Winners and Losers in the Omnibus Spending Bill
Earlier this week, Congress unveiled a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that spells out line-by-line spending levels for federal agencies and each of their programs and offices. Lawmakers are expected to approve the measure Friday.
While the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act struck in October that set top-line funding levels for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 raised spending well above sequester caps, not every agency will make out well. In fact, Republicans boasted that in many cases, the bill would stymie the efforts of federal agencies and their employees.
“This bill provides responsible funding for nearly all of the federal government, while helping to stop wasteful and unnecessary spending and reining in regulatory overreach that hinders growth and job creation,” said Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.