Rep. Stevens Secures Funding for MI-11 Priorities in House-Passed Appropriations Package
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Haley Stevens (MI-11) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2740, consisting of four key FY 2020 appropriations bills: Labor-HHS-Education; Energy and Water Development; State-Foreign Operations; and Defense.
“H.R. 2740 makes strong and necessary investments in several key programs that are vital to working families in Michigan’s 11th District,” said Congresswoman Stevens. “From protecting our communities from gun violence, to tackling the opioid crisis, to investing in education and workforce development, the programs included in this appropriations package addresses many of the issues I hear about from my constituents.”
Rep. Stevens played a key role in securing funding for several programs that will benefit Michigan’s 11th District by formally petitioning the House Appropriations Committee to provide funding for the following priorities:
- Developing advanced energy and manufacturing technologies. As the Chair of the House Science Subcommittee on Research & Technology, Rep. Stevens made robust funding for research and development a top priority. H.R. 2740 increased funding for the ARPA-E program, which researches advanced energy technologies, to $425 million, while funding for the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy was increased to $370 million.
- Gun Violence Prevention. For the first time in more than 20 years, the House allocated funding for firearm injury and mortality prevention research. On her first day in office, Rep. Stevens wrote in a letter to her new colleagues that Congress “must finally fund research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to study gun violence as a public health crisis.” The CDC and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are receiving $25 million each for this important research.
- Supporting workforce development through skills training programs and public education. Rep. Stevens called for significant federal investment for Registered Apprenticeships, Career & Technical Education programs, Pell Grants, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grants. Funding for each of these critical programs was increased above FY 2019 enacted levels.
- Addressing the opioid crisis. H.R. 2740 appropriates $3.8 billion, an increase of $24 million, for several programs to address substance abuse, including opioid prevention and behavioral health programs to enhance treatment efforts.
- Standing with Israel. Rep. Stevens supported $3.3 billion in funding to support Israeli military procurement, research, and development. This funding fulfills the 10-year security assistance Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and Israel, which was agreed to under President Obama.
- Protecting access to critical family planning services. After a formal request by Rep. Stevens, funding for the Title X Family Planning program was increased by $114 million, for a total of $400 million. Title X is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services.
H.R. 2740 also included several amendments co-sponsored by Congresswoman Stevens, including:
- H. Amdt. 289, an amendment to instruct the Bureau of Labor Statistics to accept a wider and more forward-looking range of inputs into its range of projections for its workforce of the future.
- H.Amdt. 332, an amendment to increase funding for the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Education by $4 million.
- H.Amdt. 319, an amendment to increase funding for the Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Campus Suicide Prevention grant program by $2 million.