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house Bill H.R. 264

$23.6 Billion to Fund the Treasury, the Judiciary, Financial Regulators, and the Small Business Administration

Argument in favor

This bill would fully fund crucial federal agencies like the Treasury Dept., the federal judiciary, and financial regulators that are currently impacted by the shutdown through September.

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01/09/2019
Donald Trump is America’s biggest roadblock to progress. He cares only about himself and his Aspirations. By far the most Americans think this wall is a stupid idea. 25% of the country cannot dictate what the other 75% one. Dictate is the big word here. What is trump are turning into this is a democracy not a country run by one person whom thinks he’s a minor God. For the good of this country Trump has to go. Along with any Republican that supports him.
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Lionman's Opinion
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01/09/2019
There are 800,000 Federal Employees who want to get back to work, who have a job to do, regardless of a wall or not. I cannot believe that “most” or “many” of them want to have a wall on the southern border instead of a roof over their head and food for their families.
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David 's Opinion
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01/09/2019
No wall, no wall, no wall. With all forms of immigration on the decline for 25 years, the wall is political theater. In 2018, more Americans were killed by lettuce than illegal immigrants.
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Argument opposed

While this bill may be bipartisan, it has no chance of becoming law unless a deal is struck on border security so Congress should focus on reaching an overarching funding compromise.

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01/09/2019
Nothing unless it includes funding for the wall. Nothing!
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01/09/2019
If NO WALL then no Foreign Aid!!!! Period!
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ManfromNebraska's Opinion
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01/09/2019
Fund the wall or keep the government shutdown. It’s great to have a President willing to do what government is supposed to do...Protect it’s citizens! Illegals are killing us in more ways than one. Fund the wall!!!
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed January 9th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 240 Yea / 188 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedJanuary 8th, 2019

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What is House Bill H.R. 264?

This bill would provide $23.688 billion in fiscal year 2019 funding for the U.S. Treasury, the Judiciary, the Small Business Administration, several financial regulators, and other independent agencies. A summary of its various provisions can be found below.

Treasury Department

Funding for the Treasury Dept.’s various offices and entities would be broken down as follows:

  • $11.2 billion for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), of which $77 million would be focused on implementing tax reform. The IRS would be prohibited from rehiring former employees unless their past conduct & tax compliance is considered, targeting individuals for exercising their First Amendment rights, prohibit the targeting of groups based on ideology, or producing inappropriate videos and conferences.

  • $208.8 million, an increase of $8 million from the prior year, for departmental offices to manage a growing caseload associated with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S.

  • $159 milion for the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, which combats terrorism financing and administers economic and trade sanctions -- an increase of $17.2 million.

Judiciary

A total of $7.251 billion in discretionary FY19 funds would be provided, an increase of $140 million from the prior year, to allow for timely and efficient processing of federal cases, court security, and defender services.

Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA would receive $699.3 million to provide assistance to small businesses, expand the economy, and promote job growth for unemployed & underemployed Americans. It’d fully fund business loans at $159.2 million, in addition to providing $130 million for Small Business Development Centers, $31 million for microloan technical assistance, $12.3 million for veterans outreach, and $11.5 million for the SCORE program.

General Services Administration (GSA)

This section would allow the GSA to spend $9.63 bllion out of the Federal Buildings Fund to provide for rent payments for offices leased by the federal government, operations & maintenance at properties owned by government agencies while $1.08 billion would go to construction. Maintenance, repairs, and alterations would be fully funded.

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

This section would provide $1.695 billion in funding for the SEC, an amount equal to the prior year. It’d provide targeted funding for economic analysis within the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis.

District of Columbia

This section would provide $703.2 million in federal payments to DC, which would fund public safety and security costs, support the DC court system and its offender supervision program.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

The FTC would receive $309.7 million in FY19 funding, equal to the prior year.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

The FCC would receive $333.1 million in FY19 funding, equal to the prior year.

Miscellaneous:

  • Pay raises for the Vice President and senior political appointees would be prohibited.

  • Funding for grants or contracts to tax cheats and companies with felony criminal convictions would be prohibited.

  • All departments and agencies would be required to link contracts that provide award fees to successful outcomes, and prohibit the use of funds to pay for award or incentive fees for contractors with below satisfactory performance.

  • Funds would be prohibited from being used to paint portraits of federal employees, including elected officials.

  • Agency inspectors general would be required to have timely access to agency documents and records.

  • A 1.9% pay increase would be provided for civilian federal employees for the 2019 calendar year, an equal raise to 2018.

Impact

The Treasury & IRS; the judiciary; the FCC & FEC; financial regulators like the SEC; the SBA; the GSA; and the District of Columbia.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 264

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey (D-NY) released the following statement about this financial services funding bill:

“This bill funds the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service. Passing it will ensure hardworking families receive their tax refunds on schedule. Because of the Trump Shutdown, some of the most important activities funded in the Financial Services and General Government bill have ground to a halt.”

