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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Rep. Brenda Lawrence, Democratic Appropriators Help Secure Significant Funding Increases for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education

May 9, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence issued the following statement on the House Committee on Appropriations’ passage of the FY2020 funding bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Humans Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS). The bill includes $189.9 billion for vital programs that have long been neglected under a previously Republican-controlled House. This bill appropriates $48 billion over the President’s fiscal year 2020 budget request, which continued a dangerous trend of underfunding essential programs.

 

“This year’s LHHS funding bill provides a substantial rebuke to the President’s budget request, which cruelly eliminated critical programs that help millions of American receive workforce training, educational supports, and access to health care services, said Congresswoman Lawrence. “The funds passed today prioritize significant programs, including: lifesaving medical research, opioid abuse treatment and prevention, early childhood education, women’s reproductive health, student loan debt relief, dislocated worker retraining, and mental health in schools, which are all significant for the constituents in Michigan’s 14th Congressional District. 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.”

 

Key Funding Priorities

 

Congresswoman Lawrence secured the inclusion of the following report language in the bill:

  • Strengthens autoimmune disease research by urging the National Institutes of Health to expand collaboration with relevant stakeholders and the Autoimmune Disease Coordinating Committee;
  • Encourages the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to leverage effective pre-payment solutions to identify and resolve billing errors prior to payments being made;
  • Encourages the National Institute on Drug Abuse to focus research on finding innovative solutions to address the opioid and overdose epidemic in the United States;
  • Increases federal work study partnerships with low-income community-building organizations;
  • Allows Supplemental Student Academic Enrichment Grants to address the burden that a lack of broadband access places on students, particularly in low-income areas, recognizing that over 50% of households in Detroit, Michigan lack a fixed broadband connection.

 

In addition to the many Democratic priorities that were included in the FY20 LHHS funding bill, below is a select list of essential programs to the 14th District, including:

 

Department of Labor:

 

  • Apprenticeships- $250 million, an increase of $90 million above FY19
  • Dislocated Worker Grants- $1.1 billion, an increase of $62.5 million above FY19
  • Reintegration of Ex-Offenders- $100 million, an increase of $7 million above FY19
  • Women’s Bureau- $18 million, an increase of $4 million above FY19
    • Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO)- $5 million, an increase of $4 million above FY19
  • Veterans Employment and Training Services- $316 million, an increase of $16 million above FY19
  • YouthBuild- $128 million, an increase of $90 million above FY19
  • JobCorps- $1.9 billion, an increase of $150 million above FY19

 

Department of Health and Human Services:

 

  • Maternal and Child Health Block Grant- $705 million, an increase of $27.3 million above FY19
  • Health Centers- $1.68 billion, an increase of $50 million above FY19
  • Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education- $350 million, an increase of $25 million above FY19
  • Healthy Start- $130.5 million, an increase of $8 million above FY19
  • Minority AIDS Initiative- $175 million, an increase of $5.923 million above FY19
  • Title X Family Planning- $400 million, an increase of $114 million above FY19
  • Firearm Injury and Mortality Prevention Research- $25 million, funded for the first time in more than 20 years
  • National Institutes of Health- $41.1 billion, an increase of $2 million above FY19
  • Child Care and Development Block Grant- $7.676 billion, an increase of $2.4 billion above FY19
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program- $3.84 billion, an increase of $150 million above FY19
  • Kinship Navigator Program- $20 million

 

Department of Education:

 

  • Title I Grants- $16.9 billion, an increase of $1 billion above FY19
  • Special Education- $14.5 billion, an increase of $1.05 billion above FY19
  • Pell Grant- $6,345 maximum award, an increase of $150 over the previous award level
  • Federal Student Aid- $24.9 billion, an increase of $492 million above FY19
  • Minority Serving Institutions- $917 million, an increase of $251 over FY19
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities- $375 million, an increase of $93 million over FY19
  • TRIO programs- $1.1 billion, an increase of $100 million over FY19
  • Mental Health in Schools- $25 million to increase the number of school-based experts in mental health and child development such as counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other mental health professionals
  • Child Care Access Means Parents in School- $60 million, an increase of $10 million above FY19 to establish campus childcare programs primarily to serve low-income students
  • Full-Service Community Schools- $40 million to provide comprehensive wraparound services to families and communities
  • Career and Technical Education- $1.3 billion, an increase of $37.4 million above FY19

 

Related Agencies:

 

  • Corporation for National and Community Service- $1.14 billion, an increase of $55 million above FY19
  • National Labor Relations Board- $342 million, an increase of $67 million above FY19
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services- $257 million, an increase of $15 million above FY19
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting- $495 million, an increase of $50 million above FY19

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