$1 Trillion Spending Bill Proposed In Congress; Read The Entire Omnibus Spending Bill [FULL TEXT]

on January 13 2014 9:41 PM

Congressional leaders said Monday evening they have reached agreement on a $1 trillion spending bill that will fund the U.S. government through the end of the 2014 budget year.

The measure follows the guidelines laid out in the budget agreement Congress passed in December.

In a joint statement, House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., and Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., said the bill "keeps the government open and eliminates the uncertainty and economic instability of stop-gap governing."

"As with any compromise, not everyone will like everything in this bill," they said. "But in this divided government, a critical bill such as this simply cannot reflect the wants of only one party. We believe this is a good, workable measure that will serve the American people well, and we encourage all our colleagues to support it this week."

The "omnibus" spending bill is a sweeping piece of legislation that includes all 12 of the annual bills that provide funding for all discretionary federal spending. It does not include mandatory spending on entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare.

Some $520.5 billion will be spent on defense while the remaining $491.7 billion covers a broad swath of domestic programs including early education, cancer research and federal law enforcement agencies, CNN reports.

Here are some of the more contentious features of the bill, as noted by Roll Call:

·         Obamacare — The omnibus doesn’t contain any new funding for the health care law, but it doesn’t defund or dismantle it either.

·         Abortion – The measure continues the ban on federal funding for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or endangerment of a mother’s life. But Democrats fended off any new anti-abortion riders.

·         School vouchers Republicans got $16 million to fund a program that lets low-income students in Washington, D.C., apply for vouchers to attend the private or parochial schools of their choice.

·         Benghazi — According to an official summary, the bill would include “a prohibition on aid to Libya until the secretary of state confirms Libyan cooperation in the Benghazi investigation.”

·         Light bulbs — Republicans praised a provision banning enforcement of a new ban on manufacturing old-fashioned, incandescent light bulbs, a cause in some conservative circles.

·         Post offices — The bill preserves unprofitable Saturday mail delivery and prevents the closure of unprofitable rural post offices.

·         Guantanamo Bay The omnibus continues language prohibiting funding for transfers of Guantanamo prisoners to facilities elsewhere in the United States or territories, frustrating the president’s effort to close the prison camp. 

 

The full text follows below:

 

  H.R. 3547, 2014 Appropriations Act by e_linton

 

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