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The appropriations bills didn’t gain adequate support, so they’ll have to create an omnibus spending bill in the new year.
  a bill that sets the budget of many departments of the United States government at once
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Often, omnibus spending bills are criticized for being full of pork (unnecessary/wasteful spending that pleases constituents). The bills regularly stretch to more than 1,000 pages long and often have not even been read in full by the people voting for them. Nevertheless, they have grown more common in recent years.

Every year, Congress must pass bills that appropriate money for all discretionary government spending. Generally, one bill is passed for each sub-committee of the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations. Ordinarily, each bill is passed separately — one bill for Defense, one for Homeland Security, and so on...

When Congress does not or cannot produce separate bills in a timely fashion (by the beginning of the fiscal year on October 1), it will roll many of the separate appropriations bills into one omnibus spending bill.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omnibus_spending_bill (retrieved 825/08)
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  • The appropriations bills didn’t gain adequate support, so they’ll have to create an omnibus spending bill in the new year.
  • To extend the slavery line of the Missouri Compromise into California and thus split the state, or to delay its admission by tying it to this Omnibus Bill, was reprehensible to Benton, the father-in-law of Colonel John Fremont, hero of California’s exploration and development.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • /), /the jig’s up/, /nameable/, /omnibus bill/, /propaganda/ and /whitewash/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
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Associated words [difficulty]:   omnibus bill [9] , appropriations bill [9]
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