Lowey Releases Appropriations Packages

December 16, 2019
Press Release
Democrats Secure Substantial Investments in Critical Priorities

WASHINGTON — House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) today released the text of two legislative packages that together comprise all 12 fiscal year 2020 funding bills. The minibuses, products of bipartisan, bicameral negotiations, are expected to be considered in the House on Tuesday. 

“I’m pleased that we have reached a bipartisan agreement that will keep government open, provide the certainty of full-year funding, and make strong investments in key priorities for American communities,” said Chairwoman Lowey. “With higher spending levels in line with the bipartisan budget agreement, we are scaling up funding for priorities that will make our country safer and stronger and help hardworking families get ahead.”

The domestic priorities and international assistance appropriations minibus, H.R. 1865 reflects conference agreements for eight appropriations bills: Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, Agriculture, Energy and Water Development, Interior-Environment, Legislative Branch, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, State-Foreign Operations, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development.

It reflects the efforts of the new House Democratic majority to fund gun violence research. It also includes historic investments in Head Start and child care programs, record funding for lifesaving medical research at the National Institutes of Health, and rejects President Trump’s misguided cuts to schools, health care, infrastructure, and environmental protection and clean energy programs.

The text of the domestic priorities and international assistance appropriations minibus is available here. Text of joint explanatory statements is available at these links: front matter, Division A, Division B, Division C, Division D, Division E, Division F, Division G, Division H. A division-by-division summary is available here and as a pdf here.

The national security appropriations minibus, H.R. 1158 reflects conference agreements for four appropriations bills: Defense, Commerce-Justice-Science, Financial Services and General Government, and Homeland Security.

The national security minibus reflects Democrats’ commitment to grants to help states secure our elections and to full funding for the Constitutionally-mandated Census. It invests in science programs, funds the military at a level consistent with the Bipartisan Budget Act, and maintains a status quo in funding for Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The text of the national security minibus is available here. Text of joint explanatory statements is available at these links: front matter, Division A, Division B, Division C, Division D. A division-by-division summary is available here and as a pdf here.

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