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H.J.Res. 31: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019

Feb 14, 2019 at 8:59 p.m. ET. On the Conference Report in the House.

This was a vote to agree to H.J.Res. 31 in the House. The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations and authorizations. This is an appropriations bill, which sets overall spending limits by agency or program, typically for a single fiscal year (October 1 through September 30 of the next year).

This bill, in its final form, funded the parts of the federal government whose funding was to lapse on February 15, 2019.

On December 22, 2018 the 115th Congress was unable to reach a deal to fund some federal agencies through fiscal year 2019 after President Trump demanded $5 billion in funding for a southern border wall. The Senate had unanimously passed a bill to fund the government through 2019, without the border wall, the then Republican-controlled House amended the bill adding $5 billion in funding for a southern border wall. The Senate neglected to vote on that bill leaving it to die in the previous Congress. When funding lapsed for the USDA, FDA, and Departments of Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Interior, Environment, State, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, the partial government shutdown began.

Through January 24, 2019, the House --- newly controlled by Democrats --- passed ten different bills that would have completely or partially reopened the federal government. This bill was originally introduced to reopen just the Department of Homeland Security through February 28, 2019 and passed the House on January 24. No funding for a southern border wall was included. But only H.R. 268 had been considered by the Senate, where Republican and Democratic amendments to the bill both failed.

On January 25, H.J.Res. 28 was enacted with temporary funding for the federal agencies through February 15, ending the government shutdown so long as lawmakers could reach a deal for funding beyond that date.

This bill was then amended to fund the agencies through the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 30, 2019). It was enacted in that form on Feb. 15, 2019, after votes in the House and Senate on the previous day.

The funding included:

  • $1.375 billion, less than the $5.7 billion the Trump administration requested, for approximately 55 miles of physical barrier along the southern border in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
  • $415 million for humanitarian relief for medical care, transportation, food and clothing at the southern border.
  • $12 billion for disaster relief.
  • $3.16 billion for agricultural research.
  • $3.64 billion for rural development.
  • $3.3 billion for highway and bridge rehabilitation and construction.

Among hundreds of other provisions.


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