House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers today applauded the House of Representatives for passing legislation to fund the government for the remainder of the 2015 fiscal year.
The bill fully abides by the “Ryan-Murray” Budget Agreement of 2013, and includes Appropriations legislation for 11 of the 12 annual Appropriations bills – providing funding for these programs through the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2015. The 12th bill, which funds the Department of Homeland Security, is also included in the legislation, but is funded under a temporary “Continuing Resolution” that expires on February 27, 2015.
The package also contains emergency Overseas Contingency Operations funding to combat the emerging real-world threat brought by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and emergency funding to address the domestic and international Ebola crisis.
“This bill is the result of careful, responsible, line-by-line budget and policy decisions that have enormous impact on individuals, businesses, and communities across the country. This bill invests in important and effective programs with the most benefit to the American people – including our national defense – while reducing spending in lower-priority or wasteful programs. It also makes huge strides in helping to boost our economy by halting unnecessary, bureaucratic red tape that hinders growth and puts a damper on job creation,” Chairman Rogers said.
“This legislation represents exactly what our constituents sent us to Congress to do in November. It is a bipartisan compromise that makes hard but responsible decisions to govern responsibly and effectively. We worked together across the aisle to find common ground, while advancing policies that will promote job creation, economic growth, fiscal responsibility, and a better future for families and communities across the nation,” Rogers continued. “I now urge my colleagues in the Senate to approve this bill in short order, so that it can be signed into law before current funding expires on December 11.”
For a summary of the bill, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=393925
House Appropriations Committee Hal Rogers today gave the following statement on the House floor in support of the House amendment to the Senate amendment on H.R. 83, legislation to fund the federal government for the rest of the current fiscal year:
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today, as we face the expiration of the current Continuing Resolution, to present the House amendment to the Senate amendment on H.R. 83, legislation to fund the federal government for the rest of the current fiscal year.
"This amendment prevents a costly and damaging government shutdown, while making good-government funding and policy decisions and reining in regulatory overreach. It is good for the continuity of vital federal programs and services, it is good for our economy, and it is good for the American people.
"In total, this legislation provides $1.013 trillion dollars for the operations of the federal government. This total is in line with the terms of the Ryan-Murray budget agreement.
"It includes full-year Appropriations legislation for 11 of the 12 annual Appropriations bills, reflecting the most up-to-date budgetary needs of each agency and department. The Appropriations Committees in both the House and Senate went line by line through these bills, prioritizing funding for effective and vital programs, and making the tough decisions to cut funding for lower-priority programs.
"In addition, the measure includes short-term funding for the Department of Homeland Security, holding the funding levels for DHS programs at current levels.
"This will ensure that efforts to secure our home front are maintained until February 27th of next year.
"This legislation is a compromise– the product of hard-fought negotiations between the House and Senate, with give-and-take from both sides. But at the end of the day, it reflects conservative priorities, keeps our spending in line, and reins in the regulatory overreach that has been hampering our economy.
"As such, national security is a top priority in this bill. We provide a total of $554 billion for the Department of Defense, including $64 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding to support our troops in the field, to combat ISIL, to train and equip our Iraqi allies, and to counter Russian aggression.
"To further assist our economy, we include provisions that put the brakes on regulatory programs that are too intrusive and too burdensome on American businesses.
"For instance, the legislation prohibits funds for the Army Corps of Engineers to act on two potentially harmful regulations: changing the definition of “fill material,” and regulating water in certain agricultural areas under the Clean Water Act.
"The bill measure prevents the listing of the Sage Grouse on the Endangered Species list – a premature action that would have severe economic consequences on Western states. And the bill protects job creators from onerous regulatory burdens by amending Dodd-Frank swaps pushout rules.
"This bill also demonstrates fiscal restraint. It cuts $60 million from the EPA, provides no funding for high-speed rail, the President’s Race to the Top initiative, or UNESCO or IMF. No new funding is included for Obamacare, and the bill holds the line on funding for the agency most responsible for implementing this law at HHS.
"For the IRS, the bill cuts the agency $345 million below last year, and includes language to put a stop to improper behavior by prohibiting the targeting of groups based on their political beliefs, prohibiting the White House from ordering the IRS to determine the tax-exempt status of an organization, and from funding inappropriate videos or conferences.
