On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the House will begin consideration of H.J.Res. 124, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015, under a rule. H.J.Res. 124 was introduced on September 9, 2014 by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations.
H.J.Res. 124 funds government operations at the current funding level of $1.012 trillion through December 11, 2014. This legislation continues policies contained in existing appropriations law, makes no large changes to existing federal policy, and contains no new controversial riders. Additionally, H.J.Res. 124 includes a limited number of adjustments needed to “prevent catastrophic, irreversible, or detrimental changes to government programs; to address current national or global crises; or to ensure good government.” Provisions include:
- Language extending expiring Department of Defense activities, including counter-drug operations, support to the Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq, and rewards for assistance in combatting terrorism.
- Language continuing a surge in funding for State Department programs to counter regional aggression toward Ukraine and other former Soviet Union countries.
- Language ensuring appropriate treatment of veterans and continued oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs, such as additional funds for disability claims processing, and funds for investigations into potential improper conduct including “waitlist” and “whistleblower” allegations.
- Language allowing funding flexibility for Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to maintain staffing levels, border security operations, detention space, and immigration enforcement activities.
- Language addressing the recent Ebola crisis, including additional funding to accelerate HHS research on Ebola therapies, and additional funding for the Centers for Disease Control’s response to the growing outbreak in Africa.
- Language allowing additional funds to offset food price increases in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program to ensure that no current recipients are removed from the program.
- Language allowing funding flexibility to maintain weather satellite programs, ensuring the continuation of data for weather warnings and forecasts, including forecasts of severe weather events.
- Language allowing the continuation of current funding for the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program.
- Language extending the operating authority for the Export-Import Bank through June 30, 2015.
- Language extending the Internet Tax Freedom Act through the period of the CR ending on December 11, 2014.
This legislation would maintain the current FY 2014 funding level of $1.012 trillion.
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