CONGRESSMAN JOE MORELLE VOTES TO PASS APPROPRIATIONS PACKAGE THAT PUTS OUR COMMUNITIES FIRST

July 24, 2020
Press Release
Investments help expand food security assistance, prioritize public health, protect our natural resources, support our veterans, and improve our nation’s infrastructure

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle joined House colleagues in passing the first Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 appropriations package, H.R. 7069. This package includes funding for State-Foreign Operations, Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA, Interior-Environment, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.

“The investments that we made here today are more than just a commitment to our community, they’re firm action items that will help Monroe County continue to grow and heal as we emerge from this pandemic,” said Rep. Morelle. “I am especially pleased that this package prioritizes public health, strengthens food security, helps our climate, and supports veterans and service members across our country. As we continue to navigate our way through a pandemic, it’s more important than ever that we renew our promise to expand opportunities for every person in every corner of the nation.”

Highlights of this appropriations package include:

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

  • Gives FDA legal authority to require the recall of unsafe prescription and over-the-counter drugs
  • Restores funding for the World Health Organization, a vital U.S. partner in the fight against COVID-19, which President Trump has threatened to cut off

FOOD SECURITY

  • Fully funds the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) with $68.277 billion
  • Funds $25.131 billion for child nutrition programs
  • Funds 5.75 billion for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) 
  • Blocks two SNAP rules by the Trump administration designed to restrict program eligibility

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • $13.83 billion for the Department of the Interior, $304 million above fiscal year 2020
  • $9.38 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency, $318 million above fiscal year 2020

VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES

  • Provides $12.5 billion in emergency appropriations for VA to address sharply rising health care costs
  •  Veterans Medical Care – $90.0 billion, $9.8 billion above fiscal year 2020
  • Mental Health Care – $10.3 billion
  • Homeless Assistance Programs – $1.9 billion
  • Gender-Specific Care for Women – $661 million

INFRASTRUCTURE

  •  $15.17 billion in water infrastructure and other infrastructure programs
  •  $990 million for the Rural Broadband ReConnect Program, $435 million above fiscal year 2020

 

 

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