Rouda votes to pass second major funding bill
Washington, D.C. – This afternoon Rep. Harley Rouda (CA-48) voted to pass H.R. 3055, a $383 billion dollar appropriations minibus bill which includes funding for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, Agriculture, Interior, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, as well as appropriations related to science, rural development, the FDA, and military construction.
Said Rouda, “Since the first day after being sworn in as a member of Congress, I have worked closely with the Appropriations Committee to make sure that the fiscal year 2020 federal budget reflects the priorities and values of my constituents in Orange County. I’m pleased that the second House funding bill includes provisions to preserve and protect Orange County’s coasts, maintain clean drinking water, fight homelessness, and bring offshore drilling to a halt.
“I will continue to work with the Committee and my Republican colleagues in the House and Senate to see Orange County’s needs are met in the final version of this funding bill.”
The following requests and priorities were included in the final bill:
Commerce, Justice and Science:
- Doubles funding above FY 2019 for grants by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the Coastal Resilience Fund, bringing total funding to $60 million
- Raises funding for NOAA’s Coastal Science, Assessment, Response, and Restoration Program to $84.5 million, $7 million above FY 2019
- Raises funding for NOAA’s Coastal Science and Assessment Competitive External Research to $20 million, $2 million above FY 2019
Interior and Environment:
- Raises the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) State and Local Assistance Grants (STAG) for clean water by $145 million to $1.78 billion
- Raises EPA STAG for drinking water by $174 million to $1.3 billion
- Directs the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management that no further funds may be spent for pre-leasing or leasing of any offshore drilling sale not currently in the 2017 plan
Military Construction and Veterans’ Affairs:
- The Committee requests a report from the Department of Defense on its plans to invest in renewable energy programs at Military Bases
- Provides $222 million for veterans suicide prevention outreach
- The Committee recommends that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) budget for case managers, who serve veterans experiencing homelessness, be increased commensurate with any increases in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) budget for new vouchers.
Agriculture and Rural Development:
- The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children funded to meet anticipated participation, including $90 million for breastfeeding peeer counselors, and $14 million for infrastructure
- The Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer, a program to reduce childhood hunger, receives increased funding of $22 million over FY2019 for a total of $50 million
- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program reserve increased to $5 billion
Transportation and Housing and Urban Development
- HUD Homelessness Assistance Grants raised by $164 million to $2.8 billion
- The HUD Self-Help and Assisted Homeownership Opportunity Program, a program supporting low-income homeownership by providing funding for non-profits and consortia that utilize the sweat-equity model to build housing for first-time homeowners, increased by $1 million to $55 million.
- Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing funded at $40 million. The President’s budget request proposed eliminating this program.