At the end of the 113th Congress, both the Senate and the House of Representatives voted to fund the federal government through the end of September 30, 2015, or to the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The passage of this bill avoided a government shut down by funding the federal government – except for the Department of Homeland Security – for the next nine months.
As people of faith, we advocate for a just and compassionate federal budget that will promote the dignity of all Americans and will protect the vulnerable. And, in this week’s Torah portion, Mikeitz, Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dreams as foreshadowing seven years of prosperity, followed by seven years of famine (Genesis 41:1-32). We must ensure that our federal government will not act in ways that will ultimately lead to or create more poverty in the future.
The bill is called a cromnibus, because (1) it is part continuing resolution (CR), which is a short-term deal Congress makes to fund the government when a deal cannot be reached; and (2) it is also part omnibus package of funding bills for all of the departments and agencies, which is how Congress would normally fund the government in a complete budget deal.
A continuing resolution is short-term legislation passed by Congress to keep the government funded, and an omnibus bill is an all inclusive package.