Cochran Statement on Passage of Omnibus Appropriations Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, today delivered the following remarks to the Senate regarding passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (HR.2029): 

“I am pleased at the Senate’s passage of the omnibus appropriations and tax relief bill.  This bill is consistent with the Bipartisan Budget Act and funds the operations of the federal government for the remainder of this fiscal year.  It provides funding for the Department of Defense and State Department along with the F.B.I, Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. immigration enforcement provisions.  It provides a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health and also funds improvements to our nation's water and surface transportation infrastructure. 

“I deeply appreciate the good work and active leadership of our committee's Vice Chairwoman, the distinguished Senator from Maryland.  She's been a pleasure to work with producing this bill.  I also want to thank the very able staff members of the committee who have been very diligent and professional throughout this process.  They are a credit to the Senate.”

The FY2016 omnibus appropriations legislation is a package of all 12 annual appropriations bills that sets federal funding priorities through September 2016 in accordance with the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.  The measure, which also includes tax relief and other provisions, now heads to the White House for consideration.