The House passed the final 2,741-page fiscal year 2022 omnibus appropriations bill late last night sending the measure to the Senate before House Democrats left town for a Democratic retreat. The House first voted 361-69 to back funding for the Pentagon, Department of Homeland Security and other national security items, and then 260-171, with Rep. Tlaib (D-MI) voting “present,” to advance the provisions largely related to domestic programs.
The FY22 omnibus appropriates $1.5 trillion in discretionary funding ($782.5 billion for defense and $730 billion for non-defense) and $13.6 billion in emergency spending to address the crisis in Ukraine. The omnibus also included several reauthorizations – Violence Against Women Act, National Flood Insurance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the annual intelligence authorization, a provision to promote the U.S.-Israel relationship and back regional peace initiatives such as the Abraham accords, a livestock reporting program, and more.
Last week, the White House requested an additional $22.5 billion for Covid-19 vaccines, testing, and therapeutics. Senate Republicans responded that the funding level was too high, and that it should be offset by cuts elsewhere. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) agreed to reduce the funding level to $15.6 billion and offset part of it by rescinding some state aid provided in an earlier relief bill. However, a number of Democrats objected to the offset saying that it unfairly penalized some states. To get the omnibus across the finish line in the House, the Speaker stripped the covid funding out of the omnibus. A stand-alone covid relief bill will be considered next week when the House reconvenes, but it faces a dim outlook in the Senate. The White House has warned testing capacity will start declining this month without this additional funding.
The omnibus now goes to the Senate for consideration. In case they don’t complete action on it by March 11 when the current continuing resolution (CR) expires, the House also passed a short-term CR funding the federal government through March 15.
Below are links to the 12 appropriations bills included in the FY22 omnibus as well as the Ukraine supplemental: