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Vice Chair McCollum Statement on Passage of National Security Appropriations Minibus

December 17, 2019
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Vice Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, released the following statement after the passage of the national security minibus, H.R. 1158:

“This appropriations minibus makes important investments to protect our national security and those who defend it,” McCollum said. “It also prioritizes funding to bolster the health, safety, and well-being of service members and military families, and ensure our service members have the resources necessary to complete their missions safely. Additional investments in election security, the Census, science and research, and justice bolster our commitment to our shared future – strengthening and securing our election systems, ensuring every person is counted, and investing in the fight against climate change to protect the planet for future generations. This funding will strengthen our democracy and the freedoms we all enjoy.”

H.R. 1158 totals $860.3 billion and reflects conference agreements for four appropriations bills: Defense, Commerce-Justice-Science, Financial Services and General Government, and Homeland Security. Highlights of the package include:

  • $1.42 billion for Department of Defense environmental restoration activities, including $172 million to address PFAS (per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances) remediation and protect the health and safety of our service members and communities in proximity to military installations.
  • $34 billion for Defense Health programs, including major investments in cancer research.
  • $110 million for upgrades to childcare facilities and language directing the Services to present innovative ideas to assist servicemembers with this important quality of life issue.
  • Provides full funding necessary to support the proposed 3.1 percent military pay raise.
  • $294 million for the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response programs.
  • $1.8 billion for disaster relief to address recent earthquakes, hurricanes, and flooding in the United States.
  • $425 million for election security grants to states to protect and secure our election systems.
  • $7.6 billion to provide a fair and accurate Census – $1.4 billion above the president’s request.
  • $169.5 million for NOAA Climate Research – an increase of $10.5 million above FY 2019 and $82 million above the president’s request.
  • $8.28 billion for the National Science Foundation, an increase of $203.3 million above the FY 2019 enacted level and $1.2 billion above the president’s request.
  • $2.64 billion for the Crime Victims Fund, including over $132 million for programs to assist Native American victims of crime.

Full text of the appropriations minibus can be found here.

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