"This legislation is the product of the bipartisan and bicameral cooperation that the American people called for at the voting booths last month. Passage of this bill will show our people that we can and will govern responsibly, rise above inaction, and work together on their behalf.
"Although I would have preferred – as I am sure we all would have – to consider each of the 12 Appropriations bills under regular order, this is our best path forward under the circumstances. We face a very tight deadline, and if we do nothing, we will be turning our backs on our constitutional duty and on the American people.
"Before I close, I’d like to take a moment to recognize the many people who worked on this legislation.
"Thank you to the staff: You have all put in so much time and hard work on this bill – including sacrificing your holidays and time with your loved ones. We appreciate all that you do.
"Thank you to the Members of the Appropriations Committee who fought long and hard to ensure that we have the best bill before us today, notably the Ranking Member of the Committee, Mrs. Lowey.
"I’d also like to acknowledge six Members of the Committee in particular – Jack Kingston, Frank Wolf, Tom Latham, Jim Moran, Ed Pastor, and Bill Owens. It is fitting that for these six appropriators, their final vote on the House floor will be on a government funding bill.
"This nation is a better place because of your service, and I thank you all for your contributions to the Appropriations Committee and to the House of Representatives over your combined 120 years of service.
"I now call on the Members of this House – Republicans and Democrats alike – to support this legislation. It is good, it is bipartisan, and most importantly, it is necessary. Vote Yes. Thank you, and I yield back"
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers today made the following remarks before the House Committee on Rules:
"Good afternoon, Chairman Sessions, Ranking Member Slaughter, and members of the Rules Committee. Thank you for having me here today on behalf of the amendment to H.R. 83 I have submitted that includes the bipartisan House and Senate agreement to fund the federal government for the rest of the 2015 fiscal year.
"I come before you to request an appropriate rule to provide for prompt consideration of this important measure. Our current funding mechanism expires on December 11, 2014 – Thursday. To avoid a costly and damaging government shutdown, we must pass this legislation before then.
"The funding measure abides by all the terms of the Ryan-Murray budget agreement, providing a total of $1.013 trillion. It includes full-year Appropriations legislation for 11 of the 12 annual Appropriations bills, weighing each agency and department individually, reflecting up-to-date budgetary needs, and prioritizing the most effective, most useful programs.
"This legislation also includes a short-term funding mechanism for the Department of Homeland Security, which expires on February 27, 2015. This holds funding for DHS programs at current levels to maintain essential security programs on our home front.
"Moving on to some of the highlights:
"National security is a top priority in this legislation. The measure provides $554 billion for the Department of Defense, including $64 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding to support our troops in the field, to combat ISIL, to train and equip our Iraqi allies, and to counter Russian aggression.
"It also cuts more than $345 million from the IRS and $60 million from the EPA from last year’s levels.
"The legislation provides no new funding for ObamaCare, and holds the line on funding for the agency at HHS most responsible for implementing this law.
"It prohibits funds for the Army Corps of Engineers to act on two regulations that could have serious consequences for American industry: changing the definition of “fill material,” and regulating water in certain agricultural areas under the Clean Water Act.
"The legislation also protects farmers, ranchers, and other job creators from onerous regulatory burdens by amending Dodd-Frank swaps push out rules, and by adopting the House promise to stop the EPA from placing the sage grouse on the Endangered Species List. And it helps put a stop to improper behavior at federal agencies – prohibiting the IRS from targeting groups for scrutiny based on their political beliefs, from determining the tax-exempt status of an organization, and from holding inappropriate conferences.
"The bill also preserves the sanctity of life – maintaining all existing pro-life policy and funding provisions from previous Appropriations bills, as well as adding several new provisions that address conscience protection and the transparency of ObamaCare plans that provide abortion-related services.
"Although it is my preference to consider 12 individual Appropriations bills on time, under regular order, this is our best-case scenario as we face a short deadline. This legislation fulfills the Constitutional duty of the Congress to keep the lights on in the federal government, and will allow us to start with a clear deck in the 114th Congress to hopefully complete our Appropriations work for 2016 on time.
"I know the Ranking Member of the Committee shares my desire to return to regular order next year. I would like to thank Mrs. Lowey for her fairness throughout this process, as well as her hard work bringing this bill before you today.
"The Omnibus legislation is the result of weeks of hard negotiations between the House and the Senate. It reflects conservative priorities, but it is also a compromise – a bipartisan bill that can and should have wide support from both parties in both the House and the Senate.
