Rep. Crow Advances CO-06 Priorities in House-Passed Appropriations Package
Today, Rep. Jason Crow highlighted numerous priorities of Colorado’s sixth congressional district in H.R. 2740, the first “minibus” package of fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills, which passed the House on Wednesday, June 19. The bill, which totals $982.8 billion, consists of four appropriations bills, including the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, and Energy.
“There is a tremendous amount to be proud of in this package. As a new office, we made a point to hit the ground running and that means working hard to advance the priorities of the sixth,” said Crow. “Whether it’s investing in gun violence research or increasing funding for K-12 education programs, we’ve been able to bring some great wins back home that will benefit families across Colorado.”
Crow played a key role in securing funding for Colorado priorities by urging the House Appropriations Committee to include the following items in the funding bill that passed the House on Wednesday.
- $50 million for gun violence research, split evenly between the CDC and the NIH
- $41 billion for National Institutes of Health for medical research, a nearly $7 billion increase over the President’s budget request
- $42 billion for K-12 education programs including Individuals with Disabilities Act, an increase of $3.4 billion over last year’s levels
- $100 million in funding for REPI, the intragovernmental program to combat encroachment near military installations helping ensure our military readiness and promote conservation. You can view his floor speech on the amendment here.
- $37.2 million for the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), as requested by Colorado’s CAP chapter
- $2.65 billion for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy research at the Department of Energy, $2.3 billion above the President’s request.
- GPS III Operational Control Segment, funded at the President’s request level, as requested by Raytheon which supports several hundred jobs in the district
- Additional funding for the Bureau of Reclamation to combat the spread of aquatic nuisance species, like the quagga mussel - an issue raised by the Colorado’s Department of Parks and Wildlife
- Over $9 million for the Upper Colorado and San Juan recovery programs
In addition, Crow helped secure several other provisions benefitting Colorado communities in H.R. 2740 including:
- $7.2 billion for environmental clean-up
- $316 million for Veterans Employment and Training Service, a program to support veterans in the workforce
- Nearly $8 billion for humanitarian assistance including $190 million for legal services, child advocates, and post release services under the Refugee and Entrant Assistance Account
- Nearly $25 billion for Federal student aid programs
- Repeal of the “Global Gag Rule” that prohibits funds from going to NGOs that advise family planning services internationally
- Language similar to H.R. 9 that prevents the Administration from withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement.