Chairman Quigley Statement to Rules Committee on Six-Bill Appropriations Minibus

2022-07-18 14:27

Financial Services and General Government Chairman Mike Quigley (D-IL-05) today delivered the following remarks to the House Rules Committee in support of an appropriate rule for the House to consider H.R. 8294, a minibus of six fiscal year 2023 appropriations bills:

Thank you Chair McGovern and members of the Rules Committee for giving me the opportunity to talk about this year’s FSGG Bill.

The FSGG bill includes $29.8 billion in funding, an increase of $4.3 billion over last year.

The bill is silent on the civilian pay raise, allowing the proposed 4.6 percent increase to take effect. 

For Treasury we are at $15.6 billion, $1.3 billion above last year. Within that level, $336 million for CDFIs, an increase of $41 million. The IRS gets $13.6 billion, an increase of $1.0 billion above the FY 2022 enacted level.

For ONDCP, $462 million for ONDCP, including $300 million for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program and $110 million for the Drug-Free Communities Program.

For the Judiciary, $8.6 billion, within this amount, $128 million is targeted for judiciary security, cybersecurity, and information technology modernization. For the Supreme Court, $143 million, $30 million above last year, included in this increase is funding to provide for enhanced security services.

For CPSC, $166.3 million, $27.3 million above last year, including $2.5 million for Pool Safety grants.

$400 million for Election Security Grants, an increase of $325 million above last year.

For GSA, $1.1 billion over last year including $380 million for DHS consolidation at St. Elizabeth’s and $500 million for a new FBI Headquarters. Also included, $100 million for both the Electric Vehicle Fund and the Technology Modernization Fund.

For SBA, $1.1 billion, $77 million above last year including $326 million, $36 million above last year, for Entrepreneurial Development Programs.

We have solid increases for the Federal Communications Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, OPM, the Archives, and the Federal Trade Commission.

On the riders, we remove the Hyde restrictions for FEHB and the District of Columbia as well as three “dark money” riders.

We include language making Dreamers eligible for Federal employment.

We eliminate the prohibition on D.C. use of funds to legalize cannabis as well as include new language protecting FCC licenses for broadcasters advertising cannabis where it is legal.

Finally, I’m proud that this bill was able to include 98% of members community project funding requests, including from Democrats and Republicans. This funding will go directly to important projects in members districts connected with the SBA, GSA, and National Archives.

Thank you again for allowing me to testify before the committee today and I welcome any questions you may have about the bill.

117th Congress