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Maloney Votes to Invest in Hudson Valley Communities, Schools and Health Care in Second Appropriations Package

Jul 31, 2020
Press Release

Maloney Votes to Invest in Hudson Valley Communities, Schools and Health Care in Second Appropriations Package

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) helped pass the House of Representatives’ second appropriations package, funding vital 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.

“Unprecedented times like these require bold investments in our communities so we can keep rebuilding and strengthening the Hudson Valley. This funding package will dedicate billions in new infrastructure and clean water project funding, invest in our schools, fight the opioid epidemic, and infuse more development projects into our communities at a time when we need it most,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

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.

Rep. Maloney successfully fought to include an amendment to the funding package that will increase funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services by $10 million. These funds will support updating technology, like Wi-Fi and computers, in libraries located in economically distressed communities. Many students may not have the technology or internet available at home to succeed in hybrid or fully-virtual classes. Libraries are a great place to offer these types of free community services in a safe environment.

The “minibus” appropriations package includes many provisions that will support the Hudson Valley, including provisions to:

Rebuild our Infrastructure:

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. Expanding broadband is critical for Hudson Valley workers, students, teachers and families as virtual instruction and work continues throughout the recovery from the pandemic.

 Support our Troops and Military Families:

This package provides the funding to support the 3 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 the health of 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 our 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.