December 17, 2019
Press Release
Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations packages make bold investments in childhood education, infrastructure, workforce development, and more. Bipartisan spending bills avert shutdown and fully fund the government through 2020

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle voted in support of two robust, bipartisan Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations packages that invests in the future of America’s hardworking families. The packages, H.R. 1865 and H.R. 1158, comprise all 12 FY 2020 funding bills.

“With these investments, we are taking bold steps to meet the needs of everyday Americans and strengthen our communities,” said Rep. Morelle. “I am grateful that we were able to reach a bipartisan agreement that not only fully funds our government and averts a shutdown, but makes significant investments in healthcare, workforce development, infrastructure, and more. I look forward to continuing our work to advance these priorities and support hardworking families in Monroe County.”

Highlights of this appropriations package include:

Investing in the Rochester community:

  • No less than $80 million in funding for the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics, which continues to cement its place as a world-class institution and leader in cutting edge scientific research.
  • $79.5 million for Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID).
  • $14 million for Rochester Institute of Technology’s REMADE Institute, dedicated to supporting clean energy manufacturing innovation.

Protecting Our Environment

  • $9 billion, a $208 million increase, for the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure clean air and water and to hold polluters accountable.
  • $495 million for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. 
  • $2.79 billion for clean, affordable, and secure energy to ensure American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy.
  • Rejects the administration’s request to cut funding for climate, weather, and oceans research by 41 percent, and instead funds the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) research at $590 million.

Enhancing Education

  • $10.6 billion for Head Start programs, a record-high funding level that will support low-income families.
  • $5.8 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, providing funding for 44,000 more children to be served by the program.
  • Increases the Pell Grant maximum award by $150, to $6,345 when combined with mandatory funding, for roughly 7 million students from low and middle-income families.

Supporting Essential Food and Nutrition Programs

  • $67.886 billion in required mandatory spending for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) This marks the first time SNAP reserve funds are available for three full years to provide certainty in case of a future shutdown.
  • $23.615 billion in required mandatory funding for child nutrition programs to support free or reduced-lunch programs for children in need.

Strengthening our Infrastructure, Housing, and Transportation

  • More than $15.5 billion in funding for new transportation and housing infrastructure projects.
  • $3.4 billion for Community Development Block Grants.
  • $2.78 billion in Homeless Assistance Grants, including $80 million for homeless youth and $50 million for survivors of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. 
  • More than $84 million in New York Highway and Transit Infrastructure funding.
  • More than $45 billion to preserve affordable housing for low-income families.
  • $3.7 billion for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), an increase of $50 million.

Bolstering Workforce Development Initiatives

  • Rejects the Trump Administration’s proposed $1.3 billion cut to Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and includes $9.3 billion, which is a $178 million, or approximately 2 percent, increase
  • $2.8 billion for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Grants.
  • $175 million for Registered Apprenticeships and $95 million for YouthBuild programs.
  • $40 million for a new investment in community colleges and eligible four-year partners through Strengthening Community College Training Grants. Funding will help meet local and regional labor market demand for a skilled workforce by providing training to workers in in-demand industries.

Securing Our Elections and Safeguarding our Communities

  • $425 million for election security grants to states to protect and secure our elections.
  • $25 million for federal research at the Center for Disease Control and National Institute of Health into our nation’s gun violence epidemic - the first funding for gun violence research in more than 20 years.

Strengthening Women’s Health Programs

  • $3.2 billion for programs to improve maternal and child health, including $575 million for family planning programs.
  • $502.5 million, the highest funding level ever, for grants provided by the Office on Violence Against Women to support programs dealing with sexual assault and domestic violence.
  • $34 million for the Office on Women’s Health.

Honoring Our Veterans and Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

  • $80 billion for Veterans Affairs (VA) medical care, including funding to provide homelessness assistance, suicide prevention and outreach, and gender-specific care.
  • $3.8 billion for substance abuse treatment, including continued funding for opioid prevention and treatment.
  • $402 million for VA opioid abuse prevention.