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House Passes Six-Bill Government Funding Package

WASHINGTON — The House today passed H.R. 8294, a package of six fiscal year 2023 federal funding bills, on a 220 to 207 vote.

The six-bill package consists of the 2023 Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies; Financial Services and General Government; Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies funding bills.

“As hardworking Americans struggle with rising costs of living, high taxes, and stagnant wages, House Democrats and the Appropriations Committee are once again supporting families all over America by lowering the cost of living, creating American jobs, lifting up working families, and supporting small businesses. Instead of catering to the biggest corporations and the wealthy, our funding bills provide the critical funding America needs. At the same time, we tackle some of our nation’s biggest challenges by combatting climate change, bolstering mental health services, supporting our Veterans, and building safer communities with less crime and violence and more security,” Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) said. “I am proud of the priorities included in this bill and am grateful to our Subcommittee Chairs and all Appropriators for their leadership. As we move the Appropriations process forward to enact these essential priorities, we will continue to fight for the lifeline that the middle class, working families, small businesses, and vulnerable Americans need.”

“The 2023 T-HUD bill represents a continued commitment in our nation’s affordable housing and infrastructure,” Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Chairman David E. Price (D-NC-04) said. “It will benefit rural and urban communities throughout America by growing opportunities for homeownership and rental assistance while also creating tens of thousands of jobs to repair and expand our airports, highways, transit, passenger rail, and port systems. This legislation provides expansive funding for safe, well-maintained, and innovative public housing, including substantial investments in manufactured housing, and transportation, supporting vulnerable populations and addressing existing inequity. This bill will benefit communities across America and lay a strong foundation for economic growth and resiliency.”

“Funding in the Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration bill impacts the lives of all Americans. It funds the agencies that ensure our food, prescription drugs, and medical devices are safe, abundant, and affordable,” Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Chairman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA-02) said. “It supports rural housing, education, health care, utilities, broadband, community facilities, and economic development. This bill enhances the quality of life for everyone in urban, suburban, and rural America.”

“Moving America forward requires responsibly investing in energy innovation and resilient water infrastructure. Modernized ports and waterways ensure industrial and agricultural goods make their way to market reliably and affordably. Solar and next generation energy technologies help power America, lower costs, and sustain life on Earth,” Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Chairwoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-09) said. “By wisely utilizing precious taxpayer dollars, every single penny is focused on supporting good-paying jobs and ensuring America captures the future.”

“Small businesses and hard-working families are being hit hard by higher costs of every day goods. This bill works to ensure the federal government is giving these families and businesses a hand up. My bill takes steps to end our reliance on oil and gas by transitioning the federal fleet to electric vehicles. It also provides enhanced resources to the SBA to support struggling small businesses,” Financial Services and General Government Chairman Mike Quigley (D-IL-5) said. “I also included provisions to protect access to reproductive care for federal workers and the women of Washington D.C.”

“In my first fiscal year as Interior Chair, I’m incredibly proud that we were able to make unprecedented investments to fight the climate crisis, return science as the foundation for decision-making, dedicate the highest level of federal funding to the arts and humanities ever, and continue our commitment to tribal nations. Supported by President Biden’s ambitious request to increase funding over last year, I’m thrilled we were able to build on those successes in this year’s bill,” Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Chair Chellie Pingree (D-ME-01) said. “With its passage today in the House, my FY2023 Interior Appropriations bill will further the United States’ commitment to clean energy, environmental justice, health infrastructure on tribal lands, and the arts. Through investments in clean energy technology, climate mitigation programs, and by restoring environmental protection, the Interior bill will take a whole-of-government approach to securing a safe and habitable world for future generations.”

“This year’s historic investments demonstrate an unwavering commitment to our brave servicemembers, their families and our Veterans,” Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-23) said. “The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding bill reinforces our national security infrastructure and invests in military family housing, child development centers and VA facilities across the country, while ensuring veterans receive the care they deserve, including mental healthcare, gender-specific care, and increased programmatic efforts for those experiencing homelessness and addiction. Even more, this bill includes substantial investments to strengthen our military installations’ climate resiliency, expand PFAS testing and remediation, and address surging global threats from Russia and China during this challenging moment in history.” 

The 2023 Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies funding bill provides funding of $90.9 billion, an increase of $9.9 billion – more than 12 percent – above 2022. This includes an increase of $8.9 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and $833 million for the Department of Transportation. In total, the bill provides $168.5 billion in total budgetary resources, an increase of $11.5 billion above 2022. The legislation:

  • Creates and sustains tens of thousands of good-paying American jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure with significant investments in airports, highways, transit, passenger rail, and port systems
  • Grows opportunity through homeownership and rental assistance, including more than 140,000 new housing vouchers targeted to individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness and approximately 5,600 new units for seniors and persons with disabilities
  • Supports the vulnerable with public housing safety, maintenance, and improvement investments, such as the remediation of lead paint and radon and installation of energy and water efficient systems
  • Promotes safe transportation and housing with a skilled and growing workforce to conduct inspections, mitigate hazards, and study emerging threats and innovative solutions
  • Includes more than $2.6 billion to reduce emissions, increase resiliency, and address historical inequities in transportation and housing programs
  • Supports community projects identified by 331 Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle that increase the safety and viability of our airports, highways, and transit systems as well as strengthen our housing, businesses, and community infrastructure

