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house Bill H.R. 719

A Clean Bill to Keep the Government Open Through December 2015

Argument in favor

Congress needs more time to reach a longer term agreement. No one wants a government shutdown, and this stopgap is the best option lawmakers have.

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09/29/2015
“Republicans are once again taking us to the edge of a government shutdown, demanding we take away health care from the American people. Defunding Planned Parenthood would deny hundreds of thousands of Americans access to services such as birth control, cancer screenings, and STI tests." [sanders.senate.gov]
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09/29/2015
"No compromise on this. No backing up on this." [huffingtonpost.com]
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04/01/2015
This bill was co-opted, my original opinion is no longer applicable. Lame.
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Argument opposed

Congress has known the budget deadline for a long time coming — there are no excuses for not having a plan to fund the government past December.

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09/29/2015
"If the Republicans stuck together you could have done it with Obamacare also, but the Republicans decided not to stick together and they left a few people out there like Ted Cruz. If they had stuck together they wold have won that battle. I think you have to in this case [on Planned Parenthood] also, yes.” [politico.com]
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Forest 's Opinion
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02/14/2015
Again who is the over-site agency making sure one does what he or she is suppose to do. We have too much bureaucracy and not enough accountability.
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09/29/2015
There is never a convenient time for doing what is right. Planned parenthood has been caught red handed breaking several serious laws about infant organ trafficking and promoting abortion for profit. We need to press this issue now while it is still in the front of our public conscience. If the government shuts down congress can pass piecemeal sections of the budget until all is funded except planned parenthood. If supporters of planned parenthood are sure the organization did no wrong they can propose a full investigation be launched immediately to ascertain any wrongdoing and they can link planned parent hoods future funding to a full vindication by such panel. That will never happen however because supporters of planned parenthood know they carried on a culture of severe lawbreaking. Support for them is based on political loyalty rather than fidelity to rule of law, which can never stand in America.
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What is House Bill H.R. 719?

This resolution would fund the federal government through December 11, 2015. If Congress fails to authorize spending for fiscal year 2016 by the September 30, 2015 deadline, the federal government will enter a partial shutdown beginning on October 1, 2015. 

This bill, originally the TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2015, has been changed through the Senate amendment process to serve as the "legislative vehicle" for FY2016 Continuing Appropriations.  

Looming deadline situations like these often lead Congress to pass a continuing resolution, essentially keeping the government running at the same funding levels from the previous year.

Funding for the federal government would be capped to comply with the spending limits imposed by the Budget Control Act (a.k.a. the sequester) for fiscal year 2016 — a cool $1.017 trillion. Of this, $74.75 billion would be available for Overseas Contingency Operations (like military deployments). $700 million in emergency funding would also be set aside for wildfire suppression to help the western U.S.

Several expiring authorizations would be extended for the duration of the continuing resolution, including:

  • The Internet Tax Freedom Act: preventing the taxation of internet access by all levels of government;

  • E-Verify: a program used to verify whether workers are legally authorized to work in the U.S.;

  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): authorized for a total of six months — about four months longer than the continuing resolution.

There are other unique circumstances that this continuing resolution addresses related to programs that would have lapsed in the absence of funding, including:

Read a section by section analysis of the continuing resolution from the Senate Committee on Appropriations here.

Impact

Anyone who uses federal government services, anyone who works in government in both "essential" and "non essential" services, the federal government itself — particularly departments and programs that would close for a partial government shutdown, and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 719

$1.02 Billion
This bill would authorize spending levels from FY 2015 — with the addition of a $700 million addition for wildfire suppression. As the CBO notes, this bill would provide budget authority for a total of $1,016,582 million — with spending caps on defense spending at $523,091 million and non defense spending capped at $493,491 million.

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Of Note: Since 2001, Congress has used 55 continuing resolutions to sustain funding for federal programs — 21 of which were used on the 2001 federal budget alone.


