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McCollum Statement on House Passage of Seven FY 2022 Appropriations Bills

July 29, 2021
Press Release
H.R. 4502 creates good-paying jobs, grows opportunity, and supports the vulnerable

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released a statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4502, a package of seven Appropriations bills to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2022.

The seven bills are Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies; Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies; Financial Services and General Government; Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies; and Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies. Bill text and Committee reports are available here.

“Funding the federal government is essential to the ability to govern,” McCollum said. “House Democrats – without a single Republican vote – have passed these seven vital Appropriations bills to make major investments in keeping America strong, healthy, and successful. As the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are again threatening communities across America, the Appropriations Committee has set its sights on meeting the needs of American families and communities. Whether it is protecting the environment, creating good-paying jobs and expanding economic opportunities, or providing a lifeline for working families, Democrats are reflecting the priorities of the American people.” 

MCCOLLUM PRIORITIES ACROSS H.R. 4502: 

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies:

The 2022 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill includes $43.4 billion in regular appropriations, an increase of $7.3 billion – 20.2 percent – above 2021.

As the Vice-Chair of the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, Congresswoman McCollum is proud the bill invests in:

  • Environmental Protection: 
    • The bill contains $11.34 billion for the EPA, with $4.17 billion for EPA’s core science and environmental program work and $248 million for Environmental Justice activities – an increase of $235 million above the FY 21 level
    • The bill contains $642.7 million for Geographic Programs which help with restoration of nationally significant bodies of water like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), Chesapeake Bay, and Long Island Sound
  • Public Lands: 
    • $15.6 billion for the Department of the Interior, with $1.6 billion for the Bureau of Land Management, $1.9 billion for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and $3.5 billion for the National Park Service
    • Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) – The bill allocates $900 million for land acquisition and support for state recreation programs 
  • Clean and Safe Drinking Water: The bill will make communities safer and healthier by providing investments to ensure that all Americans have access to clean and safe drinking water:
    • $3.23 billion for Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds
    • $326.6 million for targeted grants for drinking water contaminants and wastewater treatment for lead, nitrates, and other health hazards
    • $131 million for Brownfields cleanups
    • $1.54 billion for Superfund, an increase of $331 million above the FY 21 level
    • $61.8 million in funding for scientific and regulatory work on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), needed to establish drinking water and cleanup standards. This funding builds on the $49 million the EPA received in 2021 
  • Upholding federal commitments to our Native American brothers and sisters:
    • $8.1 billion for the Indian Health Service, an increase of $1.8 billion above the FY 2021 enacted level
      • Includes $200.5 million for Urban Indian Health Programs, $137.8 million above the 2021 enacted level
    • $4 billion for Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education, and Office of the Special Trustee, an increase of $507 million above the FY 2021 enacted level
  • Arts and Humanities: The bill invests $201 million each for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, an increase of $33.5 million above the 2021 enacted levels

Policy provisions that protect our environment now and for future generations:

  • Includes McCollum language in the bill (p. 724) prohibiting FY 22 funds from being spent to review or approve a mine plan within the Rainy River Watershed of the Superior National Forest. The proposed Twin Metals mine is footsteps from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and the leases are being actively contested in court
  • Invests $82 million in the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers, and includes McCollum language (p. 41) highlighting the creation of the Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center to help our region better understand and address the challenges of climate change
  • Includes McCollum language (p. 40) directing federal agencies to coordinate with state, local, and tribal stakeholders on a Mississippi River Science Forum to advance the goals of improving water quality, restoring habitat and natural systems, improving navigation, eliminating aquatic invasive species, and building local resilience to natural disasters
  • Includes McCollum language (p. 113) to support the U.S. Forest Service’s Urban Connections Program, which engages diverse youth, interested citizens, urban leaders, interagency partners, and non-government organizations to create outdoor recreation opportunities
  • Includes McCollum language (p. 112) investing an additional $2 million to help with reforestation in communities impacted by Emerald Ash Borer, and directing the new Civilian Climate Corps to help foster the resilience, restoration, and sustainability of urban forests

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies:

For fiscal year 2022, the bill provides discretionary funding of $26.55 billion – a critical increase of $2.851 billion, more than 10 percent – above 2021. In total, the bill includes $196.7 billion for both discretionary programs funded on an annual basis and mandatory programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

As a member of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. McCollum is proud that the bill:

