House-Senate negotiators have just released a gigantic $1.1 trillion spending bill that fills in the blanks of the budget Obama signed in December.
The bill sounds like a huge spending splurge, but its discretionary spending is actually 10% smaller than Bush's last appropriations bill, passed in 2008.
The bill will fund the government until the end of 2014. It restores some of the spending cuts made in the sequester, notably boosting funding for the Head Start early childhood education program, one of Obama's priorities.
This spending bill directs less money to defense spending and more to non-defense programs, compared to Bush's spending bill in 2008. The Pentagon's "base budget is expected to drop to about $488 billion," Politico reports. That's far less than the $642.1 billion allocated to the Pentagon back in 2008.
Head Start looks like a winner here. Omnibus has $8.6 billion for program, which is $612 million more than the sequester level- Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) January 14, 2014