U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) and the entire House of Representatives voted on the fiscal year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill, legislation that will provide discretionary funding for the federal government for the current fiscal year.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) and the entire House of Representatives voted on the fiscal year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill, legislation that will provide discretionary funding for the federal government for the current fiscal year.
The bill includes full Appropriations legislation and funding for the twelve annual Appropriations bills through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2016. This level reflects the increased domestic discretionary funding provided by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. In addition, the legislation includes a myriad of important policy items to stop waste and abuse, increase transparency and accountability, and halt administrative overreach.
The package also contains emergency Global War on Terror (GWOT) and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding to conduct successful military operations and maintain a well-equipped and prepared military force. This funding will be especially useful in combatting increased threats from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other U.S. enemies.
In addition to the twelve Appropriations bills, the package contains additional provisions such as Visa Waiver program reforms and lifts the ban on U.S. oil exports.
Following passage of the bill, Congressman David G. Valadao, Member of the House Committee on Appropriations made the following statement:
“Our nation faces tough challenges that require difficult decision making. However, this bill provides responsible funding for nearly all aspects of the federal government. While this agreement is not perfect, it will help grow our economy and create jobs.”
“While a large scale spending package is not the ideal way to provide funding for the federal government, it will enable Congress to responsibly fund the government, avoiding a shutdown. It is also important to remember that this legislation is the result of hundreds of hours of work from the House Committee on Appropriations. My colleagues and I on the Committee have held more than 100 hearings and approved each individual funding bill through an open process, ensuring our constituents needs are represented.”
“In addition to many national achievements, the bill also includes provisions that will greatly benefit the Central Valley such as more than $86 million in funding for NAS Lemoore, $1.4 billion in funding for law enforcement programs that will benefit our local law enforcement agencies, and $9 billion for Head Start programs. The bill also provides no federal funding for California High Speed Rail.”
Highlights of the bill include:
- Funding Level – The bill abides by all the terms set by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which was enacted on November 2. The legislation provides a total of $1.149 trillion in base and Global War on Terror (GWOT)/Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding for the operations of the federal government, meeting the $548 billion defense and $518 billion non-defense base budget caps.
The bill includes $73.7 billion GWOT/OCO funding to provide needed resources and training for our troops in the field, to combat the threat of ISIL and other enemies around the world, to support U.S. allies, and to support diplomatic missions.
- Timing – The funding included in the bill will extend to the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2016.
- Policy Items – The legislation includes many policy items to help rein in bureaucratic and regulatory overreach, to protect the rights of Americans, and to encourage economic growth and job creation. For details of these items, please see the summaries below.
The Omnibus spending package passed in the U.S. house of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 316 - 113 on Friday, December 18, 2015.
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.