  • Tackles hunger and nutrition insecurity by expanding access to fruits and vegetables to 6.4 million people through WIC and ensuring 45 million people in SNAP-eligible families get the benefits they need. The bill also invests in the health of America’s kids through Child Nutrition programs, like school meals - which are now the healthiest source of food consumed in the United States
  • Grows opportunity and lifts up rural communities by increasing funding for rural broadband, connecting more communities to the internet through a program that last year got more than 100,000 people connected to the 21st century economy
    • Includes McCollum language (p. 77) bolstering broadband at Tribal Colleges and Universities
  • Rebuilds our public health and consumer safety infrastructure with increased funding to address maternal and infant nutrition, including resources for the ‘Closer to Zero’ initiative to reduce exposure to toxic elements in babies’ and young children’s food, emerging food-related chemical and toxicological issues, drug safety oversight, as well as providing additional resources for inspections, and drug and device supply chain monitoring and surveillance. The bill also invests in our public health infrastructure by modernizing FDA’s data infrastructure to better ensure the safety and security of the food and medical supply chain
    • Includes McCollum language (p. 104) directing funding to continue educating the public on the dangers of harmful skin-lightening products, which disproportionately impact women of color
  • Confronts the climate crisis with $347.4 million across USDA to address the impacts of climate change. These investments are aimed to tackle the climate crisis in farming and rural communities and include research to monitor, measure, and mitigate climate change, accelerate climate smart agriculture practices, reduce greenhouse gases, and advance clean energy technologies
  • Provides important investments to ensure equitable participation in USDA programs. In total, the bill provides more funding than the request to advance racial justice, including increases for extension, research, and capacity grants at our 1890 land grants, 1994 land grants, and Hispanic serving institutions to help strengthen the pipeline for the future of agriculture. It also provides funding to improve outreach and program access to historically underserved communities and provides a healthy increase for USDA’s Office of Civil Rights above the request
  • Includes McCollum language (p. 58) directing USDA to continue working with EPA on development of the Mississippi River Restoration and Resiliency Initiative (MRRRI). Also includes language directing the department to engage with the U.S. Geological Survey as they host the Mississippi River Science Forum and to contribute to the proceedings as a federal agency with relevant scientific expertise
  • Includes McCollum language (p.7) expressing concern that 71% of Americans between the age of 17 and 24 years of age are ineligible for military service due to obesity, mental and other physical health issues, or substance abuse. The report encourages the Secretary to work with the Secretaries of Defense and HHS to help assist in communicating nutritional standards to state, local, and tribal governments for children attending early childhood programs and K–12 schools

 

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies:

For 2022, the LHHS bill provides $253.8 billion, an increase of $55.2 billion – 28 percent – above 2021. With this historic increase, the legislation:

  • Creates and sustains good-paying American jobs through investments in job training, apprenticeship programs, and worker protection
    • Includes McCollum language (p.312) encouraging the coordination of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) and career and technical education (CTE) efforts at the federal, state, tribal and local level to prepare our national workforce for high-demand careers in manufacturing, engineering, and information technology
  • Grows opportunity with transformative investments in education, including record funding for high-poverty schools and students with disabilities, and strong increases for programs that expand access to post-secondary education
    • Includes McCollum language (p.315) to provide assistance to states and higher education institutions in providing mental health and academic support services to at-risk students due to the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Supports middle class and working families with increased funding for child care and development programs, Head Start, and preschool development grants
  • Strengthens lifesaving biomedical research with increased funding for the National Institutes of Health, including funding to establish the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health
  • Bolsters our public health infrastructure with more resources for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and for states and local governments to strengthen infrastructure and capacity
  • Addresses our nation’s most urgent health crises, including maternal health, mental health, gun violence, and opioid abuse, while making strides to reduce persistent and unacceptable health disparities
    • Includes McCollum language (p.182) and $3 million for a new at-home drug deactivation and disposal demonstration and evaluation initiative
    • Includes McCollum language (p.93) supporting prevention efforts to address the increased rates of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and expanding access to essential services.
  • Advances equal treatment for women by increasing funding for the range of health services, including family planning, covered by Title X and repealing the discriminatory Hyde Amendment
  • Invests in our federal trust and treaty responsibilities to provide for the health and education of Native Americans
    • Includes increases requested by McCollum for K-12 Indian Education, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Native language preservation, and the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country
  • Includes funding for McCollum Community Projects:
    • Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest’s Apprenticeship Pathways to Resolve Inequity for Access ($2 million)
    • St. Catherine University's Advancing Scientific Excellence Initiative ($800,000) 

 

Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies:

For 2022, the bill provides $53.226 billion, an increase of $1.474 billion above 2021.

 The legislation:

  • Creates tens of thousands of good-paying jobs with a focus on deploying clean energy technologies and the green jobs of tomorrow in communities across the country
  • Confronts the climate crisis with more than $14 billion of transformative investments in clean energy and science, which will help develop clean, affordable, and secure American energy
  • Rebuilds our nation’s water infrastructure, critical to protecting communities from more frequent and severe storms and addressing the worsening drought
    • Includes McCollum language (p. 71) reminding the Army Corps of Engineers that the Upper St. Anthony Falls is a federal project eligible to compete for additional funding to address its deteriorating concrete wall 
  • Includes McCollum language (p. 68) directing the Army Corps of Engineers to continue working with EPA on development of the Mississippi River Restoration and Resiliency Initiative (MRRRI). Also includes language directing the department to engage with the U.S. Geological Survey as they host the Mississippi River Science Forum and to contribute to the proceedings as a federal agency with relevant scientific expertise
  •  Includes McCollum language (p. 97) in support of improving the coordination of federal efforts involved in growing and sustaining a robust national security workforce
  •  Includes funding for a McCollum Community Project:
    •  Dredging St. Paul Small-Boat Harbor ($500,000)

 

Financial Services and General Government:

For fiscal year 2022, the draft bill includes $29.1 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $4.8 billion over 2021.

