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house Bill H.R. 2028

Funding the Federal Government Until April 2017 and Disaster Relief

Argument in favor

Congress needs to pass this stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown on December 9. This is a very inefficient way to run a government, but at the end of the day the government needs money to function. An extension of this length gives the Trump administration a chance to draft and pass its own budget next year.

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04/27/2015
I believe we need to fund in clean water and have energy research. however I have issues with fracking since it has proven so far to destroy precious land and water and has increased earthquakes in area
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04/27/2015
This bill will appropriate 1.7 billion dollars to renewable energy, significantly more than coal and oil. It's clearly moving in the right direction and must therefore be endorsed simply by principle and knowledge of progress.
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05/02/2015
There's a hole in the bucket dear liza, dear liza, there's a hole in the bucket.
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Argument opposed

Aside from the fact that it’s another short-term spending bill that kicks the can down the road, there’s a lot to dislike about this bill. It falls short of what’s needed to support communities affected by lead-tainted drinking water, suffering from the effects of drought and natural disasters, and coal miners who would lose their healthcare coverage.

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04/28/2015
Renewable energy should receive preference over dirty energy.
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04/29/2015
This problematic bill with many good elements is a clear example of the U.S. Government bureaucracy making a mess of what should be a simple process.
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04/28/2015
Let's stop undoing the work done to create cleaner air & water. We must find better renewable power sources!
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bill Progress


  • EnactedDecember 10th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed May 12th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 90 Yea / 8 Nay
      senate Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
  • The house Passed May 1st, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 240 Yea / 177 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedApril 24th, 2015

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What is House Bill H.R. 2028?

Update December 7, 2016: This bill was co-opted through the amendment process to serve as the legislative vehicle for a spending package to fund the federal government. Originally, it served as an appropriations bill that would have provided over $35 billion in funding for fiscal year 2016 to the Army Corps of Engineers, nuclear security programs, and various federal energy, environment, and water programs.

In its current form, this bill funds most federal agencies, programs, and services at their current levels through April 28, 2017 without making any major changes in existing federal policy. It also contains funding for Dept. of Defense military operations against ISIS that aren’t provided for in the NDAA, natural disaster relief for areas ravaged by floods, and addressing drinking water infrastructure problems which was authorized by recently introduced water infrastructure legislation. Additionally, it provides funding for the 21st Century Cures Act, which was sent to the president’s desk by Congress on December 7, 2016.

Overseas Contingency Funding (OCO)

This bill contains $5.8 billion in funding for the Dept. of Defense (DOD) and $4.3 billion for the State Dept. to support military and diplomatic efforts to fight ISIS and terror around the globe. The  defense portion of this spending would be funded at a level $8 billion above current spending levels.

Natural Disaster Relief

A total of $4.1 billion in disaster relief funding would be provided for in this bill to address damage caused by several recent natural disasters, including Hurricane Matthew, floods, drought, and other severe weather events including:

  • $1.8 billion for Community Development Block Grants in states to support recovery and rebuilding efforts for individuals with homes damaged by severe weather events;

  • $1.025 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers for repairs to flood and coastal storm protection projects and dredging;

  • $1 billion for the Federal Highway Emergency Relief program to repair damaged highways;

  • $206.1 million for emergency watershed protection and conservation;

  • $74.7 million to repair damaged NASA facilities.

Drinking Water

This bill contains $170 million to address the infrastructure and health needs of communities affected by contaminated drinking water, all of which is fully offset by other spending cuts and rescissions. Grants would be made available for infrastructure improvements like replacing pipes, lead poisoning prevention care for mothers and children, and a lead exposure registry.

Funding for the 21st Century Cures Act

A total of $872 million in funding for the 21st Century Cures Act would be provided to boost medical research, drug approval, and drug abuse efforts  Of this total, $20 million would go to the Food and Drug Administration Innovation account, $352 million for the National Institutes of Health Innovation account, and $500 million for states to respond to the opioid abuse crisis. All of this funding is fully offset through other spending cuts and rescissions.

Miscellaneous

This legislation also includes miscellaneous provisions aimed at preventing catastrophic, irreversible, or detrimental changes to government programs and support national security, among other reasons. Some of these include:

  • Allowing funding to be used for purchases related to the Ohio Class Submarine, Apache Attack Helicopter, Blackhawk Helicopter, and KC-46A Tanker programs that would otherwise cause delays and increase costs.

