The US House passed the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package in a 225-201-1 vote, after the Senate passed the bill in a bipartisan 68-29 vote - - sending the bill to President Biden’s desk.
An omnibus spending bill is a type of bill in the United States that packages many of the smaller ordinary appropriations bills into one larger single bill that can be passed with only one vote in each house. Each appropriation contains a sum of money devoted to a special purpose.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) took issue with this process by which Congress funded the government for the rest of the fiscal year. Typically, the chambers will vote on appropriations bills for each agency. This year, however, appropriators opted for a single omnibus package to fund all corners of the government. Every Democrat voted for the bill except Ocasio-Cortez; Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) voted present.
The omnibus Bill includes these bills setting aside federal funds for the following purposes that many of may find of interest:
- $600 million in federal funds to fix Jackson’s water crisis and to help rebuild Jackson’s lackluster drinking water system
- The African American Burial Grounds Preservation Program (click to the Omnibus Bill, then go to page 2954 of 4155 to read more) will help identify burial grounds ahead of infrastructure projects and commercial
development, and provide grant monies to identify, interpret, and preserve historic cemeteries. Congress authorized $3,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2023 through 2027. (Authorization sets the limit that can be spent. An appropriation sets the actual amount that can be spent usually in a year.)