Congress Sends Omnibus Bill to Bush, Minus Some Controversy

Sanchez, Humberto
December 2004
Bond Buyer;12/8/2004, Vol. 350 Issue 32025, p4
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the U.S. Congress which has sent a $388 billion fiscal 2005 omnibus spending bill, including $34.3 billion for road building and $7.6 billion for public transit construction, to President George W. Bush for his signature. The step was taken after killing a controversial provision that would have granted House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders and their staff access to individuals' income tax returns. The House unanimously approved separate legislation that removed the controversial provision from the spending bill, while the Senate had approved the same measure November 20, 2004 on a voice vote. The House and Senate had passed the 3,000-page spending bill earlier, but congressional leaders held it up after the tax provision was discovered.


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