Rep. Susie Lee Lays Out Local Nevada Priorities in 2021 Appropriations Budget
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Susie Lee (Nev.-03) released a list of priorities for which she is advocating in the Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations omnibus. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the first Appropriations minibus today and the remaining appropriations packages next week.
“The appropriations budget is a statement of our values as a country, and that’s why I’m fighting for this year’s budget to prioritize the needs of working families, students and teachers, access to health care, and getting our economy back on track,” said Rep. Lee. “I’m prioritizing programs and resources that help Americans with their most basic needs, from fully funding Title 1 public schools, to investment in apprenticeships and employment opportunity programs, community health centers, minority-owned businesses, and opioid abuse prevention efforts.
“The COVID-19 pandemic should serve as a serious reality check for Congress about what Americans really need and what our purpose is as a legislative body,” Rep. Lee continued. “During a moment when our constituents are counting on Congress to come together for the well-being of our nation, these are commonsense, proven programs that give Nevada and America’s workers, students, and families the resources they need to succeed.”
“I am proud to partner with Representative Lee on legislation that supports our students, invests in job training, and keeps our commitments to veterans,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (N.Y.-17). “Susie is a fighter for working families and, because of her advocacy, the House’s appropriations bills deliver for Nevada and the nation.”
- $16.6 billion for Title 1 Grants to fund underserved schools in low-income communities. This aligns with Rep. Lee’s continued efforts to fully fund Title 1 public schools, including her bill, the Keep our PACT Act.
- $10.8 billion for Head Start to promote school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families and underserved communities.
- For-Profit College Accountability – a provision requiring for-profit colleges to derive more of their revenue from non-federal sources, combating predatory, for-profit colleges who take advantage of benefits allocated for student veterans and students from low-income backgrounds.
- $1.26 billion for 21st Century Community Learning Centers to support local afterschool, before-school, and summer learning programs.
- $30 million for Full-Service Community Schools Program, which supports the coordination of academic, social, and health services through partnerships between public schools, local education agencies, and community organizations.
- $48 million for STEM Education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) like University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and College of Southern Nevada (CSN).
- Full funding ($68.277 billion) for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Full funding ($25.131 billion) for child nutrition programs.
- Full funding ($5.75 billion) for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program.
- $55 million for Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program, which supports the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through the provision of campus-based child care services.
- $193 million for National Caregiver Support Program.
- $185 million for Registered Apprenticeships, which are apprenticeship opportunities registered with the U.S. Department of Labor. Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs) provide employers with access to more workers who have been trained for entry-level to management positions, helping them meet industry demands and reduce unemployment rates.
- $52 million for Minority Business Development Agency to promote growth of minority owned businesses.
- $100 million for Youth Mentoring Grant Program to support education, development, and leadership programs for young Americans.
- $410 million for Senior Community Service Employment for Older Americans Program, which is a work-based job training program for Americans age 55+.
- $61 billion for broadband infrastructure.
Health Care Priorities
- $193 million for National Caregiver Support Program.
- $412 million for anti-opioid abuse programs.
- An additional $4.5 million for BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act to establish Alzheimer’s and related dementia public health centers, and to improve prevention, treatment, and research of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
- $21.2 million for Zero Suicide Initiative Programs, an initiative that focuses suicide prevention treatment on systematic, patient-based care with the ultimate goal of reducing deaths by suicide to zero. Rep. Lee introduced the VA Zero Suicide Demonstration Project Act, to implement a Zero Suicide Initiative Pilot Program at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA).
- $1.65 billion for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Centers, which provide health care to underserved and low-income communities.
Servicemember and Veteran Services Priorities
- $12.5 billion in emergency appropriations for VA to address sharply rising health care costs.
- $2.6 billion to continue the implementation of the Electronic Health Records Management (EHRM) Program at the Department of Veterans Affairs. As chair of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization, Rep. Lee has led congressional oversight of the rollout of the EHRM Program, which will modernize and streamline electronic health records for veteran patients at VA, ultimately improving veteran health care.
- Language from Rep. Lee’s bill, the CFO Authority and Collaboration Act, included as report language, which would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to report to Congress on their progress implementing the Financial Management Business Transformation (FMBT) program, a major effort to modernize VA’s financial systems.
- $313 million for Veteran Suicide Prevention Outreach.
- $200 million for Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Programs.
- $616 million for Gender Specific Care for Women.
- Full funding for Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), which are federal payments to local governments that help offset losses in property taxes due to the existence of nontaxable federal lands within their boundaries.
- No decrease in funding to the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA), which allows the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to sell public land within a specific boundary around Las Vegas, Nev. The revenue from land sales is allocated to the State of Nevada General Education Fund, the Southern Nevada Water Authority, and a special account available to the Department of Interior for public land maintenance and conservation.
- $3.22 billion for National Park Service for public land conservation, maintenance, and park services.