Omnibus Spending Package Major Item for Lame-Duck Session
In putting together the 12 annual fiscal 2015 spending bills, House and Senate appropriators have written within the $1.014 trillion overall cap. As a result, none of the Senate’s spending bill allocations differ more than $3 billion from the House’s figures, with most of those differences coming in the form of increased spending on the Senate’s proposed Transportation-HUD, Labor-HHS-Education and Financial Services bills. While Congress has not cleared any individual spending bills, appropriators in both chambers have either approved or released versions of nearly all the measures, boosting the odds of a budget compromise after lawmakers return. Rogers's committee reported 11 of the 12 bills and saw seven passed on the floor, many by overwhelming margins. In many cases, the spending differences between the House and Senate bills are very small.