Congressional Appropriators continued negotiations on their FY14 appropriations bills the week of January 6, nearly completing the 12 bills that will comprise the $1.012 trillion FY14 omnibus spending package. Appropriations Committee Chairs worked through the weekend of January 11 and are working to release a completed bill on January 13.
Though work was finished on the two housing-related bills during the week of January 6, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies bill, and the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies bill, the full content of these bills and the final 302(b) Subcommittee allocations are not expected to be made public until the omnibus is finalized. House Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rogers (R-KY) is expected to move the omnibus bill to the House floor for debate as early as January 14.
But, appropriators do not expect to pass an omnibus by January 15, when the Continuing Resolution (CR) currently funding the government expires. Chair Rogers filed a short-term CR on January 10, which would allow Congress until January 18 to pass an omnibus. The House is expected to vote on the CR, H.J. Res. 106, on January 13, with the Senate taking up the resolution immediately after the House passes it.
Despite the House filing a CR extension, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has instructed federal agency heads to update departmental shutdown contingency plans in case Congress does not pass a CR by January 15 or resolve FY14 appropriations by January 18.
Despite earlier reports to the contrary, President Barack Obama’s FY15 proposed budget is now expected to be several weeks late again this year. The President is required to submit his budget request for the next fiscal year to Congress by the first Monday in February, but that day has slipped in recent years as Congress has delayed enactment of the current budget into the new year. During the week of January 6, OMB responded to federal departmental budget requests in what is known as the “passback.”