WASHINGTON – Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Monday, voted for the House of Representatives’ second appropriations package, funding programs and services for the 2021 fiscal year, including projects that support infrastructure development, expand public health, invest in our schools, and fight the opioid epidemic.
The House’s second “minibus” appropriations package consists of six Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations bills: Defense, Commerce-Justice-Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Service and General Government, Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development.
The “minibus” appropriations package includes many provisions that will support the Hudson Valley, including provisions to:
This package will dedicate $107 billion to support the Department of Transportation (DOT) and DOT projects that strengthen and repair infrastructure projects across the county. Additionally, the House has dedicated over $7 billion to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for new construction of projects and the maintenance of Corps projects that support clean water and energy developments in communities across America.
This appropriations package will also expand broadband to unserved and underserved communities by investing $61 billion in emergency funding for broadband programs.
Support the Troops and Military Families:
This package provides the funding to support the three percent military pay raise passed in the National Defense Authorization Act. The bill also dedicates more than $33 billion for Department of Defense health programs that support our troops, including $512 million for cancer research.
Support Public Health and Fight the Opioid Epidemic:
In response to the ongoing public health improvements needed during this pandemic, the House has appropriated $47 billion for the National Institutes of Health, which is fighting to find new testing and tracing techniques for COVID-19. Additionally, the bill will dedicate over $24 billion to emergency spending to support state and local public health agencies as they fight on the frontlines of this pandemic.
This appropriations package will also provide $412 million for grant programs to combat addiction and opioid abuse. These funds will help support drug courts, treatment, prescription drug monitoring, and overdose-reversal drugs.
Invest in Education and Job Training:
This bill will invest over $73 billion in the Department of Education to support our schools. This is in addition to emergency COVID-19 relief funding passed in the CARES Act and Heroes Act by the House.
Additionally, this bill will dedicate over $10 billion for the Employment and Training Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Labor, which provides training and employment services to workers across the country.
Develop and Strengthen Communities:
Despite the White House’s proposal to eliminate the Community Development Block Grants program, this appropriations bill will dedicate $3.5 billion for this vital program.
The bill will also dedicate $356 million for the Economic Development Administration, helping boost struggling communities and small businesses. The bill will also dedicate $273.5 million for Community Development Financial Institutions, which generates economic growth and opportunity in communities across the country.