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Appropriators Push for Passage of FY 2015 Omnibus Spending Bill

With House Republican’s expanding their majority by a minimum of twelve members and Senate Republican’s attaining a majority of at least 52 members (several House races remain unsettled, as well as the Louisiana and Alaska Senate seats), the current House and Senate leaders may decide that passing an omnibus spending bill will best serve the interest of both parties. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) said he is pushing for an omnibus approach to finish fiscal year (FY) 2015 in order to give the Republican majority a “clean slate” in the new congress to begin crafting a budget plan for FY 2016. If congressional leaders cannot achieve a consensus on this approach, another continuing resolution (CR) could be taken up to extend FY 2015 funding beyond the current December 11th deadline. How the $6 billion request by the Administration to address the Ebola crisis will be dealt with in the House is also unclear. The Administration said that about $4.5 billion would be used for immediate response needs, including testing multiple Ebola treatments simultaneously, and that $1.5 billion would be assigned to a contingency fund. Overall the President told Congress that the additional Ebola funds would be used “to contain and end the outbreak at its source in Africa, enhance domestic preparedness, speed the procurement and testing of vaccines and therapeutics, and accelerate global capability to prevent the spread of future infectious diseases.”

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