García Successfully Adds Multiple Provisions to House-Passed Funding Package
Washington, DC – Today, Representative Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) successfully included two provisions in H.R. 2740, the first Democratic Majority-passed Appropriations package since 2010. H.R. 2740 provides $982.8 billion to fund federal departments including Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, and Energy until Sept 30, 2020.
Rep. García successfully added an amendment to H.R. 2740 to increase funding for climate change and renewable energy research by $5 million while cutting fossil fuel research and development funding by $5 million. [Watch a video on this link]
Additionally, Rep. García led a successful effort with 36 Members enabling the Army Corps of Engineers to consider ecological, economic, and social benefits when selecting annual projects for completion. [Find copy of letter on this link]
“Passage of H.R. 2740 ensures robust funding to increase access to affordable education, health care, and programs to combat the opioid epidemic,” Rep. García said. “I was glad that my amendments to combat climate change, reduce carbon emissions, and expand ecological restoration efforts were included in the final package and I was proud to support legislation that rejects the irresponsible budget cuts proposed by Trump."
H.R. 2740 passed 226-203 and marks a clear rejection of proposed cuts and elimination of critical programs in President Trump’s budget request:
- $1.5 billion more for Health Resources & Services Administration than Trump Budget
- $6.9 billion more for National Institutes of Health than Trump Budget
- $513 million more for international family planning programs than Trump Budget
- $50 million for CDC research into gun violence prevention, the first time ever to be done
- $2 billion more for Federal student aid above Trump Budget