National Journal: Applause greets passage of Omnibus appropriations bill

Six of the conservative members who opposed the budget agreement last month voted in favor of the omnibus–which allocates those funds at the program and department level. They are: Reps. Trey Gowdy and Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina, Andy Harris of Maryland, Joe Heck of Nevada, David McKinley of West Virginia, and Daniel Webster of Florida.

Cheers and applause broke out behind the closed doors of the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday after the House passed a 12-part omnibus spending bill by a vote of 359-67, with an overwhelming majority vote from both parties.

Committee staffers worked through the holidays to put together the omnibus bill, while most members were back in their districts. House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., said Wednesday that the staff will have next week off. Call it a belated Christmas miracle.

"I think this portends well for the future," Rogers said of the strong, bipartisan support for the bill.

"I think we'll have a restored attitude on the Appropriations Committee about working together and the necessity of doing that. This gets the train back on the track—regular order—and gives us a chance now during this coming year to do things the right way, and that's individual bills." The legislation is also expected to pass the Senate later this week.

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