House Passes Four-Bill Appropriations Package
WASHINGTON — The House today passed, on a 226 to 203 vote, a package of fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills. The package consists of four bills that fund federal departments including Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, and Energy from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020.
“With this vote, House Democrats have honored our promise to invest For the People,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey. “This bill will help American workers, families, and communities access education, job training, health care, and other tools and services that will give them a better chance at a better life. The bill also ensures that we repair our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, tackle the climate crisis, strengthen our national security, and repair America’s reputation abroad. I urge Senate Republicans to recognize that this legislation would improve millions of lives, to end their obstruction, and to work with us on behalf of the American people.”
“Today’s House-passed funding bill—which include resources for the Departments of Labor, Health and Humans Services, and Education—is a big step toward addressing the issues facing working people and the middle class,” said House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro. “We have made historic investments in programs that provide opportunities for millions of people in areas like early childhood education, child care, public schools, workforce training, apprenticeship programs, groundbreaking medical research, public health, and many more. This bill will help people across the country at every stage of their life, and I urge the Senate to act on it quickly.”
“This bill makes several efforts to focus on the well-being and morale of those in uniform, their families, DoD civilians, and defense communities,” said House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense Chairman Pete Visclosky. “For example, in addition to a 3.1 percent pay raise for our women and men in uniform, the bill also provides increased funds for military childcare facilities because I believe that access to affordable and quality childcare is vital to retention in our all-volunteer force, particularly for mid-career enlisted personnel and officers. I look forward to continuing to work with all Members of Congress to complete our work prior to the start of the new Fiscal Year.”
“The 2020 Energy and Water bill makes historic investments toward our national priorities at the Department of Energy, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior, and the Bureau of Reclamation,” said House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Chairwoman Marcy Kaptur. “This legislation takes concrete steps to spur further innovation and the jobs that come with it at the Department of Energy, fund environmental restoration across the country, shore up our energy and water infrastructure to bolster trade, and invest in economic growth. As we prepared for this legislation, the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee held eight hearings and received significant member input from both sides of the aisle. I want to thank my colleagues for the Bill’s swift passage on the House floor. We can be proud of the bipartisan effort that went into creating it.”
The $982.8 billion package, H.R. 2740, includes the FY 2020 Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, Defense, State-Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development spending bills.
The legislation rejects the proposed slashing and outright elimination of critical programs in President Trump’s budget request and instead invests in important priorities like health care, education, clean energy, infrastructure, national security, and restoring America’s standing abroad.
Additionally, the legislation provides robust oversight of the administration, including blocking it from diverting Defense and Army Corps funds to build a border wall, keeping the United States in the Paris Climate Agreement, and permanently repealing the global gag rule.