REPRESENTING THE THIRD DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
COMMITTED TO CREATING JOBS, DRIVING DOWN SPENDING AND SHRINKING THE SIZE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

House passes FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill

Dear Friend,

This evening, the House of Representatives passed the FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill. This spending bill contains a number of important measures that fulfill the people’s priorities, including protecting jobs, stopping wasteful spending, reining in government overreach, and funding our national security.

This bill also sets up a showdown with President Obama in just a few weeks on immigration and his illegal amnesty action. In January, with the help of a Republican-led Senate, Congress will have the ability to move legislation through the legislative process and work to place a check on the President's power. While this bill is not perfect, it does move us in the right direction on conservative principles.  
 

Highlights:

  • Fully funds our troops’ pay raise that was authorized in the NDAA
  • Includes $94 billion for new equipment and upgrades of attack submarines, EA-18G Growlers, KC-46 Tankers, F-35 JSF, and 3 Littoral Combat Ships
  • $5.4 billion to Fight Ebola in the US and abroad (below the president’s request)
  • Provides $64 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding for our troops, to combat ISIL, Train and Equip Iraqi allies, and support for Ukraine
  • Prohibits the transfer or release of Guantanamo detainees into the US
  • No new funding for ObamaCare
  • Prohibits funds for ObamaCare Risk Corridors
  • Requires HHS and Treasury to report to Congress on improper payments of ObamaCare tax subsidies
  • Cuts the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) by $10 million
  • Maintains all existing pro-life policy and funding provisions
    • Hyde, Tiahart, Helms, and Kemp-Kasten Amendments, bans public funding for abortions in the DC, within FEHBP, and federal prisoners
  • Three new pro-life provisions:
    • Obamacare transparency - requires ObamaCare healthcare plans to tell customers if they provide abortion services
    • Conscience protection - requires HHS Office of Civil Rights to address complaints of violations
    • Provides $12 million in unused abstinence education funds
  • Cuts EPA $60 million (fifth consecutive year of cuts, totaling a 21% reduction since FY10, and a decrease in 2,000 positions – 1989 levels)
  • Prohibits regulation of farm ponds and irrigation ditches
  • Prohibits listing the sage grouse on the Endangered Species List
  • Protects Second Amendment rights and prohibits EPA to regulations of lead content in ammunition or fishing tackle
  • Amends Dodd-Frank swaps pushout requirements to protect farmers and other commodity producers
  • Cuts IRS funding $345.6 million ($1.5 billion below the president’s request and below FY08 levels)
  • Prohibits IRS targeting organizations based on their ideological beliefs or for exercising their First Amendment rights
  • Prohibits the White House ordering review of tax-exempt status
  • Prohibits IRS funds for inappropriate videos and conferences
  • Prohibits local and federal funds to implement legalization of recreational marijuana use in DC
  • Prohibits requiring businesses to disclose political contributions 
  • Fully funds the US-Israel Memorandum of Understanding at $3.1 billion
  • Prohibits funds for the Palestinian Authority if it unilaterally seeks membership at the UN and does not counter incitement of violence
  • Requires the Administration to keep Congress informed on Iran nuclear negotiations 
  • No funds for the IMF
  • Prohibits funds for Green Climate Fund
  • Provides flexibility for the Administration’s school lunch regulations 
  • Fully funds PILT at $442 million (including funds authorized in FY14 NDAA)
  • Prevents new fees on onshore oil and gas producers
  • Stops NLRB’s regulations related to e-Card Check
  • No funds for high-speed rail
  • Cuts AMTRAK by $90 million
  • Protects small business from over regulation related to commercial trucking, weight limits, driver hours, and hazmat permitting

 

God Bless,

Gregg Harper
Member of Congress