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Shutdown Update: Losses in Funding by Taking Up the Senate's Appropriations Bills Instead of the House's

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  • The Agriculture bill does not include priorities to support rural America or advance medical drug and device review.
  • The FSGG bill excludes numerous new provisions to protect the sanctity of life, reform Dodd-Frank, support the implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and create a Fund for America’s Kids and Grandkids to reduce the deficit.
  • The Interior & Environment bill does not include a repeal of WOTUS and underfunds key House priorities, including WIFIA and Superfund, while increasing funding for the EPA and its regulatory programs.
  • The THUD bill does not fully fund priorities for to support our nation’s infrastructure and modernization to the FAA Air Traffic Control.

 

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development losses: (As included in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, which passed out of the House Appropriations Committee on May 23, 2018)

 

  • The House provided $3.8 billion for highway formula funding that goes directly and immediately to the states and territories. The Senate provided $2.4 billion – or $1.4 billion less – for this purpose.
  • The House provided $250 million to rebuild ports that are critical to our nation’s commercial transportation networks. The Senate provides no funding for this purpose.
  • The House made key rail investments that are not included in the Senate bill. This includes $300 million for rail safety infrastructure grants, compared to $255 million for this purpose in the Senate bill.
  • The House included several provisions requiring FAA to engage with communities to reduce harmful levels of noise pollution. These provisions are not included in this bill. Further, this bill includes $250 million less than House levels for FAA Air Traffic Control modernization.
  • The House provided $50 million for vouchers targeted to families with children to enable them to move to neighborhoods with greater economic opportunities. The Senate bill does not include any funds for this program.
  • The House included $390 million to provide additional vouchers for impoverished citizens living with disabilities. The Senate only provides $154 million for this program, and includes no new vouchers for these vulnerable people.
  • The House included $150 million for Choice Neighborhood Grants to revitalize communities and restore blighted neighborhoods. The Senate bill only includes $100 million for this purpose.

 

Agriculture losses: (As included in the Agriculture Appropriations bill, which passed out of the House Appropriations Committee on May 16, 2018)

 

  • The House included $125 million more than the Senate Bill for the broadband pilot program.  Broadband deployment for the unserved and underserved rural communities is one of the highest priorities for rural America. 
  • In the public health realm, the House Bill provided $149 million more for the Food and Drug Administration, including new monies for the advancement of critical medical product technologies. 
  • The House included $100 million more for Water and Waste Disposal Grants
  • The House included $200 million more for Rural Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loans
  • House included $30 million more for Business and Industry Loans
  • House included $30 million more $136 million more for Agricultural Research Service Buildings and Facilities
  • Senate bill does not include language to secure set-aside funds for persistent poverty counties in rural areas. This provision vital to rural communities across the country is not included in the bill and so the new Majority chose to throw away this protection for the rural poor.   
  • The new Dem Majority House Bill increases WIC rescission to $501 million from $400 million in the Senate Bill. 

Interior losses: (As included in the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies bill, which passed out of the House Appropriations Committee on June 6, 2018)

  • The House included $23 million more for sage-grouse conservation projects. 
  • The House included $77 million more for EPA's WIFIA, Brownfields, and Superfund Remedial programs.  These programs provide regulatory relief, leverage Federal dollars, improve water infrastructure, and spur economic development. 
  • This House included $160 million more for Native American programs guaranteed through treaty rights and other legal mandates. 
  • The House included $27 million more than the House Republican bill for the operation and maintenance of our national parks. Senate included $21 million less in hazardous fuels reduction.
  • The House included $21 million more for Forest Service’s Hazardous Fuels Program
  • The House included $12 million more in hazard detection and response.
  • The Senate bill includes $200 million more in EPA regulatory program funding
     

FSGG losses: (As included in the Financial Services and General Government bill, which passed out of the House Appropriations Committee on June 13, 2018)

  • While both bills provided the promised $77 million to implement the new tax reforms at the Internal Revenue Service, the House provided an additional $369 million over last year to upgrade systems and operations to assist taxpayers.
  • The House bill carried more than 20 separate provisions aimed at reforming various aspects of the financial sector to benefit customers in investors. Each of these provisions had a bi-partisan list of co-sponsors and each passed the House in the 115th Congress with a vote of more than 270 yeas.  The Senate proposal ignores these common sense reforms.
  • The House provided $123.6 million to streamline and expedite formula and label applications from the beverage industry, assisting many small businesses across the country.  The Democrat proposal level of $114.4 million will result in sharp increases in process time. 
  • The House included $275.9 million to fully fund construction costs of a land port of entry at Calexico, California, to improve border security and freight crossings. The Senate proposal shorts this land port of entry by $100 million, thus requiring another appropriations measure to complete the project. 
  • The bi-partisan 2019 National Defense Authorization Act authorized a new, rigorous structure for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States process to protect our Nation’s industries and investments. In order to fully comply with the NDAA mandates, Treasury requires an additional $6 million over the Senate level to implement the law.
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