Spending BIll Highlights
Posted at 9:53 a.m. on Jan. 14
Ed O’Keefe sifts through the details of the Senate’s $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill to determine winners and losers. Highlights:
Abortion: The bill once again bans the use of federal funding to perform most abortions.
ACA: The agreement doesn’t provide any new funding to implement the health-care law and maintains current funding levels at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Airport Security: The Department of Homeland Security will take a $336 million cut in funding, with most of the reductions at the Transportation Security Administration.
Disaster Funding: $6.55 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund used by FEMA to provide assistance to affected individuals and city and state governments.
EPA: Democrats successfully blocked attempts by Republicans to block the agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions and to repeal new clean water regulations.
Guns and Ammo: There’s language prohibiting various import and export criteria related to firearms; restrictions on “Fast and Furious” gun-running programs; Democrats also stopped Republicans from blocking gun sellers from reporting multiple sales of rifles or shotguns to the same person; and more funding fro National Instant Criminal Background Checks.
Head Start: $8.6 billion allotted for the program, a $1.025 billion increase.
Immigration: $2.8 billion for detention programs operated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Democrats successfully blocked GOP attempts to prohibit the Justice Department from using federal funds to mount legal challenges to state immigration laws.
Military Pay: 1% pay increase.
The Weather: $5.3 billion for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
For personal sifting, see CQ Roll Call’s handy All Things Omnibus: 2014 that includes all coverage on the spending bill.