  • Funding critical nuclear weapons activities and providing for Homeland Security operations, including border and immigration enforcement and protecting the president-elect.

  • A provision preventing members of Congress from receiving a pay increase.

  • Additional funding, if needed, to house and care for unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally beyond February 1, 2017 because the variability in the number of children entering the country.

  • Allowing funds to make District of Columbia school choice (SOAR) vouchers available in time for the next academic year.

  • Providing $45 million, fully offset, for continued healthcare plan benefits for certain miners covered under a union benefit plan to prevent the loss of healthcare coverage for the miners and their families that would otherwise occur on December 31, 2016.

Impact

Anyone who uses federal government services, anyone who works in government in both "essential" and "non essential" services, the federal government itself — particularly departments and programs that would close for a partial government shutdown, and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2028

$1.22 Trillion
The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would cost $1.217 trillion in fiscal year 2017.

More Information

In-Depth: House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) offered the following statement on the stopgap spending package:

“The Continuing Resolution is the necessary step for an operating and functioning government over the next four months. However, this type of short-term spending absolutely should not be the final answer to funding the federal government for the year… This legislation is just a band aid, but a critical one. It will give the next Congress the time to complete the annual Appropriations process, and in the meantime, take care of immediate national funding needs.”

This legislation has taken heat from Democrats concerned about providing more funding to Flint, Michigan and other communities dealing with the impact of lead-contaminated drinking water. Additionally, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) have called on Democrats in the Senate to use the upper chamber’s procedures to delay a vote in the hope of getting healthcare benefits for miners funded for a longer-term than the bill offers. Such a move would keep the Senate in session into next week and require Congress to pass a very short-term stopgap to prevent an interruption in government services.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Diliff / Creative Commons)

AKA

Continued Health Benefits for Miners Act

Official Title

Making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes.

    I believe we need to fund in clean water and have energy research. however I have issues with fracking since it has proven so far to destroy precious land and water and has increased earthquakes in area
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    Renewable energy should receive preference over dirty energy.
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    This problematic bill with many good elements is a clear example of the U.S. Government bureaucracy making a mess of what should be a simple process.
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    Let's stop undoing the work done to create cleaner air & water. We must find better renewable power sources!
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    We need to start considering about our long term, clean, sustainable energy and that is nuclear energy. France is able to power 80% of their electric grid via nuclear energy. Why not us? This bill overemphasizes short term energy needs when we must be looking long term.
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    If we continue to cut environmental sound energy, we might as well be signing the death warrants for millions of people globally, not just the United States.
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    This bill will appropriate 1.7 billion dollars to renewable energy, significantly more than coal and oil. It's clearly moving in the right direction and must therefore be endorsed simply by principle and knowledge of progress.
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    There's a hole in the bucket dear liza, dear liza, there's a hole in the bucket.
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    I want my grandchildren to benefit from public infrastructure as I have done all my life. I am outraged at the plutocracy and profiteering that has overtaken our politicians. Fix it!
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    We're living in an oligarchy... The money is being used for whatever a small group of powerful people want it to be used for... On top of that our massive government is literally shredding straight through all the money we have. We don't have to compromise... We just have to get these people out of the government.
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    Renewable energy has been placed in low priority consistently, no matter how much promise it may show.
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    This is an excellent start to making the necessary cuts in government spending. Spending should continue to decrease on an annual basis.
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    This legislation, while fraught with issues, ultimately serves the greater good and should be supported as Energy is critical
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    While I badly want the people of Flint MI to get their infrastructure repaired so they finally have clean water, stripping the #BuyAmerican provision will harm all Americans long term
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    While I disagree with the cuts to environmental energy, I recognize the need for compromise and appreciate the funding to science energy research, water, and environment cleanup.
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    Neuclear energy is a more 'sustainable' than coal or oil, but the radiation and toxic chemicals as a byproduct are too much of a hazard to invest in further when clean energy is a viable solution. Seems like mongering for nuclear energy if you ask me.
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    We need to invest a lot more in energy research across the board. Our R&D spending already lags behind where it needs to be.
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    kicking the can down to the next administration is dangerous. don't just pass the buck or make a stop gap, actually address some of these quite serious issues
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    Basically my opinion, use what you have. If it's not being used in one area use it where it can be of some use.
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    We need to be leading the pack towards relying on renewable resources and stop depending on oil and gas. These will eventually run out and then what? We should increase the spending towards renewable resources instead of decrease them.
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