earlier this afternoon, Republican Leader McConnell got up and dangled before Senators the attractive prospect of adjourning for the year tonight. He said that he had the consent of all Republicans for an immediate up-or-down vote on the House-passed tax extenders package (H.R. 5771) and was almost all the way to getting complete GOP acceptance of immediate up-or-down votes tonight on the omnibus appropriations bill (House amendment to Senate amendment to H.R. 83) and the terrorism risk insurance extension bill (House amendment to S. 2244).

Two-Day CR Extension Cleared For White House

December 11, 2014 – Both the House and Senate have now cleared H. J. Res. 130, a two-day extension of the existing stopgap continuing appropriations resolution, for the President’s signature. Under OMB precedent, even though the current CR expires at midnight tonight, as long as the President has promised to sign the extension (and does so before the time that federal workers show up for work tomorrow), no government shutdown will occur tonight.

House Passes FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations

December 11, 2014 – After a day of delays and confusion, the House of Representatives has passed the fiscal year 2015 omnibus appropriations package (House amendment to Senate amendment to H.R. 83) by a vote of 219 to 206.

Omnibus FY 2015 Appropriations Bill Now Online

December 9, 2014 – The text of the omnibus FY 2015 appropriations package, funding most federal agencies through September 30, 2015 (but only funding the Department of Homeland Security through early 2015) is now online for public perusal.

Overview of Final FY 2015 USDOT Appropriations

December 9, 2014 – Provides an preliminary overview of appropriations for federal transportation and public works programs in the final omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015 as filed in the House on December 9, 2014.

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