Gavel Down: Closing out the Year in Congress: 2015

A staggering amount of policy made its way through the Capitol Hill maze in the first session of the 114th Congress — including big bills on transportation, education, tax, and spending. Omnibus The funny term you've seen floating around refers to the BIG end-of-year spending bill. Think of it like a bus (hence the name). Several smaller […]

Issue Spotlight: What’s in the #Omnibus?

Our non-exhaustive outline, drawing from committee sources, summaries, and bill text: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (The “Omnibus”)   A. Agriculture Rural Development: $2.8 billion ($36.7 billion in loan authorizations for rural communities to address housing, electrification and telecommunication needs) Natural Resources Conservation Service: $864 million Food Safety $1 billion for the Food Safety and Inspection […]

Gavel Down: Dec. 7 – Dec. 11

It was a “to be continued” sort of week in Congress. Negotiations continue on an end-of-year Omnibus spending bill and tax extenders, while a short-term extension passed to give the “glacial” process more time. A trade enforcement bill passed the House, marking the third conference report in ten days, and several Members introduced bills to […]

What’s an “Omnibus” bill?

The end-of-year "Omnibus" Spending Bill is by now a Congressional holiday tradition — as is the "will they or won't they?" nail-biter finish that comes within hours of a stated deadline and sometimes pushes through multiple short-term extensions…and delayed holiday plans. Technically, the Omnibus is one big bill that "carries" lots of smaller bills. And […]

Gavel Down: Nov. 30 – Dec. 4

It was a HUGE week — the long-term Highway Bill finally passed (in time to avoid a midnight Friday deadline). The Senate voted to repeal Obamacare, the House passed its Energy bill and the Education Reform conference report. Speaker Ryan gave a “major speech” to a DC audience. US Special Forces were deployed to combat […]