President Biden for reversing decades of disinvestment by prioritizing initiatives that will help working families and the vulnerable.
“The coronavirus pandemic has exposed serious needs in New York and across the country. President Biden’s funding request takes important steps to meet these needs and set our nation on a course for a better future,” Rep. Espaillat said. “As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which sets federal funding, I look forward to working with President Biden to fund critical priorities that will make a difference for our country.”
Since 2011, austere budget caps imposed by the Budget Control Act have limited the amount of funding that Congress can provide for critical needs.
With the budget caps expiring this year, Congress can finally provide long-overdue funding increases for important initiatives.
As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Espaillat will have a leading role in determining federal funding.
Among its many important proposals, President Biden’s budget blueprint invests in:
* Good schools: Historic funding for education, including a $20 billion increase for high-poverty schools.
* Pell Grants for DREAMers: Supporting the higher education of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students with access to Pell Grants.
* Building Institutional Capacity in Higher Education: HBCUs, TCUs, MSIs, and low-resourced institutions including community colleges to help institutions serve underserved students to be successful and graduate from college.
* Increasing STEM participation through the National Science Foundation: $100 million – nearly a 50 percent increase – funding for programs to increase participation in science and engineering of individuals from racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in these fields.
* Child care: Helps more families afford quality child care with a $1.5 billion increase.
* Healthier communities: Addresses crises exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic doubling prior funding to $1.6 billion.
* Prioritizing research and interventions to reduce Black and Minority Maternal Mortality: $200 million to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity rates nationwide and increasing actionable data with robust Maternal Mortality Review Committees and Obstetrics Management Strategies programs for providers working with expectant mothers.
* Public health and medical research: Strengthens the nation’s public health infrastructure with a record $8.7 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $6.5 billion for ARPA-H – a new lifesaving medical research initiative, and $10.7 billion for opioid prevention and treatment.
* Housing: Expands vital Housing Choice Vouchers to 200,000 more families and expands Homeless Assistance Grants to support more than 100,000 additional households, helping solve the nation’s housing crisis.
* Community Modernization: Increased funding for Community Development Block Grants in communities facing persistent poverty and historic under – and disinvestment.
* Safer neighborhoods: Fosters safer communities by providing $209 million in civil rights enforcement, $1 billion for gender-based violence prevention, and $2.1 billion for gun violence prevention to foster safer communities.
* Worker protection: Protects workers’ wages, benefits, and rights with an increase of $304 million, 17 percent more than last year, for worker protection agencies.
* U.S. Leadership on Climate Change: A whole-of-government approach that will help protect our environment for future generations, with a $14 billion increase over last year and reestablish U.S. commitment to combating the climate crisis and strengthening our relationship with global allies
* Nutrition: Strengthens the nutrition assistance safety net to combat rising rates of hunger and nutrition insecurity and expands local food systems with nearly $4 billion in new investments.
* Infrastructure: Rebuilds crumbling infrastructure with increased funding for roads and bridges, transit systems, and water systems.
The President’s budget request is the first phase of the appropriations process. In the coming months, Rep. Espaillat will work with their colleagues to review the request and formulate appropriations bills that fund individual federal agencies.
Later in the year, funding legislation will be considered by the Appropriations Committee and the full House.
Representative Espaillat is the first Dominican American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and his congressional district includes Harlem, East Harlem, West Harlem, Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill, and the northwest Bronx.
First elected to Congress in 2016, Representative Espaillat is serving his third term in Congress.
Representative Espaillat currently serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Committee on Appropriations responsible for funding the federal government’s vital activities.
He is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), where he serves as the Second Vice-Chair and is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, where he serves as Deputy Whip.
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