Both the appropriations bill
for the Department of Defense, HR 5631, and the appropriations bill
for the Department of Homeland Security, HR 5441, became potential targets for other legislative items that the leadership sought to complete before adjourning for the midterm elections.
Congress responded by adding $29 million in the Senate version of the appropriations bill
. In addition, many of the needs could be met by "reprogramming" existing budget line items--switching from the activity in the line item to the one needed in the forest.
The Senate has yet to pass a Transportation-Treasury-HUD Appropriations Bill
, so the Continuing Resolution maintains HUD programs at the FY05 funding level or the House-passed FY06 funding levels, whichever is lowest.
The dispute centers on language in the 2004 Transportation-Treasury appropriations bill
that would allow federal workers and their unions to file protests over job competitions and give the workers a 10% cost advantage in small job competitions.
Several Congressional staff members told Resource Hotline that the controversy stems in parts from a breakdown in communications between the Senate and House during the appropriations bill
was being finalized.
The General Appropriations Bill
(GAB) was supposed to be printed and distributed Monday but it was recalled.
The House version of the appropriations bill
, which was approved in June by the Democrat-controlled chamber by a 227 to 194 vote, also included provisions to keep federal regulators from pre-empting states that choose to pass and enforce stricter meal and rest-break laws, and bars the FMCSA from eliminating the 30-minute rest break.
With the House timetable for the 2020 budget, Romualdez said, senators will have more time to scrutinize and deliberate the proposed national budget, providing them with enough time to pass the General Appropriations Bill
before the end of year.
The MCAs, through lawyers James Mamboleo and Titus Ochichi, told the court that Governor Ferdinand Waititu has signed into law the Appropriations Bill
2019 and is in the process of acquiring funds from the Treasury.
President Duterte vetoed P95.4 billion in public works projects in the 2019 Gen-eral Appropriations Bill
of 2019 (GAB 2019) when he signed the bill into law last April 15, about three weeks after the Office of the President received the bill on March 26.