Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressmen Steven Horsford (NV-04)
Washington, DC — Congressman Steven Horsford voted in favor of H.R. 133 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, an omnibus spending package to responsibly fund the government and invest in critical priorities.
“This spending package will help American families recover from the pandemic and help our communities as we rebuild our economy, in a more inclusive and equitable manner. Nevada faces a long road to recovery, and I am committed to fighting for federal funding to ensure Nevada families prosper on the other side of this pandemic. ” said Congressman Horsford. “I voted for this bill because it provides pathways for better schools, provides critical nutrition and housing support to our most vulnerable communities, supports Nevada’s military and veterans, and expands broadband access and economic opportunities for our rural communities.”
The omnibus spending package comprises all 12 fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills and increases non-defense spending by $12.5 billion, securing investments in American communities by improving schools, expanding access to housing, reducing food insecurity, protecting our environment, combating climate change and more.
This bill also includes a funding reduction for Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) aggressive detention and removal activities, as well as providing funding for federal research into gun violence.
This omnibus includes the following critical investments in Nevada:
SUPPORTS OUR SCHOOLS
- Provides $16.5 billion for Education for the Disadvantaged Grants to Local Educational Agencies, an increase of $227 million and $12.9 billion for IDEA Special Education Grants to States.
EXPANDS ACCESS TO HOUSING
- For the first time, provides $43.4 million in new targeted vouchers to reduce homelessness among families with children, individuals, the unsheltered, veterans, and survivors of domestic violence.
- Provides $25.8 billion for Tenant-based Rental Assistance, $1.9 billion above the 2020 enacted level and $2.4 billion above the President’s budget request.
- Provides additional funds for Native American Housing, Choice Neighborhoods Initiatives, the Public Housing Fund, and Self-Sufficiency programs.
TACKLES FOOD INSECURITY
- Includes robust funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and child nutrition programs.
SUPPORTS NEVADA’S VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES
- $90 billion for VA medical care, including funding to provide homelessness assistance, suicide prevention and outreach, and gender-specific care.
- Approves a 3.0 percent pay raise for all active duty military personnel.
EXPANDING ACCESS TO BROADBAND AND HEALTHCARE SERVICE IN RURAL COMMUNITIES
- $730 million in the expansion of broadband service to provide economic development opportunities and improved education and healthcare services in rural communities.
IMPROVES OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM
- Reduces funding for ICE’s overly aggressive detention and removal activities by $431 million below the fiscal year 2020 level.
KEEPS OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE
- Provides $3.3 billion for state and local preparedness grants, training and exercises, an increase of $131.4 million above the fiscal year 2020 level, including: $180 million for non-profit security grants, an increase of $90 million above the fiscal year 2020 level.
COMBATS THE GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC
- Provides $25 million split evenly for federal research at the CDC and NIH into our nation’s gun violence epidemic.
SUPPORTS HARDWORKING NEVADAN TAXPAYERS
- Provides $11.92 billion, a $409 million increase above the FY 2020 enacted level, to help the IRS increase voluntary tax compliance and close the tax gap; provide timely and quality service to taxpayers; and modernize IRS legacy systems.
PROTECTING NEVADA’S AIR, WATER, AND PUBLIC LANDS, FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE, AND EXPANDING CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY
- $9.24 billion, a $180 million increase, for the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure clean air and water and to hold polluters accountable
- $7.026 billion for DOE’s Office of Science to support energy innovation of the future; $2.86 billion for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and $427 million for ARPA-E to support the development of clean, affordable, and secure energy; and $367.7 million for a reliable, resilient electric grid
- $2 billion for NASA Earth Science, including climate observing programs, an increase of $28.2 million above FY 2020, as well as $182 million for NOAA Climate Research, $12.5 million above FY 2020
- $900 million in mandatory funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is critical to maintaining Nevada’s parks, outdoor recreation areas, and protecting Nevada wildlife.