The suites at the House Appropriations Committee will soon grow quiet after the panel saw its latest government spending stopgap passed by the House as one of the last items of business of the 114th Congress.
Rather than a huge omnibus containing the 11 bills the committee wrote, the measure the House passed is simply another continuing resolution, which appropriators compare to having the government on “autopilot.” Work on resurrecting the measures may resume in January, though lawmakers said it will be a struggle to advance them while also tackling next year’s budget.
Action on another CR was a frustrating end of Committee Chairman Hal Rogers’ six-year term, one marked by constant Republican Conference skirmishes over the discretionary spending levels his committee sets, particularly for non-defense programs.
“At the end of the day, a CR is simply a Band-Aid on a gushing wound,” Rogers said. “This is no way to run a railroad—it’s bad for Congress, bad for the federal government, and bad for our country.”
Rogers made clear he didn’t want the passage of the stopgap running to the end of April to obscure the work the committee put into developing the 12 regular appropriations bills each year for the past six years. Before the bill was passed Rogers reminded lawmakers of the committee’s ups and downs with a “by the numbers” reflection of his chairmanship.
Before the halls grew silent as the House departed Rogers joined the staff for a party that marked the end of his chairmanship. Attending was Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), who will chair the panel in the 115th Congress.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)