The 2023 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies funding bill provides funding of $27.2 billion– a critical increase of $2.075 billion, 8 percent– above 2022. In total, the bill includes $195 billion for both discretionary programs funded on an annual basis and mandatory programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The legislation:

  • Rebuilds our public health infrastructure and strengthens the safety of our baby formula market with increased funding to address maternal and infant nutrition, including resources for the ‘Closer to Zero’ initiative to reduce exposure to toxic elements in babies’ and young children’s food, emerging food-related chemical and toxicological issues, drug safety oversight, as well as providing additional resources for in-person inspections of one of the largest foreign drug manufacturing countries, and drug and device supply chain monitoring and surveillance. The bill also invests in our public health infrastructure by modernizing FDA’s data infrastructure to better ensure the safety and security of the food and medical supply chain
  • Tackles hunger and nutrition insecurity by maintaining the current level of access to fresh fruits and vegetables for 6.2 million people through WIC and ensuring 43.5 million people in SNAP-eligible families get the benefits they need. The bill also invests in the health of America’s kids through Child Nutrition programs, like school meals, which are now the healthiest source of food consumed in the United States
  • Grows opportunity and lifts up rural communities with continued investments for rural broadband, a new 1 percent loan program for water programs for rural areas, and a record investment of $1.5 billion in single family home loans
  • Provides important investments to ensure equitable participation in USDA programs. In total, the bill provides increases for extension, research, and capacity grants at our 1890 land grants, 1994 land grants, and Hispanic serving institutions to help strengthen the pipeline for the future of agriculture. It also provides increased funding to improve outreach and program access to historically underserved communities and more than doubles funding for Tribal relations activities
  • Provides full pay costs for both USDA and FDA. For FDA, this is the first time in years such costs have been provided. Including these costs ensures that these expenses do not come out of base program funding

The 2023 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies funding bill, provides $56.275 billion, an increase of $3.4 billion above the fiscal year 2022 level. The legislation:

  • Helps lower energy costs by strengthening America’s energy independence
  • Creates tens of thousands of good-paying jobs with a focus on deploying clean energy technologies and the green jobs of tomorrow in communities across the country
  • Confronts the climate crisis with more than $16 billion of transformative investments in clean energy and science, which will help develop clean, affordable, and secure American energy
  • Rebuilds our nation’s water infrastructure, critical to protecting communities from more frequent and severe storms and to addressing the worsening western drought
  • Strengthens our national security by providing for a safe and secure nuclear deterrent and protects our environment by funding legacy nuclear cleanup work

The 2023 Financial Services and General Government funding includes $29.8 billion in funding, an increase of $4.3 billion – 17 percent – over fiscal year 2022. The legislation:

  • Assists small businesses and entrepreneurs through the Small Business Administration and Community Development Financial Institutions
  • Protects our democracy with Election Security Grants to ensure the integrity and safety of our elections
  • Rebuilds the Internal Revenue Service to finally crack down on big corporations and the wealthy who are not paying their fair share and to provide better customer service to working families navigating the tax system
  • Supports working and middle-class families by increasing funding for consumer protection activities at the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Federal Trade Commission
  • Confronts the climate crisis by providing funding to start the transition of the Federal vehicle fleet to electric and zero emission vehicles

The 2023 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, includes $44.8 billion in regular appropriations, an increase of $6.8 billion – 18 percent – above the FY 2022 enacted level. There is also an additional $2.55 billion of funding provided under the fire suppression cap adjustment. The legislation:

  • Honors the federal government’s responsibilities to Native American families by investing in tribal communities including through education and health care programs
  • Creates good-paying American jobs and strengthens the environmental workforce through investments in renewable energy development
  • Confronts the climate crisis and builds resilience to climate change by expanding environmental enforcement efforts with a focus on land and water conservation
  • Protects and preserves public lands and biodiversity, which encompasses threatened and endangered species and their habitats
  • Invests in historically underserved communities overburdened by disproportionate impacts from pollution
  • Dedicates the highest-ever level of funding to the arts and humanities

The 2023 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill provides $314.1 billion, an increase of $29.5 billion – more than 10 percent – above 2022. Of this amount, discretionary funding for programs such as veterans’ health care and military construction totals $150.5 billion, an increase of $23 billion above 2022. The legislation:

  • Supports our veterans with investments in health care, including targeted investments that advance women’s health, mental health, and homelessness assistance
  • Rebuilds our infrastructure with strong investments to construct critical facilities on military installations, including family housing and childcare centers, and build, repair, and retrofit Veterans Affairs facilities
  • Protects our national security with investments to respond to the challenges posed by Russian and Chinese aggression
  • Confronts the climate crisis with increased climate change and resiliency funding to help military installations adapt to rising sea levels and worsening natural disasters

Text and summaries of the legislation, before action on the House Floor, as well as Committee reports accompanying each bill, is available here. Information on amendments considered on the Floor is here.

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