"I hope we can pass it in short order, and send it on to the Senate and eventually the President for their quick approval as well. The American people deserve the stability and certainty of a functioning federal government, and it is high time we provide that to them. Thank you."
The House Appropriations Committee today unveiled the fiscal year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill, the legislation that will provide discretionary funding for the vast majority of the federal government for the current fiscal year.
The bill includes full Appropriations legislation and funding for 11 of the 12 annual Appropriations bills through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2015. The 12th bill, which funds the Department of Homeland Security, is also included in the legislation, but is funded under a temporary “Continuing Resolution” mechanism that expires on February 27, 2015.
The package also contains emergency Overseas Contingency Operations funding to combat the emerging real-world threat brought by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and a total of $5.4 billion in emergency funding to address the domestic and international Ebola crisis.
“This bill will allow us to fulfill our Constitutional duty to responsibly fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown. The 11 Appropriations bills in this package reflect specific, thoughtful, line-by-line decisions to target funds to critical programs, make reductions to lower-priority areas, and wisely invest the taxpayers’ hard-earned money. And by continuing current funding levels for the Department of Homeland Security, we allow the agency to maintain essential security functions for the next few months,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said.
Funding for programs within the 11 regular Appropriations bills were weighed individually and prioritized, with dollars targeted to the most important and effective programs, while lower-priority programs were cut. Also included in these 11 bills are important policy provisions to improve accountability and transparency, to ensure good government, and to put the brakes on harmful overregulation by federal agencies.
“This package makes the most of each and every dollar, roots out waste and abuse, reins in bureaucratic overreach, and provides stable funding for important national programs – including our national defense – for the remainder of the fiscal year. It reflects conservative priorities, yet it is also a compromise bill that can and should have wide bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. This is exactly the kind of legislation and bipartisan cooperation that the American people called for in the voting booths last month. Passage of this bill will show our people that we can and will govern responsibly,” Rogers continued.
Bill Highlights –Funding Level – The bill abides by all the terms set by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (the “Ryan-Murray Agreement”), providing a total of $1.013 trillion for the operation of the federal government, and meeting the $521 billion defense and $492 billion non-defense budget caps.
The legislation contains full funding for fiscal year 2015 for 11 of the 12 regular annual Appropriations bills, with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Homeland Security portion is funded under a temporary Continuing Resolution (CR). This CR maintains DHS funding at the current fiscal year 2014 level, and expires on February 27, 2015.
National Security – The Omnibus contains the fiscal year 2015 Defense Appropriations bill, providing funding for our nation’s security, military readiness, and resources for our troops at home and abroad. The bill will fund important Department of Defense programs and projects, a pay raise for our troops, and the advancement of our military operations to protect the nation from current and future threats.
The bill also includes $64 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding to provide needed resources and training for our troops in the field, to combat the threat presented by ISIL, to train and equip our Iraqi allies, and to reinforce European countries facing Russian aggression.Bolstering Job Creation and Reining in Bureaucratic Overreach – The legislation prioritizes funding for important programs that strengthen U.S. innovation and competitiveness, and that help our businesses thrive, such as small business loans, science research funding, resources to expedite domestic energy development, and critical infrastructure investments.
The bill also includes many provisions to rein in regulatory overreach that causes job loss and harm to our economy. Some of these provisions include:
ObamaCare – The bill provides no new funding for ObamaCare, and holds the line on funding for the IRS and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – the primary agencies responsible for the implementation of ObamaCare.
Life – The Omnibus maintains all existing pro-life policy and funding provisions that have been carried in Appropriations legislation in previous years, including the Hyde Amendment, a ban on public funding for abortions in the District of Columbia, and a ban on abortion funding for federal prisoners.
The bill also includes new language allowing states increased access to abstinence education funding, new language directing the HHS Secretary to increase the transparency of abortion coverage within federal exchange health care plans, and new language directing HHS to quickly respond to claims filed by health care providers on conscience clause violations.
Other Policy Provisions – Many other important policy provisions are included in the Omnibus, such as:
Savings and Oversight of Tax Dollars – The bill includes program cuts and oversight provisions to ensure the responsible use of taxpayer dollars. Some of these items include:
Omnibus Summaries – For summaries of the 11 Appropriations bills within the Omnibus, please visit the following:
For the full text of the bill and accompanying report, please visit: http://docs.house.gov/floor/.
