With two Rouda Amendments, House passes funding bill for Labor, Health, Education, Defense, Foreign Affairs, Energy and Water Development
Washington, D.C. – This afternoon Rep. Harley Rouda (CA-48) voted to pass H.R. 2740, a $982.8 billion dollar appropriations minibus bill which would fund the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Energy, Defense, and State, including funding for Foreign Operations and Energy and Water Development.
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 2020 federal budget reflects the priorities and values of my constituents in Orange County. I’m pleased that this first funding bill includes provisions aimed at protecting our environment, supporting health centers, advancing the rights of LGBTQ individuals, and strengthening the infrastructure and resiliency of Orange County.
“Additionally, I submitted amendments last week to call attention to two especially urgent concerns in our community.
“My first amendment discourages the Trump Administration from stripping protections from, and then deporting Vietnamese Americans who, as children, fled the violence of the Vietnam War and its aftermath to the United States.
“Second, I submitted an amendment encouraging Congress to permit state and local governments, like Orange County, conduct its own feasibility studies regarding Army Corps of Engineering Projects like the Santa Ana Mainstem.
‘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.”
Both Rouda Amendments were agreed to, and passed the House today as part of this funding package. The following requests and priorities were included in the final bill:
Labor, Health, and Human Services:
- The Health Centers program receives $1.7 billion, an increase of $50 million over FY2019
- Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions receive $18 million, an increase of $14 million over FY2019
- Federal Impact Aid to school districts affected by tax-exempt federal institutions, such as the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, increases to $1.5 billion, an increase of $52 million over FY2019
- Family Planning increases to $400 million, an increase of $114 million over FY2019
State and Foreign Operations:
- Removes the prohibition on contributions to the Green Climate Fund from FY2019 and replaces it with permissive authority
- Prohibits the use of funds to withdraw from the Paris Agreement
- Includes new report language acknowledging that climate change is a threat to national security and calls on the Secretary of State to submit a report on the Department’s efforts in meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement
- Promotes LGBTQ rights by appropriating
- $250,000 for the Special Envoy for the Human Rights Division of LGBTQ Persons
- $7.5 million for the Global Equality Fund
- $5 million for USAID’s LGBTQ Portfolio in the Democracy Fund
- Includes language supporting funding the Human Rights Division and LGBTQ portfolio at no less than prior year levels
- Includes language requiring a report from State and USAID detailing their efforts to promote LGBTQ human rights
- Includes language requiring State and USAID to report on LGBTQ discrimination around the world in annual Human Rights Reports
Energy and Water
- U.S. Army Corps Construction account funded at $2.4 billion, an increase of $154 million over FY2019
- Department of Energy Nuclear Energy Interim Storage funded at $25 million
- DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy funded at $2.652 billion, an increase of $273 million over FY2019
- Peer-reviewed Breast Cancer research increased $150 million over FY2019
- Navy Defense University Research Instrumentation Program increased $10 million over FY2019
- Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program increased $155 million over FY2019