Congress Approves FY2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill
As expected, last night the Senate passed the Omnibus Appropriations bill, sending it on to the President who is expected to sign the bill before the current continuing resolution expires tomorrow. No amendments were permitted in either the House or Senate consideration of the bill, which helped move the legislation along so quickly. The bill is the result of weeks of negotiations between House and Senate appropriators, Congressional leadership, and the White House.
The bill funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2014. Funding levels for MCSAP programs remain steady:
FY14 Total Grant Funds: $313,000,000
- MCSAP: $218,000,000
- New Entrant: $32,000,000
- High Priority: $15,000,000
- CDL: $30,000,000
- Border: $32,000,000
- PRISM: $5,000,000
- CVISN: $25,000,000
- Safety Data:$3,000,000
Congressional appropriators will now turn to FY2015 funding, which must be completed by September 30th if the Congress hopes to return to ‘regular order’ and avoid another continuing resolution. The overall funding level for FY2015 has been set already by the budget deal agreed to in December.