CONGRESSMAN JOE MORELLE VOTES TO INVEST IN AMERICA’S FAMILIES
(Rochester, NY) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle announced that he has joined House colleagues in passing the first Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations package, H.R. 2740. This package includes funding for Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), Education, Energy and Water Development, State-Foreign Operations, and Defense that invest in the future of America’s hardworking families.
“The House of Representatives has made our priorities clear: we are working every day to improve healthcare, create opportunity, and support hardworking families across our nation. I am pleased that this appropriations package does just that,” said Rep. Morelle. “With these investments, we are taking bold steps to meet the needs of everyday Americans and strengthen the future of our communities.”
Highlights of this appropriations package include:
Strengthening Women’s Health Programs
- $973 million, an increase of $46 million, for programs to improve maternal and child health – including an additional $5 million to reduce maternal mortality.
- $805.5 million for international family planning services, giving millions of women access to vital care.
- $1.7 billion, an increase of $50 million, for Community Health Centers.
- Repeals the Trump Administration’s Global Gag Rule, which prohibits international organizations that provide abortions from receiving any federal funding.
Investing in Early Childhood Education
- An increase of $4 billion for early childhood programs over the FY 2019 enacted level, the largest single-year increase ever provided.
- $7.7 billion for Child Care and Development Block Grant – an increase of $2.4 billion over the FY 2019 enacted level, providing funding for approximately 300,000 additional children.
- $11.6 billion for Head Start programs, an increase of $1.5 billion that will expand access to an additional 80,000 infants and toddlers from low-income families.
Advancing Clean Energy
- Prohibit use of any funds to withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement
- $2.6 billion for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy initiatives, including $28 million for two Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, one of which is Rochester Institute of Technology’s REMADE Institute.
Supporting Critical Research and Disease Prevention
- $50 million to support firearm injury and mortality prevention research by the National Institute of Health and Center for Disease Control – the first funding for gun violence research in more than 20 years.
- $2.4 billion for Alzheimer’s disease research.
- $195 million for the Cancer Moonshot research initiative.
- $3.2 billion for HIV/AIDS research.
Bolstering Workforce Development Initiatives
- $316 million for Veterans Employment and Training Service, an increase of $16 million.
- $3 billion for workforce Innovation and Opportunity grants, $178 million above FY 2019 level and the President’s request.
- $250 million for registered apprenticeships, an increase of $90 million.
- $128 million for YouthBuild programs, an increase of $38 million.
- $464 million for the Senior Community Service Employment for Older Americans Program, which the President’s budget proposed to eliminate.
HR 2740 marks the first appropriations package for FY 2020 taken up by the House. Additional appropriations bills will be taken up in the coming weeks.