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H.R. 648: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019

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About the bill

This was a House Democrat bill to reopen most of the federal government through September 30, 2019, with funding for most or all of the federal agencies that had been shut down except for the Department of Homeland Security. The bill was written using text from bills previously negotiated during the Republican-controlled 115th Congress, with adjustments from House Democrats. It would not have included funding for a southern border wall.

House Democrats issued a press release on passage of H.R. 648. The release explains the rationale for the bill ...

Sponsor and status

Nita Lowey

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 17th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 28, 2019
Length: 1090 pages
Jan 17, 2019

Parts Incorporated Into Other Measures

This bill passed in the House on January 23, 2019 and goes to the Senate next for consideration. Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills.

Provisions of this bill also appear in:

H.R. 259: Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019
Enacted — Signed by the President on Jan 24, 2019. (compare text)
3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Roe Supports Legislation to Pay Federal Employees
    — Rep. David “Phil” Roe [R-TN1] on Jan 24, 2019

Bost Votes to Pay Federal Employees During Negotiations
    — Rep. Mike Bost [R-IL12] on Jan 24, 2019

Democrats Vote Against Paying Federal Workers Again
    — Rep. Steve Scalise [R-LA1] on Jan 23, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform estimates H.R. 648 will add $3.5 billion in new spending through 2028.


Jan 17, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Jan 23, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

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Passed Senate

Signed by the President

H.R. 648 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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