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House Passes Spending Bill To Fund Part Of Government For 2024

The House on Wednesday passed a spending bill that funds part of the federal government for fiscal year 2024, ending a lengthy process that has led to multiple continuing resolutions since Sept. 30 to avert a government shutdown.

Congressional leaders of both parties and both chambers announced On February 28, an agreement to pass two spending bills, each consisting of six appropriations bills, commonly known as “.minibus” The bill would provide funding to the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2024. beginning These bills would provide funding to the federal departments of Justice, Commerce, Energy, Interior, Veterans Affairs, Agriculture, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development through September 30, 2024. passed it The House passed the bill by a vote of 339 to 85. (Related: New spending bill would cut backlogged immigration court funding)

“This has been a long process. Although the deadline has passed, we are very pleased that we have finally reached the stage where we are beyond acquisition. [fiscal year 2024] Once done, turn your attention to [fiscal year 2025]” House Speaker Mike Johnson told the Daily Caller News Foundation on Wednesday. “It takes a long time to turn an aircraft carrier around, but we are doing it now.”

Consolidated budget… by Daily Caller News Foundation

At the beginning of the 118th Congress, House Republicans said: promised Congress would consider and pass 12 single spending bills separately, as opposed to the consolidated “omnibus” bills passed by the Democratic-led Congress in the past.while at home passed it Seven spending bills were passed individually, while the remaining five bills were not. Withdrawn And within days of the closure deadline, we passed four continuing resolutions.

“We have $34 trillion in assets. [debt]. So next year, the interest payments alone we'll have to pay will exceed our entire annual defense spending, or $900 billion. This is intolerable,” Republican Rep. Cory Mills of Florida told DCNF on Wednesday. “We're facing a leadership crisis across the government, from the executive branch to the legislative branch… There's no appetite to really address important issues.” [of spending]”

The bill includes several things Prohibited matter Regarding the use of federal funds. They include restrictions on the FBI's use of funds to investigate parents who protest at school board meetings.

“What you're seeing is that Democrats continue to fund things that the American people don't want. But with such a short majority in the House of Representatives, it's hard to object to this. It’s difficult,” Wyoming Republican Congresswoman Harriet Hageman told DCNF. “I would agree to cut federal spending in Washington, D.C., by 10, 15, 20 percent across the board, and then we would push for border security.

Bulk billing criticized to include more people Targeted spending provisionscommonly known as “Earmarks,” allocates taxpayer funds to district-based projects selected by its members.

“That's $12.7 billion, more than the state of Texas had to spend on border security to do the job the federal government wouldn't do,” Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy told DCNF. he said.

“We're going to spend more money than Ms. Pelosi, get zero or a precious few of the riders who passed hundreds of amendments, and try to sell the ones we got.” A big win. ” said Roy. “Republican leadership owes defense spending, Ukraine spending, and FISA.”

Meanwhile, Republican Representative Dusty Johnson of South Dakota defended the bill as a “realistic” compromise given that Democrats control the Senate.

“The idea that Republicans are going to achieve everything they want in an environment where they only have one-half or one-third of the federal government is a little hard to imagine. That would be great. All I needed was a magic wand. ,” Johnson told DCNF. “The reality is that this bill would cut $200 billion in non-Defense and Veterans Affairs spending over budget. That's an amazing accomplishment…a 10% cut in the EPA, an 8% cut in the ATF, If you look at the 95% reduction in FBI construction accounting…these are definitely important first steps.”

The Senate is expected to pass a consolidation bill by March 8, the deadline to fund the aforementioned departments ahead of a partial shutdown.

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