Omnibus Spending Package Passes House and Senate

Clint Bain and Neil Burnette
December 22, 2020

Last night, Congress passed the COVID-19 Relief and Omnibus Spending package as anticipated.  They also passed a one-week Continuing Resolution through December 28th to allow time for procedural requirements to take place and obtain the President’s signature on the measure.  The Omnibus budget provides federal civilian employees a 1% across the board pay raise.  The bill also provides language that extends the deadline to repay deferred payroll taxes to the end of 2021 instead of next April.

The following bullet points highlight the Agricultural Appropriations funding affecting FSA employees:

  • Funding for FSA salaries and expenses increased by $22,824,000 over the 2020 enacted budget;
  • Funding for the Business Center increased by $11,774,000 over the 2020 enacted level; 
  • There was $15,000,000 earmarked for the hiring of new employees to fill vacancies and anticipated vacancies at county offices;
  • Funds made available to county committees shall remain available until expended;
  • Funding for Dairy Indemnity Program payments shall remail available until expended;
  • The final bill continues previous law provisions related to both the relocation of county-based employees and county office closures.

Continuing Resolution

Clint Bain and Neil Burnette, Legislative Co-Chairs
December 11, 2020

The House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have both passed a stopgap spending bill which the President is expected to sign late Friday.  This CR will fund the government for one week, setting a new deadline of December 18.  Congressional Leaders are optimistic that they can complete work on an omnibus appropriations bill that will fund all sectors of the government prior to the proposed new deadline of December 18.

Your Legislative team will continue to monitor the situation over the next several days and inform membership if there are any major unexpected developments.

Continuing Resolution Vote

Clint Bain and Neil Burnette
NASCOE Legislative Co-Chairs
September 23, 2020

By a vote of 359 to 57, last night the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan stopgap continuing resolution to keep the government open through December 11, 2020.

The bill provides 30 billion in funding for the Commodity Credit Corporation to replenish depleted funds. Also included in the measure was nearly 8 billion for a variety of food nutrition assistance including funding to feed children affected by the pandemic that normally receive school lunches.

The deal was worked out between House Speaker Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin. The Senate is expected to schedule a vote on the bill prior to funding expiring on September 30th. The White House has indicated that President Trump will sign the bill.