Rep. Brenda Lawrence, Announces Appropriations Funding Approval for Commerce-Justice-Science and Interior-Environment Agencies
Washington, D.C. – Last Wednesday, the House Committee on Appropriations advanced the FY2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) and Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies funding bills for full approval by the U.S. House of Representatives. The CJS bill provides $73.9 billion for vital programs such as, an increase in funding for the Census Bureau, as well as appropriating significant funding for programs and grants that Americans rely on. Those programs include: the Violence Against Women program, youth mentoring grants, Byrne Justice Assistance grants, anti-human trafficking grants, comprehensive addiction and recovery act grants. The Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies bill provides $37.3 billion to the related agencies, ensuring that our communities are safe and healthy, while also protecting our environment and public lands. Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence issued the following statement after the House Committee on Appropriations’ passed these two FY2020 funding bills out of full committee.
“Both the CJS and Interior-Environment funding bills, will fill budgetary holes left by President Trump and allow our agencies to serve the American people at full capacity, said Congresswoman Lawrence. The FY2020 CJS funding bill provides substantial funding for the COPS program, which allocates invaluable resources for local police departments in need of federal assistance. The bill also increases the budgets of the FBI, DEA, and ATF, whose personnel keep the constituents of the 14th District, state of Michigan, and the country safe from threats.”
“This year’s Interior-EPA funding bill provides essential funding that protects our public lands and safeguards our environment. This bill is a forceful rejection of President Trump’s budget cuts that puts the health of Americans at risk in exchange for anti-environmental policies, said Congresswoman Lawrence. “The bill funds significant programs that tackle climate change, continues life-saving research, safeguards America’s precious natural resources, protects public lands, defends wildlife, and guards our nation’s most vulnerable from harmful toxins. Prioritizing clean water and air by directly addressing toxins such as lead and PFAS ensures the federal government is taking responsibility for the health of our communities and the next generation.”
The passed measures prioritize significant programs, including: the 2020 Census, modernizing public water infrastructure; supporting U.S. manufacturing; combatting climate change; promoting civil rights; reducing gun violence, and violent crime, which are all significant for the constituents in Michigan’s 14th Congressional District,” said Congresswoman Lawrence. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I am committed to fighting to ensure that our country’s funding reflects the needs of the American people.”
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Highlights:
Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) - $523.9 million for LWCF, including $244 million for the federal program and $280 million for state programs.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – $9.52 billion in for EPA – $672 million above the 2019 enacted level and $3.42 billion above the President’s budget request.
PFAS - $18 million to fund scientific research and regulatory work that will establish maximum contaminant levels, study health and environmental impacts, create methods of treatment and remediation, and help communities fight contamination.
Lead in Drinking Water – Congresswoman Lawrence secured robust funding for numerous EPA programs that fund lead drinking water testing, removal, and assistance for schools and small/disadvantaged communities. The Congresswoman also delivered explanatory language that children, more susceptible to the harmful effects of toxins in drinking water, should be a top priority of the EPA’s plan towards ensuring safe, clean access to drinking water.
Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds - $3.11 billion in state grants that include funds to modernize outdated water infrastructure and $70 million in targeted grants to help fight contaminants in our water such as lead.
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) - $305 million to continue protecting and restoring this important asset.
Aquatic Invasive Species – Strong funding towards programs that combat and fight the threat of invasive species, such as Asian carp, from entering the Great Lakes
National Park Service - $3.39 billion to address maintenance backlog, ensure proper park staffing levels, includes $122 million for the Historic Preservation Fund, $67 million for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, and $23 million for competitive grants to preserve the sites and stories of underrepresented community civil rights.
Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Highlights
Census Bureau – $8.45 billion for the Census Bureau, $2.3 billion more than the President’s request for fiscal year 2020. The 2020 Census will help guide the allocation of more than $880 billion a year in federal funding for schools, roads, and other public services.
Economic Development Administration – $540 million for the Economic Development Administration, an increase of $236 million above the fiscal year 2019 level, to improve our nation’s infrastructure, boost economically recovering communities, and improve our standard of living.
Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program – The bill includes a 10 percent funding increase for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program which helps small and medium-sized U.S. manufacturers create jobs and expand business growth opportunities.
Minority Business Development Agency – $44 million for the Minority Business Development to help create jobs and expand business growth opportunities among minority-owned U.S. companies.
Violence Against Women Act programs – $582.5 million, an increase of
$85 million above fiscal year 2019, to provide for programs that work to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and holding offenders accountable.
Anti-Human Trafficking grants – $100 million for human trafficking task force activities and to provide direct services for victims of human trafficking.
Community Oriented Policing Services – $323 million, an increase of $19.5 million above fiscal year 2019, to continue building trust and mutual respect between police and communities.
Community Relations Service (CRS) – The legislation provides $17 million for the Community Relations Service, an increase of $1.5 million above fiscal year 2019, to help facilitate the development of mutual understanding in communities challenged by tension and conflict and develop local capacity to prevent and improve responses to hate crimes.
Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) – $672.97 million is provided, an increase of $109.56 million above fiscal year 2019. This increase will allow for the hiring of additional immigration judge teams to address the immigration case backlog.
Department of Commerce – The bill includes $16.43 billion for the Commerce Department, an increase of $5.02 billion above the 2019 enacted level and $3.96 billion above the Administration’s request.
National Science Foundation (NSF) – The legislation funds NSF at $8.64 billion – $561.14 million above the fiscal year 2019 enacted level. Research and related activities are funded at $7.1 billion, $586.3 million above the current level. These funds will foster innovation and U.S. economic competitiveness, including funding for research on advanced manufacturing, physics, mathematics, cybersecurity, neuroscience, and STEM education.