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Why the CRomnibus is called the CRomnibus

Andrew Prokop is a senior politics correspondent at Vox, covering the White House, elections, and political scandals and investigations. He’s worked at Vox since the site’s launch in 2014, and before that, he worked as a research assistant at the New Yorker’s Washington, DC, bureau.

On Thursday night, the House passed a bill to fund the government that political insiders are calling the CRomnibus. Many have wondered where such a strange moniker might have originated and what, precisely, it means. Ezra Klein's explainer on the CRomnibus has the answer:

'Why it's called "the CRomnibus": The bill is being referred to on the Hill as the "CRomnibus". That's because it's a mash-up of an omnibus bill, which is how Congress funds the government when things are working normally, and a continuing resolution (CR), which is how Congress funds the government when it can't come to a deal. In this case, the CR only affects the Department of Homeland Security, which, as mentioned before, will see its funding expire in February.'

Now you know. In my view, CRomnibus is a perfectly cromulent word. Read Ezra's piece for more on the CRomnibus, which is expected to be approved by the Senate and signed into law by President Obama soon.

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