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Congress Approves $1.1 Trillion FY 2014 Spending Bill

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The Senate voted 72 to 26 to pass a massive $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill to fund government operations through the end of Fiscal Year 2014. The House of Representatives passed the bill earlier this week by a vote of 359 to 67.
 
While government funding was set to run out on January 15, Congress approved a three-day continuing resolution earlier this week to grant additional time for consideration and passage of the omnibus package by both chambers by the end of the week. Closely kept details of the carefully negotiated bill only became available late Monday night, with House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) posting the final bill text as well as official summaries of each section to his committee’s website.
 
IEC is pleased that most agencies and programs of interest to IEC members have maintained or increased funding. Energy projects, Army Corps of Engineers projects, and career and technical education funding will all see a boost.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are both receiving less than the Administration’s requested amounts, as are the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and certain programs within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – both of which also receive some policy rebukes through bill language as well. The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is also seeing some expected cuts to workforce investment programs, which may affect IEC chapters that utilize funding. Also of concern is the absence of language banning the use of funds by OSHA for the development of a reporting rule for musculoskeletal disorders on the 300 injury/illness log, which has been included in appropriations language since FY 2012.
 
IEC has complied information from sections of the bill that may be of interest to IEC members. Click here for a breakdown of funding levels.