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house Bill H.R. 3055

Funding the Federal Gov’t Thru December 20th to Avoid a Shutdown

Argument in favor

There isn’t enough time for the Democratic House and Republican Senate to reach bipartisan consensus on spending with the White House. It’s not ideal, but this bill would prevent a partial government shutdown on November 21st and give Congress until December 20th to cut a deal.

Leslie's Opinion
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06/25/2019
Pass the bill but, make sure you are not screwing around with the Census. Make sure you Properly fund the VA & NASA.
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J's Opinion
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06/25/2019
What’s wrong with this bill, Col. Cook? Not enough money for the wall? Trump could always negotiate with Mexico as promised....
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MarianToon's Opinion
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06/25/2019
Looks Good!! NOT a “nightmare for transparency” Oversight is the job of the House and Nancy Pelosi is in charge!
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Argument opposed

Rather than procrastinating by extending government funding for a month, Congress should focus on reaching a bipartisan spending agreement before November 21st so that a stop-gap funding bill like this isn’t needed.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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06/24/2019
Too many issues in one minibus bill. Lots of it good but...Too much military spending. No money for a physical wall. I won’t support Census spending with a citizenship question or pass it and I won’t answer the census. Your choice. All humanitarian aid must be spent on the asylum seekers path to citizenship and working, not detention and deportation. No more money for private prisons and nothing for DOJ til Barr is gone.
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Poli.Sci's Opinion
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06/23/2019
You cannot put five different departments into one funding bill, regardless of the breakdown. This is where the United States gets into trouble financially. We must be able to accurately debate each department with its own funding bill, but not take too long to deliberately derail funding for the year. So no, stop putting so many departments and agencies into one spending bill.
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Lisa's Opinion
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06/25/2019
I want to see how each is funded . Too many very important agencies may not get the funding actually needed at the end of the day.
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What is House Bill H.R. 3055?

(UPDATED - 11/18/19): This bill has been co-opted to serve as the legislative vehicle for a continuing resolution that would fund the government at current levels through December 20, 2019, and extend expiring programs through the same period. It would a This bill initially passed the House as a $383 billion “minibus” funding package before it was amended and passed by the Senate as a $206 billion minibus. A breakdown of its current provisions can be found below.

CONTINUING RESOLUTION

This section of the bill would extend FY2019 funding through December 20, 2019, unless FY2020 appropriations are enacted sooner. It would also prohibit agencies from furloughing or terminating employees due to lack of funds during the duration of the CR. Among the programs and entities that would be extended and reauthorized through December 20, 2019, include the:

  • National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP);

  • Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank);

  • Ukraine Assistance Initiative;

  • Commodity Credit Corporation;

  • District of Columbia’s local funds; and

  • Activities related to the Census.

HEALTH & TAX EXTENDERS

This section of the bill would extend the Community Health Centers Fund and the Special Diabetes Program through December 20, 2019, along with health programs under Medicaid and Medicare. It would also extend the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education grant program, the State Personal Responsibility Education Program, and programs within the Dept. of Health and Human Services through that date.

OTHER PROVISIONS

  • This bill would extend expiring provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that are set to sunset on December 15, 2019, through March 15, 2020.

  • This bill would repeal a section of the FAST Act that would rescind $7.6 billion in highway funding from states in FY2020.

  • This bill would provide a death gratuity to Maya Rockeymoore, the widow of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), of $174,000 which would’ve been Cummings’ salary for 2020.

Impact

The federal government.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3055

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) introduced this bill to extend federal funding through December 20th and prevent a government shutdown after the current stopgap expires after November 21st:

“With a government shutdown deadline just days away, this continuing resolution is necessary to keep government open as we work towards completing the appropriations process. I am particularly proud that we are assuring full funding for a fair and accurate Census and assuring our servicemembers receive a 3.1 percent pay raise. I look forward to passing this legislation and getting it signed into law.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) offered remarks on the Senate floor indicating that Senate Republicans and the Trump administration are prepared to enact the CR to prevent a government shutdown:

“The Administration indicates the President is willing and ready to sign a clean CR through December 20 so that we can finish our work. The House & Senate need to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government through December 20th and allow these talks to continue. The Senate can’t originate this funding bill, but we will wait to receive legislation from the House & then vote on it before we head back to our home states… This is what we need: A CR, as clean as possible, through December 20th, to enable more progress on appropriations before the end of the year. A clean CR through December 20th would pass the Senate.”