“After months of thorough, business-like, sometimes tough but always civil negotiations, we have reached a responsible, bipartisan and bicameral agreement on funding for government operations for 2015. More than two months into the fiscal year, it’s time we end government on autopilot so we can turn our focus to meeting the day to day needs of Americans and long-range needs of the nation.
“This bill fulfills our constitutional duty to fund the government, preventing damage from shutdown politics that are bad for the economy, cost jobs and hurt middle class families. While not everyone got everything they wanted, such compromises must be made in a divided government. These are the tough choices that we must make to govern responsibly and do what the American people sent us here to do.
“As we close in on our December 11 deadline, we now ask that the House and Senate take up and pass this bill as soon as possible, and that the President sign it when it reaches his desk. The American people deserve the certainty of a continuously functioning and responsible government, and the knowledge that both parties in Congress have heard their demands and have worked cooperatively on their behalf.”
House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers gave the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement on his plan to provide amnesty for illegal immigrants tonight:
“With this new proposal, the President has once again demonstrated his willingness to act unilaterally - against the spirit of our Constitution, against the law of Congress, and against the will of the American people – to make misguided, unwarranted changes to our immigration laws.
“His flagrant disregard for our nation’s laws is not only disappointing but deeply unsettling – I won’t stand for it, and the American people won’t stand for it.
“The President’s proposal simply won’t solve the problems plaguing our nation’s immigration system – in fact, it may make things worse. Granting this kind of unilateral amnesty to illegal immigrants undermines the integrity of our laws, and at its core harms the thousands of people who have patiently waited their turn to immigrate to the United States legally.
“Rather than acting alone to extend this broad-reaching amnesty, the President should work with Congress on legislation that more completely addresses our nation’s broken immigration system, and he should start by turning back the tide of illegal immigration, fully enforcing our laws, and securing our borders – all which are crucial to any successful U.S. immigration policy.
“We have heard the collective outrage of the American people. Congress must fight this executive order tooth and nail through legislative means that will enact real change. ”
The House Republican Steering Committee today approved four new Republican Members to serve on the House Appropriations Committee in the 114th Congress:
Rep. David Jolly (FL-13)
Rep. Scott Rigell (VA-02)
Rep. Evan Jenkins (WV-03)
Rep. David Young (IA-03)
Chairman Hal Rogers welcomed the new additions to the committee.
“I welcome these new members and congratulate them on their approval by the Steering Committee. Serving on the Appropriations Committee is an honor and an enormous responsibility. It takes smarts, guts, and the strength and character to do the right thing and make the best possible decisions regarding the use of American tax dollars.
“The Committee has made historic strides over the last four years to roll back discretionary spending – to the tune of over $165 billion – and to enact good-government policies to stem over-regulation, provide strong oversight over federal agencies, and to keep federal budgets in line. These new members will be essential in continuing these efforts, and I know that their leadership will enable the Committee to continue our record of success. It is a pleasure to have these new members on board, and I look forward to serving with them in the 114th Congress,” Chairman Rogers said.
House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today announced that the Republican Steering Committee has approved the 12 Appropriations Subcommittee Chairs (or “Cardinals”) for the 114th Congress.
“Over the last four years, the Appropriations Committee has taken the lead in getting our budgets under control – cutting $165 billion in federal discretionary spending, one of the largest reductions in history. Even further, Appropriations bills that have been signed into law make a host of good-government changes to the way our federal agencies operate – reining in waste, abuse, and unnecessary bureaucratic over-regulation that harms our economy.
“The 12 Appropriations Subcommittee Chairmen are essential to this success. They lead the way in overseeing our federal agencies, and guide spending decisions to make the most responsible and effective use of American tax dollars. Over the next two years, we will have some big challenges and a full plate of ‘to-dos’ ahead of us as we continue to fight for stability, continuity, and responsibility in the federal budget process. These excellent Subcommittee Cardinals will be a tremendous benefit to our efforts. I congratulate them and look forward to working with them in the 114th Congress,” Chairman Rogers said.
