The House Appropriations Committee dealt a significant budget blow to the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday as lawmakers debated the agency’s role in the water crisis surrounding Flint, Michigan.
A House Appropriations subcommittee delivered a major setback to the funding of a consolidated Department of Homeland Security headquarters campus on Wednesday.
Federal employees are one-step closer to a 1.6 percent pay raise in 2017 as the $21.7 billion Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill passed out of subcommittee.
VA has paused development on “VistA Evolution,” the program it’s been using for the last several years to modernize its existing electronic health records with help from the open source community.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen pledged improved customer service, tougher enforcement and stronger cybersecurity for the agency as it looks for $11.8 billion in 2017 funding.
While a continuing resolution seems likely in the waning days of the short-term spending bill the government is currently operating under, federal employees once again have found themselves looking over their shoulders for any sign of a shutdown.
Congress gets back from recess Sept. 8. Rumors are already flying over what kind of budget resolution Congress will consider. Bloomberg Government reports House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) is working with the Office of Management and Budget on a list of non-spending items that would get attached to a short-term continuing resolution. It would keep the government open after the end of the fiscal year. Tamar Hallerman is an appropriations reporter at Roll Call. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the likelihood of a short term CR, and news of a possible year long CR.
The House Appropriations Committee approved the Homeland Security appropriations bill, which is $2.1 billion or 5 percent less than what President Barack Obama asked for in his Fiscal Year 2016 budget request.
The IRS would face even greater financial constraints and federal building construction would grind nearly to a halt under a $20.2 billion FY 2016 spending bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee.
The administration criticized the House appropriations framework that would implement sequestration funding levels for non-Defense agencies, while using Overseas Contingency Operations funds to pay for base Defense spending.