House Approves Fiscal Year 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Package
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers today praised House passage of the fiscal year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill. The bill passed on a vote of 316-113.
The legislation includes funding for virtually the entire federal government through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2016, totaling approximately $1.15 trillion. This level is in line with the discretionary funding provided by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which was enacted on November 2.
The bill increases funding for national defense and important domestic priorities, and includes a myriad of policy provisions 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 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 additional legislative language such as reforms to the Visa Waiver program, a lifting of the ban on U.S. oil exports, and the reauthorization of U.S. intelligence activities.
Chairman Rogers made the following statement on the bill today:
“This is a solid package that reflects the priorities of the American people.
“It bolsters funding for our national defense and strengthens homeland security – protecting against harmful cuts that would gut our military readiness and put future security at risk.
“It cuts spending on wasteful, inefficient, unnecessary programs to save taxpayer dollars wherever possible, and holds federal agencies accountable for their funding.
“It stops unnecessary and harmful White House proposals and regulations that hinder growth and job creation, and that harm the very industries that make our nation and our economy strong – including eliminating a 40-year-old ban on the U.S. export of crude oil.
“And it invests in programs that the American people support and rely on, including veterans care, infrastructure, disease research and prevention, law enforcement, and border security, among others.
“The road to this final bill has not been without its bumps and obstacles, but I am proud we have finally come to a solution. While large, last-minute legislation is not the preferred way to fund the federal government, this bill makes the most of the current budgetary situation. This package reflects a hard-fought, fair compromise, I applaud House-passage today, and I urge its speedy enactment.”