The Subcommittee Chairs are as follows:
Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development – Chairman Robert Aderholt
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science – Chairman John Culberson
Subcommittee on Defense – Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen
Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development – Chairman Mike Simpson
Subcommittee on Financial Services – Chairman Ander Crenshaw
Subcommittee on Homeland Security – Chairman John Carter
Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment – Chairman Ken Calvert
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education – Chairman Tom Cole
Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch – Chairman Tom Graves
Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs – Chairman Charles Dent
Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations – Chairwoman Kay Granger
Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development – Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart
Today, the House Republican Conference elected Congressman Hal Rogers to a third term as Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations. Chairman Rogers made the following statement:
“I am honored and humbled that the Republican Conference has entrusted me to lead the Appropriations Committee for another two years,” Chairman Rogers said. “So far as Chairman, I have been proud to oversee the Committee’s important work funding federal government programs in a transparent, responsible way – saving the American taxpayer more than $165 billion over the past four years.
“I intend to continue these accomplishments in the next Congress. Through a return to regular order, our Committee can continue to cut wasteful spending, rein in the Obama Administration’s executive overreach, bring back responsible governing, and put our nation on a solid fiscal path.”
House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers has penned an opinion editorial for Roll Call newspaper, calling on Congress to act on a full 12-bill Omnibus Appropriations bill that will fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year and avoid a government shutdown. The following will appear in the November 18th issue of Roll Call:
Our Election Mandate – Bring No-Nonsense Governing, Regularity to the Federal Funding Process
““Elections have consequences” is an oft-used phrase following a watershed election, and given the large Republican gains in the Senate, House and in states across the country, this year has clearly been no exception. I believe a major “consequence” of this election is a loud and clear mandate from the American people for Washington to stop the gridlock, work together across ideological lines and start producing real accomplishments on their behalf.
The bottom line from the election is this: The American people want a government that works for them. They want action on the issues that are meaningful and important to the country and to their daily lives. They do not want, nor will tolerate any longer, the circular and corrosive politicking that has infected our system and that is designed for quick cable TV news bites and little else.
The best way for Congress to fulfill this mandate is to bring no-nonsense governing and regularity to the federal funding process. At the core, this means “regular order” for appropriations bills — enacting funding bills on time, and in a responsible, transparent and pragmatic way, without the specter of government shutdowns or the lurching, wasteful and unproductive budgeting caused by temporary stopgap measures.
The day-to-day work of the appropriations process isn’t always headline-grabbing, but it is essential to the basic functioning of our government. It is the head-down, nose–to-the-grindstone legislation that Congress can and should enact, but that has been stymied in the past few years by internal political battles, and, frankly, a Senate that largely refused to participate in the process.
However, to get back to this regular order in the new Congress, we have to first clear the decks on the leftover, current-year appropriations work. We are now months behind in completing these annual bills, and the current temporary measure keeping the lights on in our government will expire on Dec. 11.
Each and every one of these bills contains careful, line-by-line decisions on how, when and where to invest taxpayer dollars. They reflect up-to-date priorities and ongoing budgetary needs, and contain important and often hard-fought policy items that directly address current challenges facing our economy and our communities.
Every member Congress has had the opportunity to put an imprint on these bills, and to be the voice and legislative arm for their constituents on a wide array of issues. Remember, the House Appropriations Committee has approved 11 of these bills, and the House passed seven, largely on a bipartisan basis. In fact, this year alone, the House has spent more than 86 hours on appropriations bills, considering 412 amendments. And this doesn’t even include hundreds of hours of hearings, briefings and oversight efforts on these bills and every dollar they contain.
This is the work that our constituents sent us here to do. Punting on these important duties, or even worse, throwing them overboard by resorting to a long-term continuing resolution, would waste the progress we have made, would yet again put us on an uncertain and unstable fiscal path, and would eliminate our ability to meet changing needs. Worst of all, it would send a signal to the American people, just weeks after they told us to get our acts together, that we haven’t been listening.
From addressing global crises, to streamlining our tax code, to slicing red tape and regulations that hurt our economy, to enacting policies that will move our country forward, there will be an extraordinary amount of work to do when the new Congress convenes in January. But there simply won’t be the necessary political bandwidth available to address these pressing issues if Congress is bogged down in old battles and protracted to-do lists. That is why it is critical that we pass an omnibus appropriations bill before the end of the year that will close the books on fiscal 2015, responsibly fund the government and allow the next Congress to get off to a running start.
The mandate the American people gave us at voting booths this fall is to work together, to govern, to stop the punting and procrastinating, and to make the tough decisions and cast the hard votes to accomplish the tasks they sent us to Washington to do. Completing our lingering appropriations work quickly will help us fulfill this mandate both now and in the months to come.”
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