Chairman Yarmuth's Statement on Passage of Omnibus, Inclusion of Power of the Purse Reforms

Press Release

Date: Dec. 23, 2022
Location: Washington, DC

Today, Kentucky Representative John Yarmuth, Chair of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement after the House passed omnibus government funding legislation for Fiscal Year 2023. The legislation passed the Senate on Thursday by a vote of 68-29 and now heads to President Biden's desk for his signature.

The omnibus includes provisions authored by Chairman Yarmuth -- and contained in Title V of the Protecting Our Democracy Act -- to safeguard Congress's Article I spending authorities and promote transparency and accountability of Executive spending.

Most notably, Yarmuth's provisions make permanent a requirement that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) maintain a public apportionment website. While the FY22 omnibus only required the apportionment website to be operational for that fiscal year, the FY23 omnibus legislation makes it permanent.

"The Fiscal Year 2023 government funding legislation is a significant victory for American families and our Democracy," said Chairman Yarmuth. "This legislation includes significant increases in vital non-defense discretionary funding, which will help secure health care coverage for vulnerable children, care for our veterans, and hasten communities' recoveries from emergency disasters, among many other things."

"I am especially proud that this legislation includes provisions I have long championed as Chair of the Budget Committee to reassert Congress' Constitutional power of the purse and oversight responsibilities," Yarmuth continued. "The legislation will permanently make all apportionments publicly available -- improving congressional and public oversight of Executive spending and preventing flagrant violations of foundational budget laws. This legislation caps a historically productive 117th Congress where Democrats consistently put people over politics and worked tirelessly within our caucus and across the aisle to deliver real victories for American families."