Lawmakers Make Power Play Against Trump Admin On Omnibus


Finance and Health Care Reporter

Congress expanded funding given to federal agencies President Donald Trump promised to gut by billions of dollars in the newly drafted bi-partisan legislation intended to keep the government from shutting down.

The House Appropriations Committee released the 2017 fiscal Omnibus Appropriations bill Monday, a piece of legislation that keeps the government solvent through Sept. 30, 2017. What is clear from Monday’s legislation is lawmakers did not strictly adhere to Trump’s policy preferences for the budget, and increased funding for federal agencies Trump sought to cut.

Trump pledged in his budgetary proposal for the 2018 fiscal year, called Blueprint To Make America Great Again, to cut funding for a number of federal agencies, including the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities (NEA). Trump’s proposal would have slashed $1.2 billion from the NIH’s budget and totally eliminated funding the NEA.

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William Hicks

Considering we don’t have a republican federal legislator to complain to, I guess we just have to bend over and take it.

William Hicks

Anything spending legislation with the name OMNIBUS in it should make your sphincter tighten up.