García Successfully Secures $10 Million for Priorities in Second House-Passed Funding Package

June 25, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) successfully included two amendments in H.R. 3055, the second Democratic Majority-passed Appropriations package to fund the government in 2020. H.R. 3055 provides $381 billion to fund federal departments including Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency, Interior, Agriculture and Veterans Affairs until Sept 30, 2020.

Rep. García successfully passed an amendment to H.R. 3055 to increase funding for technical assistance and training programs under the Federal Transit Authority, including $2.5 million for training and workforce development for front line bus and rail transit workers by $5 million. [Clip]

Additionally, Rep. García secured passage of an amendment to provide an additional $5 million in competitive grant funding for technical assistance, planning, and design for transit-oriented development (TOD) projects. These funds can help cities like Chicago design better land-use plans to combat gentrification and displacement. [Clip]

Passage of H.R. 3055 ensures robust funding for research into the climate crisis, the gun violence epidemic, and opioid addition, food for hungry children and families, protections for our air, water, public lands, national parks and the arts, and secures funding for veterans, their families, and critical investments for affordable housing and transportation infrastructure,” Rep. García said. “I was glad that my amendments to mitigate the risks of gentrification and to expand professional development opportunities for transit workers were included in the final package. Passage of this legislation is a rejection of the irresponsible budget cuts proposed by Trump and makes critical investments for communities throughout the country.”

H.R. 3055 passed 227-194 and marks a clear rejection of proposed cuts and elimination of critical programs in President Trump’s budget request:

  • $71.1 billion for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to fully fund the food stamps
  • $2.41 billion more for the Dept. of Interior, including the National Parks, than Trump’s Budget
  • $3.3 billion more for the EPA to research the climate crisis and protect clean water and air above the Trump Budget
  • $2 billion more for Amtrak than the President’s Budget
  • $13.4 billion more for HUD than Trump’s Budget, which includes affordable housing funds