Congresswoman Maloney Votes to Make Historic Investments in Jobs, Opportunity, and Working Families with Funding Package
WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) voted to make historic investments in American jobs, opportunity, and working families with H.R. 4502, a package to fund the federal government in the next fiscal year. By investing in clean energy, public health, and education, this legislation is essential to improving the health and financial security of Americans and setting up American families for success.
“I am proud to support a funding package that honors Democrats’ pledge to Build Back Better and invests in the American people,” said Rep. Maloney. “The programs in these bills meet the needs of hardworking Americans and their families at this critical moment by delivering historic investments in jobs, infrastructure, education, and public health. I look forward to helping New Yorkers take full advantage of everything this legislation will deliver. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass this important funding immediately.”
All 10 of the community project funding requests Congresswoman Maloney advocated for will be funded through this legislation, totaling $6.3 million for NY-12. Additionally, the Congresswoman successfully championed a boost in funding for the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund to $330 million, an increase of $60 million over the previous fiscal year. The CDFI Fund helps provide credit, capital, and financial services to underserved populations and communities across the country.
In another appropriations measure, Congress also took action for the first time in nearly 50 years to repeal the Helms Amendment, which prohibits U.S. foreign assistance from being used for abortions. This is a major step toward promoting comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion care, and protecting the bodily autonomy of millions of people living thousands of miles from the United States. And for the first time in 40 years, the House of Representatives passed legislation without the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding from being used to pay for abortions.
For the upcoming fiscal year, the House bundled seven government funding bills into a single “minibus” package. House Democrats have included landmark investments in nutrition, public health, education, veterans, and other key social programs that will create new jobs and lift up working families in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation will also advance equity and justice for underserved communities and businesses.
Under this new funding package, compared to the previous fiscal year levels, NY-12 will receive an additional:
- $217,000 in new funding to support local jobs training programs for adults and youth
- $11.2 million in new funding for public schools supporting children at risk of being left behind
- $14.5 million in new funding to strengthen veterans’ health care programs
Across the nation, the minibus will invest more federal dollars in:
- Health: SNAP, WIC, and child nutrition, as well as programs to expand access to quality, affordable health care
- Clean Energy: setting America on course for a secure energy future and creating tens of thousands of good-paying green jobs with investments in clean energy and science
- Education: Title I and Special Education, Pell Grants and other financial assistance, and Minority-Serving Institutions, including HBCUs, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities
- Public Health: bolstering the CDC to fight future pandemics, as well as more funding to pursue scientific breakthroughs for disease such as ALS, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and cancer, treat substance abuse, and improve mental health and maternal and child health
- Veterans: supporting veterans’ health – including women’s health care and mental health – as well as initiatives to combat veterans’ homelessness, create economic opportunity and rebuilt military infrastructure
- Infrastructure: creating tens of thousands of good paying American jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, including airports, highways, transit, rail and port systems, and directing more funding toward rural development including broadband, rental and other housing initiatives.