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Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017
Public Law 115-31

Pub. L. 115–31, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017; 131 Stat. 135; May 5, 2017; H.R. 244 (115th Congress)

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In May 2017, this bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, the bill that would fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2017, that is, through the end of September 2017.

Prior to becoming the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, this bill was the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017. The summary below is from the Republican Policy Committee:

H.R. 244, as amended, would require the Department of Labor (DOL) to establish the HIRE Vets Medallion Program, within two years of enactment, to annually recognize private and public sector businesses for their efforts to employ veterans. DOL would make awards to employers, on a voluntary basis, who recruit, employ, and retain veterans; and provide community and charitable services supporting the veteran community. Employers would earn either platinum or gold status based on requirements related to the number of veterans hired each year, if they provide pay equity for Guardsmen and Reserve employees who were called up to active military service, and if certain other requirements are met.

Beginning two fiscal years after the program is established, the bill would require DOL to assess fees on employers that apply to the program to cover the complete costs of the program. Those fees would be available without further appropriation to operate the program. [Source: GovTrack]


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General  Information

Public Law: Pub. L. 115–31 
Stat. At Large:
131 Stat. 135
May 5, 2017 
Bill Number:
H.R. 244 (115th Congress)
Rep. Cook, Paul [R-CA-8]
This was the final appropriation bill for fiscal year 2018, the fiscal year being about half over. 

Applicable Text of Statute


If, for fiscal year 2017, new budget authority provided in appropriations Acts exceeds the discretionary spending limit for any category set forth in section 251(c) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 due to estimating differences with the Congressional Budget Office, an adjustment to the discretionary spending limit in such category for fiscal year 2017 shall be made by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the amount of the excess but the total of all such adjustments shall not exceed 0.2 percent of the sum of the adjusted discretionary spending limits for all categories for that fiscal year.