U.S. Rep. Lawrence, Vice Chair of Appropriations Committee, Statement on President Biden’s FY2022 Discretionary Budget Proposal
Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14), Vice Chair of the powerful House Committee on Appropriations, praised President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Proposal.
“This pandemic has exposed serious needs in Michigan and across the country, and it underscores the need for serious action. After four years of inadequate funding proposals, President Biden’s budget request takes critical steps to meet the challenges in our communities and sets our country up for a better future,” said Rep. Lawrence. “Most importantly, this budget reverses decades of disinvestment by prioritizing initiatives that help working families and vulnerable communities. As Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee, which sets federal funding, I look forward to working with President Biden and my congressional colleagues to fund critical priorities that will make a difference for our country. Over the next few weeks, I look forward to discussing programs of importance to Michigan during budget hearings with members of President Biden’s Cabinet.”
Since 2011, austere budget caps imposed by the Budget Control Act have limited the amount of funding that Congress can provide for critical needs. With the budget caps expiring this year, Congress can finally provide long overdue funding increases for important initiatives. As Vice Chair of the House Committee on Appropriations, Rep. Lawrence will have a leading role in determining federal funding.
Among its many important proposals, President Biden’s budget blueprint invests in:
- Schools: Historic funding for education, including a $20 billion increase for high-poverty schools.
- Child care: Helps more families afford quality child care with a $1.5 billion increase.
- Healthier communities: Addresses crises exacerbated by the pandemic with $1.6 billion for mental health – double last year’s funding level – and $200 million for maternal health.
- Public health and medical research: Strengthens the nation’s public health infrastructure with a record $8.7 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $6.5 billion for ARPA-H – a new lifesaving medical research initiative, and $10.7 billion for opioid prevention and treatment.
- Housing: Expands vital Housing Choice Vouchers to 200,000 more families and expands Homeless Assistance Grants to support more than 100,000 additional households, helping solve the nation’s housing crisis.
- Safer neighborhoods: Fosters safer communities by providing $209 million for civil rights enforcement, $1 billion for gender-based violence prevention, and $2.1 billion for gun violence prevention to foster safer communities.
- Worker protection: Protects workers’ wages, benefits, and rights with an increase of $304 million, 17 percent more than last year, for worker protection agencies.
- Action on climate: A whole-of-government approach that will help protect our environment for future generations, with a $14 billion increase over last year.
- Nutrition: Strengthens the nutrition assistance safety net to combat rising rates of hunger and nutrition insecurity and expands local food systems with nearly $4 billion in new investments.
- Infrastructure: Rebuilds crumbling infrastructure with increased funding for roads and bridges, transit systems, and water systems.
The President’s budget request is the first phase of the appropriations process. In the coming months, Rep. Lawrence will work with her colleagues to review the request and formulate appropriations bills that fund the federal government. Later in the year, funding legislation will be considered by the Appropriations Committee and the full House.