The legislation:

  • Assists small businesses and entrepreneurs through increased funding for the Small Business Administration and Community Development Financial Institutions
  • Protects our democracy with Election Security Grants to ensure the integrity and safety of our elections
  • Rebuilds the Internal Revenue Service to finally crack down on big corporations and the wealthy who aren't paying their fair share and to provide better customer service to working families navigating the tax system
  • Supports working and middle-class families by increasing funding for consumer protection activities at the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Federal Trade Commission
  • Confronts the climate crisis by providing funding to start the transition of the Federal vehicle fleet to electric and zero emission vehicles
  • Includes McCollum-supported language (p. 96) protecting financial institutions that provide services to marijuana businesses, and supports updated guidance on federal agencies’ consideration of potential employees’ marijuana use
  • Includes funding for McCollum Community Projects:
    • Neighborhood Development Center, St. Paul ($1 million)
    • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Twin Cities Creative Placemaking, St. Paul ($1 million)

 

Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies:

The 2022 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill provides $279.9 billion, an increase of $28.1 billion – more than 10 percent – above 2021. Of this amount, discretionary funding for programs such as veterans’ health care and Military Construction totals $124.5 billion, an increase of $11.4 billion above 2021.

 The legislation:

  • Supports our veterans with investments in health care, including targeted investments that advance women's health, mental health, and homelessness assistance
  • Rebuilds our infrastructure with strong investments to construct critical facilities on military installations including family housing and child development centers, and build, repair, and retrofit Veterans Affairs facilities
  • Protects our national security with investments to respond to the challenges posed by Russian and Chinese aggression
  • Confronts the climate crisis with increased climate change and resiliency funding to help military installations adapt to rising sea levels and worsening natural disasters
  • Addresses PFOA/PFOS contamination and funds environmental remediation efforts across current and previous DoD installations
  • Includes McCollum language (p. 54) to reinforce our commitment to our veterans who have been exposed to burn pits and other airborne hazards while deployed

 

Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies:

For 2022, the bill provides funding of $84.1 billion, an increase of $8.7 billion – more than 11 percent – above 2021. This includes an increase of $6.8 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and $1.9 billion for the Department of Transportation. In total, the bill provides $162.6 billion in budgetary resources, an increase of $25.9 billion above 2021.

 The legislation:

  • Creates tens of thousands of good-paying American jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure with significant investments in airports, highways, transit, passenger rail, and port systems
  • Grows opportunity through homeownership and rental assistance, including more than 125,000 new housing vouchers targeted to individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness and over 4,000 new units for seniors and persons with disabilities
  • Includes $10.6 billion for Community Planning and Development, including $3.7 billion for CDBG, $1.85 billion for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program and $50 million for a new down payment assistance program to help first-time, first-generation home buyers purchase a home
  • Includes language securing $29.2 billion for Tenant-based Rental Assistance to continue to serve more than 2.3 million very low- and extremely low-income households nationwide. This level of funding also includes $1 billion to expand housing assistance to more than 125,000 low-income families, including individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and survivors of domestic violence and veterans
  • Supports the vulnerable with public housing safety, maintenance, and improvement investments, such as the remediation of lead paint and radon and installation of energy and water efficient systems
  • Promotes safe transportation and housing with a skilled and growing workforce to conduct inspections, mitigate hazards, and study emerging threats and innovative solutions
  • Reduces emissions, increases resiliency, and addresses historical inequities in transportation and housing programs through targeted grants and investments
    • Includes McCollum language (p. 84) regarding addressing historical inequities in our nation’s interstate highway system: “The construction of our nation’s interstate highway system was shaped by systemic racism. There are countless examples of interstate highways that were directly and purposefully routed through established minority communities, causing community upheaval, loss of homes and businesses, and deep psychological pain. The Committee encourages the Department of Transportation to address the systemic destruction of communities like these by prioritizing projects which reconnect neighborhoods cut off by historic investments in the interstate highway system and ensuring new projects increase opportunity, advance racial equity and environmental justice, and promote affordable access.”
  •  Includes funding for McCollum Community Projects:
    • Bruce Vento Trail ($1.3 million)
    • Central Greenway Regional Trail Improvements ($1 million)

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