Sen. Rand Paul gets ready to read the omnibus spending bill and tweet about it March 22, 2018.
(Photo: Rand Paul via Twitter)
WASHINGTON — The $1.3 trillion spending bill passed by the House on Thursday takes up 2,232 pages of text.
It details spending for every agency of government through the end of the current fiscal year, Sept. 30.
In those thousands of pages are programs that effect every American. Here is a laundry list of items in the bill that may not have received much attention.
Opioids: $1 billion in new funding for grants to states and Indian tribes to fight the opioid epidemic; $476 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to boost opioid surveillance and prevention activities; $500 million for research on opioid addiction; and $130 million to help hard-hit rural communities deal with the opioid epidemic.
Broadband expansion: $625 million to help expand broadband service into rural areas.
Wildfires: $2.8 billion to the U.
S. Forest Service for wildfire prevention and suppression.
Hunting: Includes language to prevent the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management from closing more public lands to hunting and recreational shooting except in cases of public safety.
Federal regulations: Includes language to rein in what the administration considers outdated, unnecessary and potentially harmful regulations at the EPA.
For example, the bill includes language prohibiting the regulation of lead content in ammunition and fishing tackle, relieving livestock operations from EPA permitting requirements and exempting livestock producers from EPA greenhouse gas regulations.
Earthquake preparedness: $23 million to the U.
S. Geological Survey for an earthquake early warning system to help save lives during natural disasters.
Eisenhower memorial: $45 million to complete construction of a memorial to former President Dwight Eisenhower near the National Mall in Washington.
Electric grid: $248 million to strengthen the nation’s electric grid against cyber and other attacks.
Tax reform: $320 million to help the IRS upgrade schedules, forms and systems to reflect the new tax code adopted in last year’s tax-reform bill.
Election security: $380 million for state grants to improve election equipment and combat outside interference in U.
Veterans’ Affairs: Includes funding for new oversight offices requested by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to protect whistleblowers and investigate poorly performing manages and cases of inferior patient care. The offices will support the secretary’s new authority to fire or demote poorly performing employees and recoup pay, benefits and awards in cases of malfeasance.
Capitol security: Following last year’s shooting at a congressional baseball game, the bill includes $7.5 million for Capitol police for more training, technology and equipment.
Employee tips: Includes language prohibiting employers from keeping tips received by employees.
Young athletes: Provides resources to protect amateur athletes against emotional, physical, and sexual abuse in sports
National parks: Includes a $154 million increase to help the National Park Service deal with the maintenance backlog at national parks.