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Entry from December 07, 2014
Cromnibus (continuing resolution + omnibus)

A “cromnibus” (or “CRomnibus") is a political term for a hybrid of a “continuing resolution” (CR) and an “omnibus” bill. For example, the omnibus bill might fund most of the federal government, but the continuing resolution might approve a particular agency’s spending only for a more limited time.

John Boehner (R-OH), then House Minority Leader, issued the following press release on January 28, 2007:

“While the details of this Omnibus spending bill – or CROMNIBUS, to coin a hybrid phrase for cramming roughly half the entire federal discretionary budget and assorted policy changes into one vehicle – have not been made public, a few of its figures have been leaked.”


John Boehner, Speaker of the House
What’s Buried in the Democrat “Cromnibus?”
January 28, 2007|Speaker Boehner’s Press Office
The business before the House of Representatives this week includes consideration of the Democrats’ continuing resolution, or CR, on Wednesday. While the details of this Omnibus spending bill – or CROMNIBUS, to coin a hybrid phrase for cramming roughly half the entire federal discretionary budget and assorted policy changes into one vehicle – have not been made public, a few of its figures have been leaked.

capitolwords
What Is Good For America
volume 153 , number 18 pages h1033-h1040housetue, jan. 30, 2007
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Rep. Phil Gingrey
I have heard this thing called a lot of terms other than a CR. I have heard some refer to it as a ``CRomnibus.’’ To me, and maybe my colleagues can understand this better because ``CRomnibus’’ is a little difficult to decipher, it looks like a hooker dressed up like a nun.

MichelleMalkin.com
Right fight on the Hill
By Michelle Malkin • September 16, 2008 11:29 AM
What’s going on in Washington? Votes on defense, energy, and taxes are on the way. Sen. Jim DeMint’s office sends a helpful update by conservative for conservatives:
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However, Reid’s “to-do” list to be completed before Congress adjourns in two weeks includes energy, tax extenders, and a continuing resolution (CR) — all of which could ultimately be packaged in any number of ways. It’s possible we could see a return of the evil “CRomnibus” where the House starts with the CR, adds a bunch of energy taxes, throws in the extenders, air-drops a bunch of wasteful spending, and then tosses it over the fence 24 hours before the government shuts down with a “take it or leave it” attitude.

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John Gramlich
‏@johngramlich
Just heard a source say “cromnibus” to refer to a combination CR & omnibus. Fought temptation to tell her how craycray that is
3:42 PM - 30 Dec 2013

Marketplace
Congress’ latest fiscal buzzword: ‘Cromnibus’
by Nancy Marshall-Genzer
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 14:00
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It has to figure out a way to keep the government running beyond Dec. 11, when current funding runs out. A lot of terms have been used to describe this annual ritual. Remember fiscal cliff?  Now there’s a new one: Cromnibus.  It’s part omnibus – that is, a long-term funding bill – and part continuing resolution, or CR – for short-term funding. CR plus omnibus equals “cromnibus.”

“More Congressional folly,” says Norm Ornstein, a resident scholar at the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute.

Ornstein says the GOP base wants to fight President Obama’s recent executive order on immigration. So, Republicans in Congress are reportedly considering a cromnibus. That is, an omnibus bill to fund most of the government through September and a continuing resolution to fund the Department of Homeland Security for just a few months.

The Hill
What is the ‘cromnibus?’
By Rebecca Shabad - 12/03/14 06:00 AM EST
Both chambers of Congress on Tuesday appeared to be leaning toward moving something called a “cromnibus” to fund the government through next year.

The cromnibus isn’t some tasty new donut. It’s a combination of a long-term omnibus spending bill and a shorter-term continuing resolution (CR).

TPM DC
Who The Hell Is Responsible For The Godawful Word ‘Cromnibus’?
By DYLAN SCOTT Published DECEMBER 4, 2014, 10:42 AM EST
CROMNIBUS.

It just sounds bureaucratic, archaic, the embodiment of insider Washington vernacular. And that is indeed the well from which it springs: A portmanteau of continuing resolution, shortened in Hill-speak to C.R., and omnibus.

The House GOP leadership wants to combine them—funding most of the government for a year with an omnibus bill, but the agencies responsible for President Obama’s executive actions on immigration for a shorter period with a CR. It’s the best plan they have so far to fight the White House on the issue.
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It might be the first to truly popularize it, but a LexisNexis search reveals that the first press mention is a Jan. 30, 2007, CQ Roll Call article. Ironically, it was the Republicans criticizing a budget ploy by the new Democratic majorities. “Some Republicans derided the bill as a ‘CRomnibus’,” the newspaper reported at the time.

The Wall Street Journal
8:57 am ET Dec 5, 2014 BUDGET
Q&A: What Is the ‘Cromnibus?’
By KRISTINA PETERSON
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What is this “cromnibus” idea that lawmakers keep talking about?

Short answer: The most likely way for Congress to avoid a government shutdown on Dec. 11 and kick a fight over President Barack Obama‘s immigration action into next year.

Slightly longer answer: Much like a Cronut combines a croissant and a doughnut, the cromnibus merges two types of spending bills: a continuing resolution, or CR, and an omnibus.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Sunday, December 07, 2014 • Permalink