Posted: 7:02 am Monday, May 1st, 2017
By Jamie Dupree
After months of talks, Congressional leaders released early on Monday morning the text of a deal that would fund the operations of the federal government for the next six months, funnel extra money to the Pentagon, but leave most spending priorities of President Donald Trump unaddressed.
The text of the agreement was posted on the internet shortly after 2 am; the actual bill text is 1,665 pages long, plus another almost 1,300 plus pages of explanatory language.
This spending measure – known in Capitol Hill parlance as a “omnibus” budget plan – throws a dozen spending bills into one catch-all measure. It must be approved by Friday night in order to avoid a government shutdown.
You can read the bill language here of what will be known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017.
Here is the link to the explanatory language for each of the spending bills tucked into this larger measure:
This plan would deliver the Pentagon $15 billion in extra funding through the end of September; the White House has made clear they want $54 billion in extra military spending for next year, with $54 billion in offsetting budget cuts in non-defense areas.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.