Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY)
Headline: House Passes Funding Bill with COVID Relief, Maloney Priorities
House Passes Funding Bill with COVID Relief, Maloney Priorities
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan, bicameral funding package for Fiscal Year 2021, which contained several priorities of Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), including COVID-19-relief provisions aimed at providing critically-needed assistance for New York families, health care providers, farmers, and small businesses. Additionally, this bill will advance the Dam Safety Improvement Act, and advance flood risk management projects along the Wallkill River.
“In addition to dedicated funding to help New Yorkers get through this pandemic and access the vaccine, our annual spending bill includes priorities of mine to combat climate change, update and repair our infrastructure, protect farmers and homeowners from flooding, and strengthen our schools and communities.
“As we start the process of recovering from the pandemic in 2021 and beyond, it is vital New York has the resources to build back stronger and better than before. I will continue to fight for the Hudson Valley, and work to bring jobs, investment and opportunity to New York in 2021,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.
A $900+ billion bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill was attached to the annual spending package, and provides dedicated funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, assistance for small businesses and schools, enhanced unemployment benefits, support for our farmers, boosts nutrition programs, and triggers an additional round of direct cash payments, among many other provisions. New York State is expected to receive an estimated $54 billion in relief funds from this package. Read more about the package here.
The annual spending bill contains legislative priorities of Rep. Maloney’s, such as measures to combat climate change, improve water infrastructure, and invest in Hudson Valley communities. The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), an annual legislative package that authorizes studies and projects within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Civil Works mission areas, including: navigation; flood, hurricane, storm damage reduction; shoreline protection; and ecosystem restoration, is a major component of the bill.
Included in the bill text is Rep. Maloney’s Dam Safety Improvement Act, a provision to advance the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Tributaries project (NYNJHATS) under the Hudson River Climate Change Protection Act, as well as a provision to prioritize flood risk management projects on the Rondout Creek-Wallkill River Watershed. This legislation will support the Hudson Valley ecosystem and improve New York’s water infrastructure. More on WRDA can be found here.
The annual spending bill invests in New York families, and will support recovery from the pandemic by strengthening our communities. The funding bill will:
- Support our schools and students by providing over $40 billion in funds for K-12 education programs, including billions in Title I grants to local education agencies, and dedicated funding for in-need communities. The bill also dedicates funds for higher education – including career, technical and adult education programs – and includes the largest expansion of Pell Grant recipients in over a decade, reaching 500,000 new recipients and ensuring more than 1.5 million students will now receive the maximum benefit.
- Expand access to housing by providing millions in new targeted vouchers to reduce homelessness among families with children, veterans, survivors of domestic violence, and individuals.
- Tackle food insecurity by fully funding child nutrition programs, WIC, and SNAP.
- Build safer communities by investing in research through the NIH and CDC to address our nation’s gun violence epidemic, and improve the NICS firearms background check system.
- Combat climate change by investing in renewable and efficient energy projects, and dedicate funds to addressing climate change in communities, like Rep. Maloney’s provisions in the Water Resources Development Act to advance projects that address climate change in New York and repair our water infrastructure. The funding package also includes billions to fund the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure our air and water is clean.
- Strengthen rural communities by dedicating millions to expand broadband service for students, workers and families who rely on a stable internet connection during this pandemic.
- Keep our promise to our veterans by providing the funding needed for a 3 percent pay raise for our troops, $90 billion for VA medical care, including dedicated funds to assist homeless veterans, and prevent veteran suicide.