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house Bill H. Joint Res. 124

Avoiding Another Government Shutdown: The Temporary Stopgap Spending Bill

Argument in favor

It's not perfect, but authorizing funding without any controversial add-ons beats another government shutdown.

Bfallen07's Opinion
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09/12/2015
Something needs to stop these these spending crazies!
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paulloebe's Opinion
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08/26/2015
Collective bargaining is one of the only protections with workers. Do you stand with workers?
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Anna's Opinion
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02/27/2015
Don't cave to Obama's executive amnesty. Dont Shut DownOur Security. If you do support this and amnesty passes, it will be the end of the Republican Party... that's a guarantee.
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Argument opposed

Congress can't keep putting bandaids on huge problems. They need to hunker down and actually agree on a long-term budget.

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02/11/2015
No one was upset about the last shutdown but the Democrats. Now we have the fight to stop the amnesty and I'm not so sure that the Republicans want it stopped either. DO YOU REMEMBER WHO YOU WORK FOR, YOU WORK FOR ME AND ALL OTHER TAX PAYERS, NOT REP. PARTY OR OBAMA
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William's Opinion
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06/03/2015
Stop with the short term get buys do your job and do it right past the budget
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Ashley's Opinion
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01/26/2017
No. You know this is wrong. Do you ever try to sympathize with those being affected?
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  • EnactedSeptember 19th, 2014
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed September 18th, 2014
    Roll Call Vote 78 Yea / 22 Nay
  • The house Passed September 17th, 2014
    Roll Call Vote 319 Yea / 108 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
      Committee on the Budget
    IntroducedSeptember 9th, 2014

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What is House Bill H. Joint Res. 124?

This bill (a continuing resolution) is considered a short term fix to prevent a government shutdown at the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2014. 

H.J.Res. 124 authorizes funding for government programs and services at the current annual cap rate of $1.012 trillion until December 11, 2014. This rate would continue until December, or until Congress agrees in an annual Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015. 

Sponsoring Rep. Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) says that his bill is “clean” — as in, it doesn't have any controversial add-ons. The only add-in to note is additional  funding to address the rampant Ebola outbreak in Africa: 

"We have reached the point where a Continuing Resolution is necessary to keep the government functioning and avoid another shutdown...This bill is free of controversial riders, maintains current levels, and does not seek to change existing federal policies. However, this is a temporary, imperfect measure that does not reflect the changing needs of the nation or new budget priorities. In order to adequately address the country’s real and urgent budgetary requirements, it is imperative that Congress fulfill its Constitutional duty and enact actual, line-by-line Appropriations legislation for the next fiscal year."

H.J.Res 124 does include some changes to existing law that are funded within the limits set by the bill: 

  • Extending the expiration date of some Department of Defense programs like,  counter-drug operations, Security Cooperation support in Iraq, and rewards for assistance in combatting terrorism.
  • Continuing funding for State Department programs that combat aggression  toward Ukraine and other former Soviet Union countries.
  • Ensuring the appropriate treatment of veterans and supporting the continued oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs. This would include additional funding for processing disability claims, and investigations into allegations of improper conduct with wait lists and whistle blowing. 
  • Giving the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) support for maintaining their staff, security operations/immigration enforcement, and detention spaces.
  • Sending money to combat the Ebola crisis, including additional funding for research on Ebola therapies the Centers for Disease Control’s response to the growing outbreak in Africa.
  • Setting aside funds to offset food price increases in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program to ensure that no current recipients are removed from the program.
  • Maintaining a weather satellite programs, ensuring the continuation of data for weather warnings and forecasts, including forecasts of severe weather events.
  • Continued funding for the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program.
  • Authorizing the operations of the Export-Import Bank through June 30, 2015.
  • Extending the Internet Tax Freedom Act until December 11, 2014.

Impact

Anyone living in the U.S., the Federal Government.

Cost of House Bill H. Joint Res. 124

$1.01 Million
The bill provides funding at the current annual rate of $1.012 trillion. A CBO cost estimate showed spending limits for 2015 at: $521,272 million for the defense category, $492,356 for the non-defense category — for a total of $1,013,628 million.

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In Depth: 

The legislation is expected to win approval in the House, passing the decision onto the Senate, where it is also expected to pass. Many are hoping that it will pass to avoid a government shutdown — like the 17-day one that happened in October 2013. 

Some people, like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), have threatened to block the bill's passage. Cruz was one of the provocateurs of 2013's shutdown, upset over President Obama's health care law. This time, Cruz is up in arms about immigration policy — saying he wants language in H.J. Res 124 that repeals the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 


Media: 

Rep. Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) Press Release




(Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

AKA

Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015

Official Title

Making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.

    No one was upset about the last shutdown but the Democrats. Now we have the fight to stop the amnesty and I'm not so sure that the Republicans want it stopped either. DO YOU REMEMBER WHO YOU WORK FOR, YOU WORK FOR ME AND ALL OTHER TAX PAYERS, NOT REP. PARTY OR OBAMA
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    No. You know this is wrong. Do you ever try to sympathize with those being affected?
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    You voted wrong!
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    Stop with the short term get buys do your job and do it right past the budget
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    Don't cave to Obama's executive amnesty. Dont Shut DownOur Security. If you do support this and amnesty passes, it will be the end of the Republican Party... that's a guarantee.
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    I am for a temp stop gap bill, but if obama refuses to get on board with the constitution, reduce govt spending and bureaucracies, and give this country back to WE THE PEOPLE, then I say SHUT IT DOWN!
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    Avoid the shutdown and actually do what you're paid to do. Run the government. But fund the thing too. Jesus.
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    Pay the workers but it will stop the paying out of huge sums while there is noone there to write the checks. SS should work without a person writing the checks. I paid for it already.
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    #SaveCHIP #SaveDreamers #SaveDACA It is about lives and futures! America is better than this. No CR without #DACA and #CHIP
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    Something needs to stop these these spending crazies!
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    Collective bargaining is one of the only protections with workers. Do you stand with workers?
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    It is time to make the tough decisions to come up with a balanced budget. There are so many foolish expenditures that could be reduced or eliminated. And I don't mean aim immediately for the defense budget. Let's cut Social Security checks going to people who died ten years ago - but the family really appreciates the checks. Let's review who is fraudulently on SSI. Let's limit SSI for addicts to 18 months, and require they go into rehab and get sober. Addiction is cureable so why do we accept their being disabled in perpetuity? Let's cut the budget of non-essential agencies 5% across the board and let them make the cuts. Lots of alternatives to deficit spending year after year.
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