Today, the House passed a Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Omnibus Appropriations measure (H.R. 3354) by a vote of 211-198. The $1.23 trillion appropriations measure combines all individual appropriations bills, and was considered on the House floor, despite a three-month Continuing Resolution keeping agencies funded through December 8th being enacted prior to its debate and passage.
Over 900 amendments were filed, with hundreds considered and debated. NTEU is proud to report success in prevailing in our position with the following amendments:
- The passage of the bipartisan Representatives Cartwright (D-PA) and Cole (R-OK) amendment (Division D #49) to insert language to require a government-wide moratorium on A-76 competitions that would otherwise threaten federal jobs with outsourcing;
- The passage of the bipartisan Representatives Amodei (R-NV) and Aguilar (D-CA) amendment (Division D #2) to strike language subjecting the NCUA to the appropriations process;
- The defeat of several amendments offered by Representative Blackburn to cut agency budgets across-the-board by one percent (Divisions A #12; D #28; and F #105) including the IRS, EPA, NPS, and HHS;
- The defeat of an amendment (Division D #29) by Representative Mitchell (R-MI) that would have slashed IRS Enforcement funds by over $480 million and cut $33 million from BFS; and
- The defeat of an amendment (Division A #64) offered by Representative Norman (R-SC) to gut the EPA by $1.8 billion.
The appropriations measure now heads to the U.S. Senate where it faces significant uncertainty, given opposition to reduced House-funding levels for many agencies, and the fact that this bill violates the Budget Control Act’s (P.L. 112-25) statutory defense and non-defense discretionary spending levels for FY 2018, and which requires a separate change in law to alter. NTEU has championed an end to the so-called sequester that has harmed overall civilian agency funding levels.
NTEU will continue to advocate for higher funding levels for the remainder of FY 2018, as well as on other agency-specific issues, with our allies in the U.S. Senate, and as part of any potential spending deal in December.