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What’s a ‘cromnibus,’ and how did Missouri and Kansas representatives vote on it?

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Today’s lead story in the print edition (not on the website in the same form) is about the House’s passing a $1.1 trillion spending package late last night. An emailer had a question about a term in it:

Your p.1 story on the passing of the Omnibus Budget Bill last night referred to it being called the "Cromnibus" bill. Not being an insider, I have no idea -- and I suspect most of your readers -- have no idea where this name comes from, or what it means. Perhaps you could enlighten us?

The story mentions it’s a nickname, but doesn’t spell it out. So the reader’s question is understandable.

This story explains it, and it’s an easy answer: The government is currently working under a continuing resolution, and Republicans are wanting to fund just Homeland Security under another continuing resolution. The bigger bill is an onmibus, or many-item resolution. CR + omnibus = cromnibus. It would have been worth a sentence to explain spell it out.

Another reader criticism: The story didn’t include how the local representatives in Washington voted. I’m fairly sure print deadlines were a factor in that omission, but I’ve shared that feedback with the politics editor with the suggestion.

For the record, Missouri's Clay, Graves, Hartzler, Long, Luetkemeyer, Wagner and Smith voted yes. Cleaver did not vote. From Kansas, Jenkins and Yoder voted yes, while Huelskamp and Pompeo voted no.