H.R. 244 Omnibus Bill To Vote On May 3

Rep Paul Gosar
Rep Paul Gosar

On May 1, 2017, the House Committee on Rules posted the text of H.R. 244 Senate Amendments to HIRE Vets Act [Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017].  This vehicle includes appropriations to fund the government through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2017 which ends on September 30, 2017. The 1,665 page bill includes $1.163 trillion in discretionary funding for 11 annual appropriations bills, provides additional resources for the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Act, extends health benefits for Appalachian coal miners in perpetuity, and allocates additional funding for Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program. This legislation funds Overseas Contingency Operations at $93.5 billion. The bill provides $8.2 billion for emergency and disaster funding. The legislation allocates $32.28 billion, $121 million above the FY16 enacted level, to DOI, EPA, USFS, the Indian Health Service and other agency programs. The bill includes $37.8 billion, $586 million above the FY16 enacted level, for nuclear weapon defense activities, the Army Corps of Engineers, BOR, DOE and other agency programs. This legislation provides $153.4 billion, $12.8 billion below the FY16 enacted level, for agriculture, nutrition, programs that support rural communities and other agency programs.

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