AKA

Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Further Health Extenders Act of 2019

Official Title

Making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • EnactedNovember 21st, 2019
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed November 21st, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 74 Yea / 20 Nay
  • The house Passed November 19th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 231 Yea / 192 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedJune 3rd, 2019

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    Pass the bill but, make sure you are not screwing around with the Census. Make sure you Properly fund the VA & NASA.
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    Too many issues in one minibus bill. Lots of it good but...Too much military spending. No money for a physical wall. I won’t support Census spending with a citizenship question or pass it and I won’t answer the census. Your choice. All humanitarian aid must be spent on the asylum seekers path to citizenship and working, not detention and deportation. No more money for private prisons and nothing for DOJ til Barr is gone.
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    You cannot put five different departments into one funding bill, regardless of the breakdown. This is where the United States gets into trouble financially. We must be able to accurately debate each department with its own funding bill, but not take too long to deliberately derail funding for the year. So no, stop putting so many departments and agencies into one spending bill.
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    What’s wrong with this bill, Col. Cook? Not enough money for the wall? Trump could always negotiate with Mexico as promised....
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    Looks Good!! NOT a “nightmare for transparency” Oversight is the job of the House and Nancy Pelosi is in charge!
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    I want to see how each is funded . Too many very important agencies may not get the funding actually needed at the end of the day.
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    I always have a problem with minibus bills and really don’t have a clear yes/no answer. I think there are a lot of good things in this legislation package. I like funding for NASA, NOAA and NSF-good science is key to resolving long-term issues. I like the rider that prohibits the citizenship question from being part of the census. I like keeping federal agencies and the VA funded. I hate the whole concept of rolling these into a big package which obfuscates “who supports what” without debating “why”. Overall, in this case, I feel the good outweighs the bad, so Yeah.
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    One bill. One vote. We need deep cuts in military spending. Killing poor brown people to help further enrich a malicious class of money changers is not ok with me.
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    I’m sick you you all doing this. How many bills in this one vote. This is bs that we can do without drain the SWAMP. I don’t get what you all are doing
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    NO MONEY FOR THE CENSUS UNTIL THE RACIST CITIZENSHIP QUESTION IS REMOVED!
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    This spending is needed, the citizenship question in the census must end.
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    👎👎The ”Minibus” Appropriations Bill 👎👎 👎🏻👎🏻This package also includes partisan riders, such as the prohibition on including a citizenship question in the Census.👎🏻👎🏻 I stand opposed to This “minibus” appropriations bill would provide $383.3 billion in FY2020 appropriations for agencies funded under five appropriations titles: Commerce-Justice-Science; Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA; Interior-Environment; Military Construction-Veterans Affairs; and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development. A breakdown of its various provisions can be found below. Packaging five appropriations bills into one “minibus” package that totals more than $383 billion is a nightmare for transparency. Sneaky Pete........ 👎👎👎👎 6.25.19......
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    Do your F-ing job! Congressional duplicity is intolerable. Stop this assault on the American taxpayer. Vote the do-nothing Democrats out of office.
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    This ‘Minibus’ bill is much better than the other one. Less military funding, no Hyde amendment, and includes the removal of the citizenship question on the census. It is also only including about 1/3 of the money that was being used for the previous ‘Minibus’ bill. It’s not cramming so much federal funding into one bill as well, so this bill should definitely pass.
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    Fund the citizen census and the VA. Dump the rest.
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    I hate these mega bills. Do you guys even read them? We are still underfunding our critical non-military scientific research agencies. NOAA, NASA, NSF, EPA, CDC to name a few. This is a shoestring budget for agencies that actually help protect America from real threats. Like disease, deadly hurricanes, tsunami, and corporate malfeasance. Maybe cut some of that bloated military budget and give it to the agencies that are actually protecting Americans from the things that really can hurt them. I hate these kind of bills because reading them takes forever and there’s stuff in here that I really don’t want, but we also have to pass it.
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    F U Bastards for NOT DOING YOUR JOBS. I AM ASHAMED OF ALL OF YOU! Stop kicking the can down the road! We are sick of you all! Do the job you were elected to do! No border wall. Pay back the money you stole from us from Social Security. Support climate change, healthcare, education, infrastructure, etc. Cut the outrageous military spending. Stop Humpy Dumpy from taking trips to his properties and save us millions of dollars. DO THE JOB YOU WERE ELECTED TO DO! QUIT PROCRASTINATING!
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    I’m happy to see that my party is trying to get things done, it’s unfortunate that republicans keep blocking everything we bring to the table. It is really petty and childish
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    This issue definitely separates the readers from the just-vote-and-ramble folks. The plethora of different responses is a great example of the reason everything was put into a minibus like this; taking even one of these issues out makes this a partisan dog-fight. Nobody wins if this doesn’t pass, we just go back to more fighting. Bottom line, this does a lot for maintaining the status quo and keeping as much insanity as possible out of our national debit account.
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    This is a solid bill. Let’s see it passed and ready to go by the time the fiscal year rolls over so we are shutting down our government any more. Make the president sign it or own another shutdown (again).
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