Early yesterday morning, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees filed a $1.15 trillion Omnibus spending bill for the remaining ten months of FY 2016 ending September 30, 2016. 

The bill includes funding for the 12 annual appropriations bills and reflects the increased domestic discretionary funding provided by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, enacted on November 2.

Stephanie Metzinger

In the excitement and high activity of the holiday season, we sometimes overlook the need to be vigilant and take care of our personal items. 

Allstate Insurance indicates that burglaries increase by 11 percent during the holidays and items stolen from vehicles increase by 17 percent. When we are out buying presents and materials for our holiday parties we sometimes forget that these items are visible; this may attract more attention than we want and can result in a break-in or theft from our home or our vehicles.

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