McCollum Statement on Appropriations Committee Passing FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Funding Bill
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) today joined House Appropriations Democrats in voting to approve the FY 2020 Labor-HHS-Education bill, which invests in improving lives and rejects President Trump’s harmful budget cuts.
The Labor-HHS-Education bill includes $189.9 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $11.8 billion over the 2019 enacted level and $47.9 billion over President Trump’s 2020 budget request. The bill provides:
- $41 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an increase of $2 billion above the 2019 enacted level and $6.9 billion above the president’s budget request, of which $2.4 billion is allocated for Alzheimer’s research
- $8.3 billion for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – $921 million above the 2019 enacted level and $1.7 billion above the president’s budget request
- $5.9 billion for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – $115 million above the 2019 enacted level and $179 million above the president’s budget request
- $7.7 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, an increase of $2.4 billion
- $14.5 billion for special education, an increase of $1.05 billion above the 2019 enacted level and $1.07 billion above the president’s budget request
- $1.9 billion for Job Corps – $150 million above the 2019 enacted level and $853 million above the president’s budget request
- $2.7 billion for higher education programs, an increase of $431 million above the 2019 enacted level and $1.2 billion above the president’s budget request
The bill contains provisions important to the people of Minnesota:
- Includes $760 million for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) to help communities fight poverty through funding Community Action Agencies.
- Increases funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) – providing $1.14 billion, $55 million above the 2019 enacted level and rejecting, for the third year in a row, President Trump’s request to eliminate National Service entirely. Along with improved funding, the bill includes language expressing the committee’s concern about the Corporation’s plan to close 46 state and territory offices. This plan was hastily prepared with virtually no input from Congress or local stakeholders, and the agency’s Inspector General said the plan would increase the likelihood of “fraud, waste, and abuse.”
- Renews the partnership between Head Start and Tribal Colleges and continues the CDC’s Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country, making smart investments for our tribal partners; this includes $51 million for Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities, an increase of $19 million above the 2019 enacted level and $23 million over the president’s budget request.
- Contains a provision that will expand newborn screening and diagnosis for children born with a congenital heart defect. This funding and accompanying language will enable states to work together to develop best practices to identify and treat newborns with a heart defect.
- For the first time in more than 20 years, the bill includes funding for gun violence prevention research.
- Includes $3.8 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), an increase of $150 million – rejecting the president’s proposal to eliminate the program.
“This bill will change and improve people’s lives,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “From education to health care to addressing poverty, House Democrats are fighting for the people by increasing investments in important programs and services so that every individual has a better chance at a better life.”
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