Rep. Susie Lee Secures Local Nevada Priorities in 2021 House Appropriations Budget
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Susie Lee (Nev.-03) secured several wins for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 appropriations budget, the final package of which passed the House of Representatives today. Along with the inclusion of two of her amendments in the final package, Rep. Lee helped secure vital funding to improve Nevada's schools, health care, and workforce development. You can read Rep. Lee’s FY 2021 appropriations priorities here.
Two of Rep. Lee’s amendments passed as part of the final package:
- Amendment 257: Secures an additional $1 million in funding for the Full-Service Community Schools grant program, which provides support for the creation and implementation of Full Service Community Schools. These schools provide comprehensive academic, social, and health services for students, families, and communities, particularly in low-income and underserved areas.
- Amendment 258: Secures an additional $1 million for Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), which are health workforce training centers in medically underserved communities. AHECs partner with local colleges, universities, hospitals, and providers to recruit, train, and retain health workers who are committed to providing health care in underserved and low-income communities.
“This budget reflects the commitment I made to look out for the well-being and livelihood of Nevada workers and families.” said Rep. Lee. “The House passed my amendment for funding for Full Service Community Schools to improve school services for our most needy students and families. My amendment also passed for funding for Area Health Education Centers, which help address Nevada’s worsening doctor shortage by providing vital health care services in underserved and low-income communities.
“This pandemic is a reality check for Congress, and a signal that it’s time set aside party politics to help Americans with their most basic needs,” Rep. Lee continued. “That’s why I helped secure funding for underserved Title 1 public schools, community health centers, apprenticeships and employment opportunity programs, minority-owned businesses, and opioid abuse prevention efforts. During a moment when our constituents are counting on Congress to come together for the well-being of our nation, this budget gives Nevada and America’s workers, students, and families the resources they need to succeed.”
“Increased funding for the National AHEC Program will assist all AHECs in the ability to meet critical health care workforce needs, particularly for rural and urban underserved areas,” said Gerald J. Ackerman, Nevada AHEC State Director. “The Nevada AHEC program and Centers will specifically benefit from funding in providing increased focus with critical health workforce needs that face Nevada. The issues of our health workforce have been highlighted with the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Nevada’s health workforce, now more than ever, needs to be well prepared to meet national, state, and local needs. This is what the great national network of AHECs and the federal partnership have created. This funding will make a local impact through the individual centers in Nevada focusing on the urban areas of Las Vegas and Reno and all of the rural areas of our state and will help us meet the unique challenges faced by Nevada. We deeply appreciate the support of Congresswoman Lee and all those who have made this possible.”
“We are so appreciative of Congresswoman Susie Lee’s support of the mission of the nation’s Area Health Education Centers,” said Dwain Harris, CEO of the National AHEC Organization. “As we continue our work developing a health care workforce that is responsive to the needs of underserved and diverse populations, it is encouraging to be recognized for the vital difference we are making for our communities.”
Rep. Lee’s priorities included in the final FY2021 House Appropriations Budget:
- $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.
- $1.3 billion for 21st Century Community Learning Centers to support local afterschool, before-school, and summer learning programs.
- $31 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.
- $808 million to assist primarily Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) 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.