Appropriation Bills on the Floor This Week

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July 30, 2020
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  • This week, the House will begin consideration of a second Minibus, H.R. 7617, FY 2021 Six-Bill Appropriations Minibus. This package includes the following six appropriations bills: Defense; Commerce-Justice-Science; Energy and Water Development; Financial Services and General Government; Labor-HHS-Education, and Transportation-HUD.  It will:    
  • Make smart investments in our national security and provide a 3 percent pay raise for our troops;
  • Invest in the safety of our communities, including by funding the implementation of key police reforms included in the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act;
  • Make bold, future-focused investments in the clean energy economy of the future and modernizing energy infrastructure;
  • Protect consumers, assist small businesses, invest in distressed communities and ensure integrity of Federal elections;
  • Build a pathway for all Americans to access quality health care, a good education, and good-paying jobs;
  • Make future-focused, job-creating investments in infrastructure, protect vulnerable communities and expand access to safe, affordable and fair housing.

 

  • Defense:  Makes smart investments in our national security; fully funds a 3 percent pay raise for our troops; invests in the health care programs for our troops; implements the provision in the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act that limits transfer of military-grade equipment to law enforcement; and makes improvements in the DOD sexual assault prevention and response programs.    

 

  • Commerce-Justice-Science:  Invests in the safety of our communities; provides $400 million in grants to carry out police reforms as authorized by the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act; provides $525 million for VAWA programs; funds research into the climate crisis; and advances science and technology.

 

  • Energy and Water Development:  Makes bold, future-focused investments to spur energy innovation that will create jobs and reinvigorate the economy while working to mitigate and adapt to climate change, improve the nation’s water infrastructure, and strengthen national security.

 

  • Financial Services and General Government: Supports a range of functions in the Executive and Judicial branchesincluding the Treasury, Executive Office of the President, District of Columbia and Federal Judiciary as well as independent agencies including the CFPB, SBA and Election Assistance Commission.

 

  • Labor-HHS-Education: Provides $196.5 billion, including $24.425 billion in emergency spending for critical public health and emergency response activities as we continue to battle the pandemic, including $4.5 billion in emergency funding for BARDA to develop and manufacture vaccines and therapeutics.

 

  • Transportation-HUD:  Provides critical funding for roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, and aviation and invests in safe, affordable and fair housing initiatives to help vulnerable populations, including seniors, the disabled, homeless families and youth, domestic violence survivors, and veterans.  

I will be voting YES on the "minibus"