Federal Relations

May 3, 2017

House Passes Omnibus, Senate Next

The House just passed a sweeping FY 2017 Omnibus appropriations bill (H.R.244) to fund the government through Sept. 30. The House is sending the $1.07 trillion spending package over to the Senate for a vote later this week, likely Friday. The House vote was 309-118. The lengthy legislation comprises 11 unfinished appropriations bills, along with an intelligence authorization bill and other provisions.

The White House has formally backed the spending agreement, and the Senate is expected to clear the legislation as soon as Thursday. The bill must pass the Senate and be signed by midnight Friday or government funding under a continuing resolution would expire causing a shutdown.