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Congress passes FY 2022 omnibus spending bill

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    Congress passes FY 2022 omnibus spending bill

    On March 10, the U.S. Senate voted 68-31 to pass the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 omnibus appropriations bill, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 (H.R. 2471), providing $1.5 trillion in federal discretionary spending across all 12 appropriations bills. The spending package was unveiled the morning of March 9, and the U.S. House cleared the bill on a bipartisan basis late that same night. The bill now heads to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law. With the current Continuing Resolution (CR) set to expire at midnight on March 11, both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate also passed a 4-day stopgap measure (H.J.Res. 75) to extend federal funding through March 15 to give enough time for the bill to be formally enrolled and signed by the president to avoid a temporary government shutdown.

    Passage of the omnibus officially concludes months of negotiations between the top appropriators, Congressional leadership and the White House. In its initial form, the omnibus included $15.6 billion in supplemental COVID-19 relief spending, however these provisions were ultimately stripped from the bill late that afternoon over concerns related to spending offsets prescribed to these funds. Democratic Congressional leadership will move to pass the supplemental COVID-19 aid funding as standalone legislation (H.R. 7007) as early as next week.

    The FY 2022 omnibus includes several key investments in federal programs of importance to counties, including but not limited to, one-year of full, mandatory funding of the Payment in Lieu of Taxes Program (PILT), funding to stand up new competitive grant programs established by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and increased funding for broadband deployment, rural development programs, health programs, and more.

    During the 2022 Legislative Conference, NACo’s Transportation Steering Committee passed an interim resolution urging Congress to fully enact FY 2022 Appropriations upon expiration of the current CR on March 11, and NACo applauds Congress for the passage of the FY 2022 omnibus appropriations bill.

    NACo's analysis of the FY 2022 omnibus spending package, including a chart outlining funding for federal programs of importance to counties, is available here. 

    On March 10, the U.S. Senate voted 68-31 to pass the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 omnibus appropriations bill, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 (H.R. 2471), providing $1.5 trillion in federal discretionary spending across all 12 appropriations bills.
    2022-03-11
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