Rep. Susie Lee Secures Increased Funding for Schools, Child Care, Mental Health, and More in House Passed Appropriations Bill

June 19, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC— Rep. Susie Lee (NV-03) landed several wins for Nevada’s Third Congressional District with the passage of H.R. 2740, a “minibus” package of fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills, which passed the House today.

“Hard-working Nevadans deserve a country that invests in their families and communities, so that every person has a shot at a better life and achieving the American Dream. With this funding we will be able to grow our economy, protect our environment, repair our infrastructure, strengthen health care, and set up all Nevadans for success,” said Rep. Susie Lee. “I am thrilled that programs I advocated and fought for made it into the final package. I am particularly proud that we’re increasing investment in Title I schools by $1 billion--especially since Title I schools in Nevada have been underfunded by over $2.2 billion dollars over the past decade.”

H.R. 2740 consists of four FY 2020 appropriations bills that fund federal agencies including the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, and Energy.

Below are a number of priorities of Lee worked to secure and pass in H.R. 2740:

Jobs:

  • $1.9 billion for Job Corps, $150 million above the 2019 enacted level, helping at-risk youth develop the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century economy.
  • $3 billion for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Grants to states and local communities for workforce development.
  • $250 million for the Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeships to help more workers receive a skills-based education and find well-paying jobs.
  • $56 million, an increase of $5 million, in public health workforce initiatives.

Children & Families:

  • An increase of $4 billion for early childhood programs including the Child Care and Development Block Grant and Head Start.
  • $973 million, an increase of $46 million, for programs to improve maternal and child health, including an additional $5 million to reduce maternal mortality.
  • $40 million for Full-Service Community Schools to provide comprehensive services and expand evidence-based models that meet the holistic needs of children, families, and communities.

Education:

  • Title I: $16.86 billion, an increase of $1 billion over the fiscal year 2019 enacted level.
  •  21st Century Community Learning Centers: $1.32 billion, an increase of $100 million over the fiscal year 2019 enacted level.
  • Title VII Health Professions Education and Training: $455 million, an increase of $63 million over the fiscal year 2019 enacted level.
  • $42.2 billion for the nation’s K-12 education programs.
  • $24.9 billion for Federal student aid programs, $492 million above the 2019 enacted level.
  • $2.7 billion for higher education programs, an increase of $436 million above the 2019 enacted level.
  • $250 million for Registered Apprenticeships, an increase of $90 million above the fiscal year 2019 enacted level and the President’s budget request.

Health:

  • A $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), expanding lifesaving medical research.
  • $56 million, an increase of $5 million, in CDC public health workforce initiatives.
  • Increases for numerous public health efforts, including: $10 million for the establishment of a suicide prevention program, $250 million to address tobacco and e-cigarettes, and $160 million for heart disease and stroke.
  • $1.05 billion for food safety and inspection programs.
  • $5.9 billion for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Environment:

  • Funding for DOE and NRC licensing activities for the Yucca Mountain geologic repository not included.  
  • DOE NNSA Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation report language included regarding the transfer of plutonium from the state of South Carolina in the state of Nevada
  • DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy solar soft costs funded at $35 million, consistent with 2019.
  • $273 million increase for the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), providing for clean, affordable, and secure energy and supporting our transition to a clean energy economy.
  • $425 million for Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, supporting research aimed at rapidly developing energy technologies that are capable of significantly changing the energy sector to address our critical economic, environmental, and energy security challenges.
  • $10.5 million for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
  • $9.53 billion in for EPA, including $3.43 billion for EPA’s core science and environmental program work.

Strong & Secure Communities:

  • $67 million for trafficking in persons programs, of which $36 million is for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
  • Promoting LGBTI rights: $250,000 for the Special Envoy for the Human Rights Division of LGBTI Persons; $7.5 million for the Global Equality Fund; $5 million for USAID's LGBTI Portfolio in the Democracy Fund; language supporting funding the Human Rights Division and LGBTI portfolio at no less than prior year levels;  language requiring a report from State and USAID detailing their efforts to promote LGBTI human rights; and language requiring State and USAID to report on LGBTI discrimination around the world in its annual Human Rights Reports
  • $16 million for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
  • DoD STARBASE program $35 million increase
  • UH-60M Blackhawks funded at $1.4 billion
  • F-35 plus 12 aircraft for $1 billion
  • For the first time in more than 20 years, the bill funds firearm injury and mortality prevention research at the CDC and NIH.
  • Investments in our nation’s public health infrastructure, including $66 million, an increase of $6 million, for food safety.
  • $760 million for the Community Services Block Grant, an increase of $35 million, to help revitalize communities.
  •  $501 million for grant programs to help stem opioid abuse, including for drug courts, treatment, prescription drug monitoring, overdose-reversal drugs, and at-risk youth programs.
  • Increased resources for programs that reduce violent and gun crime, including $80 million in grants to States to improve their records used in background checks.

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