House, Senate Pass Short-Term Funding Bill

Categories: Budget

The House late Thursday night passed a consolidated funding bill to keep most federal agencies running until September, 2015. The Department of Homeland Security, however, is only funded through February. The House and the Senate then passed a two-day funding bill after the House vote, averting a government shutdown and allowing the Senate more time to work through procedural rules.

“AFGE is pleased that a catastrophic government shutdown will likely be avoided with the passage of this crucial funding measure,” said AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. “We urge the Senate to waste no time in passing its version so the cloud of a potential government shutdown is lifted for the remainder of the fiscal year.”

A few highlights in the so-called Cromnibus:

  • A 1% pay raise for federal employees, including wage-grade employees.
  • A government-wide ban on the use of A-76 privatization process. This A-76 provision was sponsored by staunch federal employee supporter Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland.
  • Report language prohibiting the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) from transferring its functions to another agency until the secretary of defense provides a report and certifies that the plan would save money and increase efficiencies.
  • A section providing that none of the omnibus’s funding may be used to relocate any asset management positions of HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing. 

“With the FY2015 appropriations process mostly behind us, Congress must immediately turn its attention to cancelling the reckless sequester cuts set to resume late next year,” President Cox said. “Government services the American people rely on have already been cut to the bone. Slashing hundreds of billions more over the next several years will cripple key services, kill hundreds of thousands of jobs, and devastate local economies all across America.”

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