Lowey Floor Remarks on H.R. 1158, National Security Appropriations Minibus

December 17, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON — House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey today delivered the following remarks on the House Floor on H.R. 1158, a national security minibus of Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations bills:

This national security appropriations minibus combines four bills:

  • Defense
  • Commerce-Justice-Science
  • Financial Services and General Government, and
  • Homeland Security.

I would like to highlight a few key successes that our Cardinals have secured:

  • $7.6 billion – $1.4 billion more than President Trump proposed – to ensure a fair and accurate 2020 Census
  • $425 million for election security grants to states, a key priority for Democrats for a program that was not funded last year
  • Robust funding for initiatives to improve the quality of life of our women and men in uniform
  • A 3.1 percent pay raise for federal civilian employees

Unfortunately, the President and Senate Republicans insisted on funding a wasteful border wall while simultaneously blocking Democratic policies that would make our immigration system more humane.

However, I am pleased that we have established an Immigration Detention Ombudsman, tasked with protecting the rights of individuals in DHS custody.

M. Speaker, this is not the bill I would have written on my own – but I am proud that we have been able to do so much good in this political environment.

I urge support.

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116th Congress