Home > newsroom > Page
Reid-Boxer Omnibus Filled with a Hundred Bills, Billions of Dollars in New Spending


WASHINGTON, D.C., December 18, 2010 - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Barbara Boxer are moving forward with their plan to pass a massive land, wildlife and water omnibus package in the final days of the lame-duck Congress. This colossal bill will cost billions of dollars and include over a hundred measures that will create new spending programs, cost jobs, harm our economy, expand the power of the EPA, lock-up more public land, block U.S. energy production and complicate Border Patrol's ability to secure our border.

“Harry Reid abandoned one giant omnibus package this week, but still remains defiant on creating a new bloated bill against the wishes of the American people,” said Doc Hastings, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman-elect. “This latest omnibus package is also stuffed full of costly programs and wasteful spending – the scope of which will impact people and jobs across the entire county. We have a debt that is costing jobs and putting future generations at risk. Instead of haphazardly approving billions in new spending, we have an obligation to ask if spending money on these programs is so critical that we should further indebt ourselves to foreign countries and put our economic security at risk. This monster bill must be defeated.”

What’s Included in the Reid-Boxer Omnibus:

  • Over a thousand pages.
  • 110 bills, many of which have never been voted on by the full House or Senate before.
  • More than $18 billion in new spending over 10 years.
  • Funding increases for existing programs, including:
    • $9 billion in permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) over 10 years, which is primarily used to purchase more federal land.
    • $136 million for the Public Lands Service Corps over five years – double the current funding level.
    • $65 million to kill non-native rats, (nutria) on public and private lands in Maryland, Louisiana and other eligible coastal states.
    • $40 million for conservation of neotropical migratory birds, even though the majority are not threatened or endangered.
  • Creation of new federal programs, including:
    • Over $500 million for National Fish Habit Conservation spending programs and offices.
    • More than $200 million over five years to create a new national harmful algal bloom (HAB) and hypoxia programs.
    • $208 million over six years for a Coral Reef Conservation Program, including $40 million for a new international program.
    • $15 million to assist great cats and rare canids – one of which is only found in Spain and Portugal.
    • $15 million to assist 15 species of cranes living in both North America and Asia.
  • Multiple bills that expand EPA’s power to control the economy and kill jobs, and will cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Designation of over 272,673 acres of new Wilderness in three states – placing land off limits to energy production, public recreation and threatening U.S. Border Patrol’s ability to secure the border.

Print version of this document


Contact: Jill Strait or Spencer Pederson (202) 226-2311

Latest News

Investigative Report on EPA’s Gold King Mine Blowout Released by House Committee on Natural Resources Majority Staff

Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources released a Majority staff report detailing information uncovered during the Committee’s ongoing investigation of the EPA’s Gold King Mine blowout near S...... Read more

Bishop: President Obama’s Unilateral Anti-Energy Agenda Will Ultimately be Gutted by the Courts

Yesterday, the Supreme Court stayed the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan in a 5-4 decision. Chairman Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Much of the President’s unilateral agenda, in...... Read more

Panel Discusses Federal Conflicts Involving Fisheries Predation, Negative Impacts on Drought Mitigation

Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing titled, “The Costly Impacts of Predation and Conflicting Federal Statues on Nature and Endangered Fish Species.” The panel ...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

The U.S. Department of Treasury's Analysis of the Situation in Puerto Rico
Full Committee | 1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
View All Events