The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the odd duck civilian water resources development agency that happens to be located in the Army, hit it big in the Omnibus.
The agency received more than $6.8 billion in funding, which is nearly $800 million more than last year (a 7.5 percent increase) and $1.8 billion more than the President’s Budget Request.
The boost over the budget request is not that surprising. Presidents of both parties routinely low-ball Corps funding knowing that Congress’ pet agency will get a boost. But the year-to-year increase is notable, especially if you consider that the Corps received more than $17 billion (!) in emergency disaster funding in February.