Two contentious issues left out of the omnibus that will come up again early next year are whether to crackdown on Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the country and how to help Puerto Rico with its debt crisis.
Following the Paris terror attacks, the House passed legislation that would prevent Iraqi and Syrian refugees from coming to the United States until the administration took steps to assure Congress the program is not being used as a gateway for terrorists.
In an effort to ensure the health and safety of the public and federal employees, Congress passed legislation mandating drug and alcohol testing of employees occupying positions throughout the federal government.
In response to this legislation the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) developed regulations for the creation of workplace drug and alcohol testing programs.
While members of both parties grumbled about what made it into the legislation and what was held out, the agreement unveiled earlier this week easily passed both chambers.
“[Republicans] wanted big oil so much that they gave away the store.” There was far less drama in the Senate over the agreement, which Mc Connell and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pitched as a deal with wins for both parties and the best that could be expected in a divided government.
The US Department of the Interior’s Drug Testing Program in partnership with DOI University has created 6 one-hour, online courses to assist federal employees and supervisors in better understanding HHS and DOT drug and alcohol testing requirements and procedures: US Department of the Interior Employees: DOI employees can access the courses on DOI Learn.
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“It’s an early Christmas present for Donald Trump,” Huelskamp said. “In order to avoid a government shutdown, a cowardly threat from an incompetent President, the elected Republicans in Congress threw in the towel and showed absolutely no budget discipline.” Budget watchdog groups have been critical of the tax bill, in particular, arguing it’s a deficit buster.
“This is just more of the same era of bad deals in Washington.”  On the campaign trail, most Republican presidential candidates panned the legislation. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) voted against the bill while Lindsey Graham (R-S. “In typical Washington fashion, Congress has added nearly a trillion to the debt, declared victory and is going home,” Maya Mac Guineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget said in a release.