Perlmutter Applauds Passage of FY20 Government Funding Bills

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Washington, D.C.-, December 17, 2019 | comments

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) today applauded the passage of the fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills: H.R. 1865 and H.R. 1158.

“Most importantly, the passage of these bills ensures the federal government will remain open and working for the American people,” said Perlmutter. “It also includes significant funding for many of the priorities House Democrats have been fighting for since the beginning of the year such as full funding for the 2020 Census, protecting our election systems, research into how to prevent gun violence, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, and helping more Americans save for retirement.”

The government funding bills include many priorities important to Colorado and hardworking families across the country. Key line items include:

  • $25 million dedicated to gun violence research for the first time in 20 years
  • $2.79 billion for the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), a $411 million increase above FY19 level, which helps fund the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)
  • $7.6 billion for the 2020 Census
  • $425 million to protect and secure election systems
  • Includes the SECURE Act which helps Americans save for retirement and protects their retirement savings
  • $495 million for the Land Water Conservation Fund
  • $3.38 billion for National Parks
  • $41.58 billion for National Institutes of Health to support medical research and development
  • Includes the CREATES Act which makes it easier to bring generic drugs to market, a key component of bringing down drug prices
  • Provides $78 million for states to upgrade their NICS databases
  • Funding for TIGER/BUILD grants, CDBG funds to help support community investment from water systems to meals on wheels, and $12.6 billion for rental assistance given Colorado’s rental cost increases
  • Significant funding for programs that support Veterans such as Veteran Treatment Courts and Gulf War Illness research

Also important to Colorado, the bills make significant investments in Colorado’s aerospace and defense community, including several Colorado projects like the Orion crew vehicle which will take our astronauts to Mars, GPS III satellites, RESTORE-L, the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), and the Near-Earth Object Camera (NEOCam).

In addition, the appropriations packages extend the authorization of several key programs such as the Export-Import Bank, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program, the National Flood Insurance Program, and the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program Extension Act.

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