Appropriations & Budget
Crafting a federal budget that fosters economic opportunity, invests in the future, and upholds fiscal responsibility is one of Congress’ most important roles. As a member of the powerful Appropriations Committee, I work every day to bring a common sense, Minnesota perspective to our federal budget.
As the Chair of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, I have prioritized protecting clean air and water, wild lands, and our nation’s natural and cultural legacy for future generations. As Vice Chair of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I work to ensure that our servicemen and women are the most skilled and best trained and equipped fighting force in the world.
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The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) today announced an $87 million, seven-year award to the BioIndustrial Manufacturing and Design Ecosystem (BioMADE) for the creation of the BioIndustrial Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) to be headquartered at the University of Minnesota in Saint Paul. BioMADE is a partnership between the University of Minnesota, the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) and a national network of academic and private sector partners working together to advance America’s bioindustrial manufacturing industry.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) and Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Chair and Ranking Member of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Interior and Environment, respectively, sent a letter to Administrator Wheeler after the lawmakers were notified of EPA’s intended reorganization of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). This is the second reorganization in the last month that EPA has announced without first undergoing the required review and approval process by Congress.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement today after the passage of the FY 21 Interior-Environment funding bill, part of a four-bill appropriations minibus, H.R. 7608:
As the House Appropriations Committee advanced all 12 appropriations bills to the House floor this week, President Trump denied Minnesota federal emergency assistance through The Stafford Act for recovery efforts following civil unrest and property destruction in the Twin Cities resulting from the killing of Mr. George Floyd.
Led by Chair Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), the House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2021 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies bill. In total, the bill includes $36.76 billion in federal funding, and includes bill language stating, “None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to review or approve a mine plan proposed within the Rainy River Watershed of the Superior National Forest.” The language prohibits the Department of the Interior and the U.S.
Led by Chair Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies today approved its fiscal year 2021 bill. In total, the draft bill includes $36.76 billion in regular appropriations, an increase of $771 million above the FY 2020 enacted level, and $5.11 billion over the President’s 2021 request. Additionally, the bill includes $15 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations for investments in critical infrastructure.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture-Rural Development-Food and Drug Administration, today voted to approve the subcommittee’s FY 2021 funding bill, which will be considered by the full Appropriations Committee on July 9.
The House Appropriations Committee today released the draft fiscal year 2021 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies funding bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow at 11am ET/10am CT. The legislation includes funding for programs within the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other related agencies, including the Indian Health Service.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement today following the U.S. Senate passage of H.R. 6201, the Families First Act, and regarding Congress's next steps to protect Americans during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement today in response to the president’s $2.5 billion request for funding to combat the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus: