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September 01, 2014

Washington News Brief: Appropriations

President Obama signed P.L. 113-164 (H.J. Res. 124) on Sept. 19 to keep the government running through Dec. 11 of this year. The $1.012 billion measure will maintain current fiscal year 2014 appropriation levels for most of the government for the first six weeks of fiscal year 2015, which begins Oct. 1. Some additional funding is provided, however, for Veterans Administration disability claims processing and efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak in Africa.  Also included in the law are provisions allowing the Department of Homeland Security funding flexibility for Customs and Border Protection to address the influx of immigrants at the U.S. southwestern border. In addition, the Department of Defense is given temporary authorization to provide training and equipment to Syrian rebels for fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) forces. Further action on fiscal year 2015 appropriations will occur after Nov. 12, when Congress returns following the mid-term elections.

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