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house Bill H.R. 2250

Waiting for the Omnibus: Funding the Federal Government for Five More Days

Argument in favor

A short-term budget resolution will give Congress five extra days — not only to finalize omnibus appropriations for 2016, but also ensure that the final omnibus bill can navigate the legislative process.

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05/20/2015
Screw you you need a pay cut. Down to minimum wage only for the hours you actually work to a maximum of 40 hours a week.
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Eric's Opinion
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05/21/2015
In addition, members of congress and the senate should not be allowed to make more money than the median wage in their district. That should include their congressional pay, investments, book, deals, and speaking fees. They would better understand the needs of their constituents if they had to live and work like them.
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05/19/2015
I work for the government as a civil service employee for the Department of the Air Force. I don't think it's fair for us to have a pay freeze and then congress votes a pay raise. It's practically unfair and unjustified for us while everyone else is making a lot more than we are
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If Congress had just met the arbitrary deadline they set for themselves this bill wouldn’t be necessary. Congress needs to be held accountable for its procrastination and not given extra outs any time they can't agree.

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06/21/2015
Can we talk about the fact that Congress STILL has the power to co-opt bills?
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Bill's Opinion
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05/19/2015
Seven years without a pay increase is not tolerable for anyone in this free country of ours
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Mary's Opinion
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05/21/2015
Stop spending $$$. Do the job you were hired to do, balance the budget and then we will see about a raise. Stop borrowing from China, tighten your belts and pay down /off the U.S. Debt
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What is House Bill H.R. 2250?

Update December 10, 2015: This bill was co-opted through the Senate's amendment process to serve as the legislative vehicle for a short-term budget extension after passing the House in May in its initial form. Originally, this bill served as the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2016. Upon amending this bill, the Senate voted in favor of the revised legislation and now must go back to the House to be passed in its amended form. The House had previously introduced its own version of the amended bill.

This bill would fund the federal government for five additional days to give congressional negotiators time to reach an agreement on an omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2016. Funding is currently set to expire on Friday, December 11, 2015. This legislation would move the deadline to midnight on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.

There would be no changes to existing spending during this five-day extension, which would be in effect until midnight on Dec. 16 or when appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2016 is enacted — whichever happens first.

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Government operations, federal agencies and those receiving funding from the federal government, anyone who uses or contributes to government services, and public approval ratings for Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2250

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In-Depth:  This bill was introduced by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and passed by the Senate shortly after Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) introduced an identical bill in the House to give congressional negotiators more time to finalize an omnibus appropriations bill:

“While progress is being made on negotiations for a full-year omnibus appropriations bill, it is clear that more time is needed to complete the package. This short-term funding resolutions will keep the lights on in government and maintain current operations for a few days so Congress can complete and pass an agreement. It is my hope and expectation that a final, year-long bill will be enacted before this new deadline.”

The final omnibus appropriations bill will authorize more than $1.1 trillion in federal spending, but it has been difficult for Republicans and Democrats in Congress to reach an agreement on how that funding will be spent. Part of this has been over policy riders disagreements. Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (R-WI) noted that the December 11th deadline has complicated the process, but that Republicans are:

“not going let the arbitrary December 11th deadline stop us from getting this right. We are going to get the best agreement we can possibly get…We know that we are going to get it right rather than get it done fast.”

The White House has threatened to veto any spending package that contains ideological policy riders, and that a short-term extension would only be granted by President Obama for period long enough to complete the writing of a bill.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: "Diving off a deck into the Great South Bay of Long Island" by David Shankbone. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons)

AKA

Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016

Official Title

Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016.

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  • EnactedDecember 11th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed December 10th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
  • The house Passed May 19th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 357 Yea / 67 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedMay 12th, 2015

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    Screw you you need a pay cut. Down to minimum wage only for the hours you actually work to a maximum of 40 hours a week.
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    Can we talk about the fact that Congress STILL has the power to co-opt bills?
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    In addition, members of congress and the senate should not be allowed to make more money than the median wage in their district. That should include their congressional pay, investments, book, deals, and speaking fees. They would better understand the needs of their constituents if they had to live and work like them.
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    I work for the government as a civil service employee for the Department of the Air Force. I don't think it's fair for us to have a pay freeze and then congress votes a pay raise. It's practically unfair and unjustified for us while everyone else is making a lot more than we are
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    Suck it up. Can't accomplish what you were voted in to do, then no pay for you! Try working on minimum wage you bums. It's not a club membership it's a job you were voted into. You can just as easily be voted out.
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    Let me see: Congressional Base Pay is $174,000 a year in 2015; the U.S. median household income is about $54,000 as of last March. Hmm...I say Congress people should learn to live like the rest of us so that they can represent us better.
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    Congress pay should be cut and term limits imposed to prevent career politicians. New people with fresh ideas are required to prevent the decline of a society as we are seeing in our country now. Congress is a public service job, not a career. Pay should be comisserate with average middle class income.
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    Seven years without a pay increase is not tolerable for anyone in this free country of ours
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    Lol the against side said congress needs a raise. 😆😂 They'll get a raise when they get stuff done. And with the way it's looking now, I'll get promoted to editor in chief before they get their 💩 together.
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    Stop spending $$$. Do the job you were hired to do, balance the budget and then we will see about a raise. Stop borrowing from China, tighten your belts and pay down /off the U.S. Debt
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    It would make them so much less likely to shut down the government instead of working together
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    As inefficient as Congress is, we still need both parties to cooperate and come to an agreement on funding our government.
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    Congress is so overpaid it's a joke. They receive their full salary as pension, as well as their kids, and the starting salary is over 70,000 a year. And we wonder why our taxes are so much, it's going to things and people these criminals. Congress should be paid based on US approval, if they don't do a good job they get no money, because they WORK FOR US.
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    Government spending must be reduced across the board, gradually each year.
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    When haven't done your job, you don't get paid. You've all become millionaires while the middle class stagnates. Stop helping yourselves, and help the people you chose to represent.
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    Congressional pay should always be exactly 10 times minimum wage. BAM!
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    A pay raise for Congress? They must be kidding
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    They get paid enough for doing absolutely nothing.
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    Members of Congress should not receive pay in the first place. They should earn a living like the rest of us and SERVE for the duration of a term.
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    NOT UNTIL THE 30 YEAR FLAT SALARY PROBLEM HAS BEEN FULLY RESOLVED. NO ONE SHOULD GET ANOTHER RAISE UNTIL ALL WORKERS ARE EARNING A LIVABLE WAGE ON A 40 HOUR WORK WEEK....
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