OMB Hammers Appropriators

July 31, 1996
THE DAILY FED

OMB Hammers Appropriators

If Clinton Administration statements on House appropriations bills are any indication, House Members and Senators had better disregard large parts of the House work if they expect to reach amicable deals with the Clinton administration on fiscal 1997 funding measures. In their recent "statements of administration policy," Office of Management and Budget officials have expressed varying degrees of dismay with the House-passed bills.

The administration has threatened outright vetoes of the House Commerce-Justice-State, Defense, Energy and Water, Interior and Labor-HHS bills. It has said it "strongly opposes" the House VA- HUD and Foreign Operations bills. From there, the administration language becomes a mishmash of disapproval: It "does not support" the level of funding in the Military Construction bill, finds the Treasury-Postal bill as reported out of House committee "unacceptable," and has "serious concerns" about the committee's work on the Agriculture bill. The administration does support the District of Columbia bill, and administration officials said they are "pleased with many aspects" of the Transportation bill, while some provisions are "troubling."

Nonetheless, House GOP appropriators have been trumpeting how they have improved over the troubled fiscal 1996 appropriations cycle, on which they did not actually complete their work until this past spring. "We've taken out most of the heater issues," House Appropriations Chairman Livingston said this week. "We learned how to deal with the administration, how to deal with the Senate, and how to deal with some of our own Republicans." But Appropriations ranking member David Obey, D-Wis., said the priorities reflected in the House bills are "not sustainable. It's still a very unrealistic agenda." And House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Mo., gibed, "If they're saying this is progress, we're in real trouble."

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download
  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.