In-Depth: Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, noted that the stalled appropriations process has brought Congress to the brink of a government shutdown: 

“For the first time in six years, the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved all twelve of our funding bills.  All were written in a bipartisan manner, and most passed with significant Democratic support. The Committee crafted these bills to reflect the nation’s changing priorities and new realities. ... The Senate’s repeated failure to debate and pass appropriations bills is an abdication of a fundamental congressional responsibility. The minority party’s refusal to allow a vote on these bills has forced us to pass a Continuing Resolution just to maintain the most rudimentary operations of government. ”

In June 2015 Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that he and fellow Senate Democrats would block the entire appropriations process unless an agreement was made to lift spending caps imposed by the 2011 sequester. Republicans are willing to lift the caps on defense spending, but are reluctant to raise the limits on other discretionary spending because of deficit concerns. 

Democrats in Congress and President Obama disagree, and the President has vowed to veto any budget that doesn’t eliminate the spending caps. Sequestration caps were lowered during the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years, but without Congressional action, they will be in full effect for the fiscal years 2016 - 2023.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Flickr user JD Hancock)

AKA

Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016

Official Title

To require the Transportation Security Administration to conform to existing Federal law and regulations regarding criminal investigator positions, and for other purposes.

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  • EnactedSeptember 30th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed September 30th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 78 Yea / 20 Nay
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • The house Passed September 30th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 277 Yea / 151 Nay
      house Committees
      Transportation and Maritime Security
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedFebruary 4th, 2015

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    “Republicans are once again taking us to the edge of a government shutdown, demanding we take away health care from the American people. Defunding Planned Parenthood would deny hundreds of thousands of Americans access to services such as birth control, cancer screenings, and STI tests." [sanders.senate.gov]
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    "If the Republicans stuck together you could have done it with Obamacare also, but the Republicans decided not to stick together and they left a few people out there like Ted Cruz. If they had stuck together they wold have won that battle. I think you have to in this case [on Planned Parenthood] also, yes.” [politico.com]
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    "No compromise on this. No backing up on this." [huffingtonpost.com]
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    This bill was co-opted, my original opinion is no longer applicable. Lame.
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    No shutdown to defund Planned Parenthood. However ....... Both parties are fully aware of the time restraints placed on bringing forth and PASSING a budget. Only with the elimination of gerrymandering, establishing common sense election finance reform and starting with a new house and senate will the people have a voting voice that matters.
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    Again who is the over-site agency making sure one does what he or she is suppose to do. We have too much bureaucracy and not enough accountability.
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    "Shutting down the government over defunding Planned Parenthood is not how democracy works." Read more at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/sep/27/jeb-bush-gop-presidential-candidate-government-shu/
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    There is never a convenient time for doing what is right. Planned parenthood has been caught red handed breaking several serious laws about infant organ trafficking and promoting abortion for profit. We need to press this issue now while it is still in the front of our public conscience. If the government shuts down congress can pass piecemeal sections of the budget until all is funded except planned parenthood. If supporters of planned parenthood are sure the organization did no wrong they can propose a full investigation be launched immediately to ascertain any wrongdoing and they can link planned parent hoods future funding to a full vindication by such panel. That will never happen however because supporters of planned parenthood know they carried on a culture of severe lawbreaking. Support for them is based on political loyalty rather than fidelity to rule of law, which can never stand in America.
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    Planned Parenthood must be defunded even if the government has to be permanently shut down. This is a non-negotiable "red line".
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    As a federal employee, I just want to be employed fully. As a citizen, I'm disgusted it got to this point.
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    There is but one rule. Hunt, or be hunted.
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    its not right to kill babies.
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    Shutting the Government down will mostly hurt the middle class, not the wealthy.
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    Planned Parenthood is too important to be defunded.
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    Stop funding for planed parenthood. The selling of baby parts is illegal and shameful. Let Obama shut down the government if he wants to
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    Enough is enough. Congress has to get the house in order and stop holding its constituents hostage.
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    Shut it down.
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    If they are not doing their work, they shouldn't be retained.
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    We have not seen any evifence that TSA has ever improved public safety.
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    The Congress should use the power of the purse to stand up & not fund Planned Parenthood, even if it means a government shutdown.
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