CONGRESSMAN JOE MORELLE VOTES FOR SECOND APPROPRIATIONS PACKAGE THAT DELIVERS FOR FAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA

July 31, 2020
Press Release
Package includes critical investments in public health, education, clean energy, and more Morelle amendment to support University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics included in legislation

(Washington, DC) - Today, Congressman Joe Morelle voted to pass the second Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 appropriations package, H.R. 7617. This package includes six spending bills: Defense, Commerce-Justice-Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Service and General Government, Labor-HHS-Education, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development.

“Today’s vote makes our priorities in the House of Representatives clear: In the midst of a global health crisis, we are working to prioritize public health, invest in education and job opportunities, combat climate change, and address police reform,” said Rep. Morelle. “I’m proud that this package takes bold steps to meet the needs of people across our country, especially as we continue to navigate this unprecedented period.”

Rep. Morelle’s amendment procuring funding for cyber-infrastructure has been included in the bill. This funding will directly benefit the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE). LLE annually carries out roughly 80% of the experiments conducted for the Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) program, an integral part of the science-based Stockpile Stewardship Program under the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

Other highlights of this package include:

MEDICAL RESEARCH

  • $47 billion for the National Institutes of Health, an increase of $5.5 billion above FY20.
  • $50 million, an increase of $25 million above FY20, for firearm injury and mortality prevention research at CDC and NIH.

EDUCATION AND JOB TRAINING

  • $73.5 billion for the Department of Education, $6.9 billion above Trump’s request.
  • $10.2 billion for the Employment and Training Administration, $1.5 billion above Trump’s request.

STRONG COMMUNITIES

  • $3.5 billion for Community Development Block Grants, rejecting Trump’s proposal to eliminate the program.
  • $356 million for the Economic Development Administration, helping boost struggling communities.
  • $273.5 million for Community Development Financial Institutions, rejecting Trump’s proposal to eliminate the program.

CLIMATE CHANGE

  • $12 billion across Department of Energy programs to support clean, affordable, and secure energy.
  • $5.45 billion for NOAA, helping address important priorities such as climate research.

INFRASTRUCTURE

  • $107.2 billion in total budgetary resources for the Department of Transportation, $19.4 billion above Trump’s request.
  • $7.6 billion for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including studies, construction, and operation & maintenance.
  • $75 billion in emergency funding to rebuild our nation’s transportation and housing infrastructure.
  • $61 billion in emergency funding to expand the availability of broadband to unserved and underserved areas.
  • $43.5 billion in emergency spending modernize water and energy infrastructure.
  • $24.425 billion in emergency spending to support state and local public health agencies and global health activities. 

HOUSING

  • $50.6 billion for Housing and Urban Development, $13.3 billion above Trump’s request.
  • Blocks Trump administration rules targeting undocumented immigrants and LGBT people.

POLICE REFORM

  • Implements key components of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, with strong funding for police reform.
  • Conditions federal grant funding for state and local law enforcement on significant improvements to police practices.

 

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