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A “cromnibus” bill is legislation which combines a long-term omnibus spending bill with a shorter-term continuing resolution.

From  Marketplace:

It’s that time of year again. No, not the holidays, but Congress’ annual maneuvering to pass a budget. 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.

As NBC News put it:

It’s the love child of a “continuing resolution” (CR) and “omnibus” spending bill, two inside-the-Beltway terms for measures Congress has approved to keep the government funded.

And with Capitol Hill again scrambling to find a way to fund the government before leaving town for the rest of the year, the cromnibus is the country’s best hope of avoiding a shutdown.

Use of “Cromnibus” in a sentence

  • The passing of the cromnibus bill allowed the government to avoid a shutdown, providing funding for various federal agencies through the fiscal year while addressing some specific policy issues.
  • Critics argue that the cromnibus approach to budgeting lacks transparency and oversight, as it bundles numerous unrelated items into a massive spending bill, making it difficult for lawmakers and the public to scrutinize individual allocations.
  • The legislator expressed frustration over the cromnibus, citing that the hurried amalgamation of different spending measures into one bill undermines the deliberative process and often leads to the inclusion of provisions that would not pass scrutiny if considered independently.