The Treasury Department announced that tax refunds will go out if the partial shutdown is still ongoing when tax filing season opens on January 28th.

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have said that no funding bills will become law unless the $5.7 billion border security funding request is included. 

House Democrats passed a version of this bill as part of a $271 billion “minibus” funding package that funded all agencies impacted by the government shutdown (except for Homeland Security) on the first day of the 116th Congress.

A similar version of this legislation passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 31-0 vote as a standalone bill during the last Congress. It was then added to a broader “minibus” funding package that passed the Senate as a whole on a 92-6 vote.


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Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2019

Official Title

Making appropriations for financial services and general government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes.

    Donald Trump is America’s biggest roadblock to progress. He cares only about himself and his Aspirations. By far the most Americans think this wall is a stupid idea. 25% of the country cannot dictate what the other 75% one. Dictate is the big word here. What is trump are turning into this is a democracy not a country run by one person whom thinks he’s a minor God. For the good of this country Trump has to go. Along with any Republican that supports him.
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    Nothing unless it includes funding for the wall. Nothing!
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    There are 800,000 Federal Employees who want to get back to work, who have a job to do, regardless of a wall or not. I cannot believe that “most” or “many” of them want to have a wall on the southern border instead of a roof over their head and food for their families.
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    No wall, no wall, no wall. With all forms of immigration on the decline for 25 years, the wall is political theater. In 2018, more Americans were killed by lettuce than illegal immigrants.
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    Happy to see that this prohibits pay raises for Pence and other cabinet members. They SHOULD be taking a pay cut...ALL of them.
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    The fight is about the wall. Quit holding 800,000 people hostage. Restart govt
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    If NO WALL then no Foreign Aid!!!! Period!
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    Fund the wall or keep the government shutdown. It’s great to have a President willing to do what government is supposed to do...Protect it’s citizens! Illegals are killing us in more ways than one. Fund the wall!!!
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    Please VOTE YES on this important bill during the Trump Shutdown, and VOTE NO on the Trump Vanity Wall. #impeachthemofo P. S. I love this one: - Funds would be prohibited from being used to paint portraits of federal employees, including elected officials. (Keep up the good work;)
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    Nothing until our borders are secure, our children are safe, human and child trafficking is deterred, drug flow deterred by building the wall and securing our borders. We want immigrants to come in legally and have good job opportunities and pay taxes, not live in hiding working under the table and collecting government free rides while our own citizens are starving and living in tents. It's a shame and dark mark on America and makes us look weak and foolish . And open boarders welcomes crime and terrorism in. I feel the democrats don't care about America first just pushing some Power trip agenda. I'm not feeling safe knowing caravans are charging our borders and then hearing about Iranian ships in the Atlantic that are on their way to S America for multiple stops (one possibly Mexico ) bringing possible terrorists and weapons and more. Remember Obama gave them our money we could have built a wall with it. And if this is true, have they been stopped or what are our officials doing to protect us if they try to come through our borders? I don't want to be UK, France, Venezuela or Germany and neither would most Americans if they were informed with Real news not Propaganda. Also if there was a wall it would stop the children being trafficked alone & unaccompanied by a parent to our borders which would save lives and prevent sexual abuse by the evil traffickers. So, if you truly care about children and women suffering then stop dangling the apple in front of them and they would stay home and be safe. And the real asylum seekers would receive a fair chance to claim asylum Legally.
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    Fund the government. Do not spend $1 on a useless fence that we do not need considering that immigration has been declining for a decade. This is Trump trying to make himself important and trying to initiate a non-existent crisis so that he has an excuse to take over the government as Hitler did in Nazi Germany. We do not need a wall. We do not need troops on any of our borders. We need to work with other countries to find solutions to help these people find better safer lives. That would be the American thing to do as well as the Christian thing to do.
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    Open the govt before Trump destroys our country!
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    Someone please tell the Democrats that just because you don’t like the president that you don’t obstruct progress. ALL of them voted for border security before and now that we have a president that doesn’t kiss their ass they obstruct.... just insane.
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    Fund the wall NOW.
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    No wall, no government. NATIONAL SECURITY IS THE ONLY EXCUSE *FOR* A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. Fail to fulfill the most basic fundamental function of government and there's NO further point in tolerating you. They who govern do so by the consent of the governed. There's been a GREAT deal of discussion lately about revocable consent, perhaps you should listen... #acountrywithoutbordersisntacountry
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    We need to secure our border immediately with a wall Dems are playing politics their history shows being in favor of building a wall put your feelings aside and American's security first !! Use your hate for Trump elsewhere !! Fund the 5 billion now so we can build the wall and secure our southern border ASAP !!
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    Read my lips: Build the wall!
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    You can’t protect a southern border without an operating government. You can’t build anything unless you have the government running in order to fund the project in the first place. So the imperative initial and foremost action is to end the shutdown and get people paid and offices opened.
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    Unless it funds the money for the wall the answer is NO
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    Nothing should get done until the wall is built
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