Congressional negotiators have agreed to an omnibus spending bill to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year through September 30, a more than $1 trillion package that funnels $7.4 billion for the federal courts—an increase of $156 million above the FY 2016 enacted level.
Funding for the Judiciary, according to the negotiators’ statement, includes “resources for federal court activities, to improve public safety through the supervision of offenders and defendants, to bolster the security of courtrooms and facilities, and to improve the speed and efficiency of processing federal cases.”
The omnibus appropriations measure also extends nine temporary district judgeships, one each in the following districts: eastern district of Missouri; Kansas; Arizona; central district of California; northern district of Alabama; southern district of Florida; New Mexico; the western district of North Carolina; and the eastern district of Texas.
The measure also extends seven temporary bankruptcy judgeships in the following five districts: Virginia; Michigan; Puerto Rico; Delaware; and Florida.
The legislation (HR 244) comprises the 11 unfinished FY 2017 appropriations bills, providing fresh spending instructions for nearly every corner of the federal government. Congress still needs to clear the spending package this week before current appropriations under a continuing resolution expire at midnight on Friday, May 5.
More than 60 FBA leaders on Capitol Hill Day on April 20 helped to promote passage of the Judiciary funding component of the omnibus appropriations measure.