Perlmutter Applauds House Passage of FY22 Funding Bills, Including Millions for 7th Congressional District

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) applauded the passage of nine FY 2022 appropriations bills in the U.S. House of Representatives this week. These bills included nearly all of his Community Project Funding (CPF) requests, which in total would bring $7.6 million for Colorado’s 7th Congressional District. The projects range from infrastructure improvements and critical services for domestic violence victims to retrofitting a new health clinic for children and funding to support STEM education and workforce development programs. The bills also include numerous provisions authored and advocated for by Perlmutter.

“Broadly, these funding bills help set our investment priorities for the coming year across the federal government, including funding to rebuild the global public health infrastructure to prevent future pandemics, investments to improve resiliency against climate change, and supporting our education and workforce development systems to prepare our children and workers with the skills they need to succeed,” said Perlmutter. “Here at home, these funding bills including millions of dollars in funding for important projects to make a real difference in people’s lives and support critical investments in our communities.”

Perlmutter secured funding for several priorities important to his district, including:

• Adoption of an amendment to support $15 million in additional funding for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) through the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Facilities and Infrastructure account.  NREL plays a key role in advancing America’s “all of the above” energy strategy and will support its critical infrastructure needs.

• Inclusion of $28.5 million for planning and design work for new facilities for the USGS Mineral Resource Program laboratories at the Colorado School of Mines. The current facility is being seriously degraded by system failures endemic to a now 75-year-old building, which forced USGS to plan a relocation of their facilities from the Denver Federal Center into new lab space. 

• Funding to study the mental health effects of active shooter drills in K-12 schools to mirror a bill introduced by Perlmutter earlier this year.

• Inclusion of a provision which will allow RTD to receive a refund for their deposit on a 2010 loan for the Denver Union Station project totaling $29 million plus interest.  

• Sustained funding of $10 million for the Department of Veterans Affairs Epilepsy Centers of Excellence (ECoEs) to ensure continued investment and oversight of these centers which provide Veterans with epilepsy the full range of medications and treatments so they can find the best treatment plan for them. These ECoEs were created by legislation Perlmutter authored in 2008.

• Inclusion of a provision prohibiting federal banking regulators from penalizing banks for working with legal cannabis-related businesses during FY 2022.  This provision highlights the importance of passing Perlmutter’s SAFE Banking Act to provide permanent protections and help get cash off the streets to keep our communities safer.

Earlier this year, Perlmutter solicited proposals for community projects and received dozens of requests to support projects across the 7th Congressional District. Ten projects were selected and submitted to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration, and all ten were included in the Committee’s appropriations bills.  

"This is a wise investment that will validate the value of government, industry and education partnering to ensure Colorado has a well-prepared workforce,” said Geri Anderson, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, Red Rocks Community College.

“We are honored by Congressman Perlmutter’s advocacy for families in his district impacted by substance use. Through his work to gain Community Project Funding for Savio’s Family Residential Program, he demonstrated his desire to end generational cycles of addiction. With the construction of a six townhome campus, the project will be the first in the nation to provide a safe and stable living environment for an entire family while they receive the holistic support they need to heal. Savio is grateful that Congressmen Perlmutter saw the potential of this innovative project for Colorado families,” said Norma Aguilar-Dave, Savio House Executive Director.

Additionally, while the House hasn’t yet considered the FY2022 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies bill, Perlmutter authored two bipartisan amendments which were made in order for consideration on the floor:

• Amendment to elevate the Office of Space Commerce out of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and into the Office of the Secretary of Commerce to better leverage the expertise of the entire Department to support their work and improve interagency collaboration which is critical to the Office’s growing responsibilities including on remote sensing licensing applications. 

• Amendment to provide full funding for the Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle, America’s deep space exploration spacecraft which will carry our astronauts back to the Moon and onto Mars as part of the Artemis Program.

The full list of specific Community Project Funding project information, including the requesting entity, funding amount and location, are listed below and additional information can be found here.

Adams County & 17th Judicial District: $2 million to establish a multidisciplinary Domestic Violence High Risk Team to provide life-saving and comprehensive services to domestic violence victims (Adams County / Broomfield County)

City of Commerce City: $615,000 to increase railway crossing safety and mitigate disruptions train horns create for residents (Commerce City)

City of Golden: $2.32 million to support planning for multimodal improvements to a congested section of State Highway 93 and finish upgrades to this regional corridor (Golden)

City of Thornton: $310,000 to support the purchase of body worn cameras for the City of Thornton Police Department to help them complete the deployment of body worn cameras to all sworn officers (Thornton)

Kids First Health Care: $800,000 to renovate space for a new pediatric health clinic and administrative office (Commerce City)

National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement: $450,000 to support the training of residents of medically underserved communities as medical assistants, providing an accessible entry into a health career in a primary care setting (Denver / across CD7)

National Lao-Hmong Memorial Foundation: $250,000 to support construction of a national memorial to honor the service and sacrifice of the Lao-Hmong people (Lao, Hmong, Lue, U-Mien, and Thai Dam), America’s loyal allies during the Vietnam War in Laos (Westminster)

Red Rocks Community College: $300,000 to support the College’s Reach, Reason, Connect and Create Initiative to increase diversity in high-tech skill jobs and preparing the next generation of Colorado’s workforce (Lakewood / Arvada)

Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport: $270,000 to replace the Airport’s aging airfield lighting regulators and backup generator to improve the safety of airport operations (Jefferson County)

Savio House: $300,000 to support their Family Residential Program and create the first treatment program in the nation that allows a parent needing addiction treatment, their partner, and their children to receive holistic, full-family care in an innovative residential setting (Lakewood)

The nine House-passed appropriations bills are Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, 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; Legislative Branch; Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies; State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; and Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies.

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