March 23, 2022 Update:
Last week, President Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, H.R. 2471, that provides about $1.5 trillion in funding for the federal government through the end of the current federal fiscal year 2022, which ends on September 30. The legislation increases nondefense spending by 6.7% and defense spending by 5.6%, and it includes $13.6 billion in emergency aid for Ukraine. A last-minute change removed a provision that would have rescinded some of the funds states were to receive in their second tranche of Coronavirus State and Local Relief Fund payments to use as a “pay-for” for some of the $15.6 billion in emergency funding for the coronavirus pandemic.
The passage of the legislation allows for the full implementation of the historic investments in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. With the federal government operating under a continuing resolution, many of the infrastructure bill’s funding increases and new programs could not move forward. The omnibus also contains the return of earmarks, some of which are transportation focused.
March 9, 2022 Update:
The $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill must be passed by Friday to avert a federal government shutdown or require passage of another temporary funding measure known as a “continuing resolution.” The mammoth bill—because it would include all 12 appropriations bills that Congress is required to enact each year – will not just identify how much will be spent on which government programs, but is also expected to include billions of dollars for nonprofits in the form of “congressionally directed spending” (earmarks) and additional policies and items of interest to charitable organizations.
The omnibus spending bill is seen as the best, but not only, legislation to advance charitable nonprofit priorities in the areas of giving incentives, workforce shortages, and volunteerism. Even if the omnibus spending bill doesn’t include nonprofit policy priorities, other opportunities exist to enact nonprofit-focused relief. Another possible avenue might be in a revised version of the House-passed Build Back Better Act. Also, Senator Manchin (D-WV) identified several tax, climate, and social spending priorities from that legislation that he could support, reviving interest in a Democrats-only budget reconciliation bill this spring.