12/19/2019 — 

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Senate today voted to overwhelmingly approve a package of bipartisan appropriations bills allocating $1.4 trillion in federal spending.  The legislation, which was divided into two ‘minibus’ packages that together comprise all twelve fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills, will fund all federal agencies and departments for the remainder of the fiscal year.

U.S. Senator Jack Reed, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of the panel’s Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Subcommittee, included many important provisions for Rhode Island families in the bills and helped author key sections to strengthen the economy, create jobs, and invest in our infrastructure.

“This appropriations package makes critical investments to strengthen Rhode Island’s economy, upgrade our infrastructure, and improve public schools and public health,” said Senator Reed.  “I worked to prioritize the needs of Rhode Island’s workers and businesses, ensuring, for instance, that 1,500 new jobs related to submarine construction will be coming to the Ocean State.” 

Senator Reed continued: “On a bipartisan basis, Congress rejected the president’s proposed budget cuts for education and instead provided additional money to help improve schools and raise the maximum Pell grant to help deserving students pay for college.  We also added funding to better protect our air and water and help make our communities safer and healthier.  Notably, we added more money for election security.  And for the first time in twenty years, we allocated $25 million for federal research into reducing gun violence.”

The THUD section of the bill authored by Ranking Member Reed and THUD Chairman Susan Collins (R-ME) provides a total of $74.27 billion in appropriated budget authority for programs that build the U.S. transportation network, support housing programs, and spur economic development.  As a result, Rhode Island will receive about $350 million to improve the state’s roadways, bridges, and mass transit; and over $360 million for core community, housing, and homelessness prevention programs.  Reed successfully secured $50 million in federal assistance for bridge repair and replacement projects in Rhode Island.  For more information on Senator Reed’s work on the THUD bill, please click here.

“In order to help working families and deliver a strong return on investment to taxpayers, we’ve got to make smart, forward-looking investments with the limited dollars available.  This appropriations package will help improve Rhode Island’s infrastructure and makes critical investments in highways, bridges, airports, public housing, and other public assets that benefit citizens and businesses alike.  This bill will put people to work upgrading our infrastructure.  It will enhance safety, reduce congestion, and help the state attract private investment to drive our economy forward,” noted Reed.

“I will continue to be an unrelenting advocate for Rhode Island’s priorities and do everything I can to direct federal funding to the state,” continued Senator Reed, who worked throughout the Appropriations Committee process to champion several key measures in the bill, including:

• $1 billion for Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grants (previously known as TIGER grants).  Since 2010, Rhode Island has been awarded over $150 million in competitive TIGER/BUILD grants.

• $3.425 billion for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).

• $3.7 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

• A 3.1 percent pay raise for troops.

• $8.4 billion for the Virginia-class submarine program, which supports the nine boat, multi-year contract that the Navy and Electric Boat signed earlier this month; $2.25 billion to fully support the Columbia-class (Ohio-class Replacement) Program, including an additional $123 million to support submarine industrial base expansion; and $8 million to support submarine industrial base workforce training and education initiatives. 

• $425 million in new funding for election security to be distributed in grants to states.

• $25 million to fund federal gun violence research for the first time in more than two decades at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

• $22.5 billion for Pell Grants to increase the maximum award at $6,345 for the 2019-2020 school year.

• $7.6 billion for the 2020 census count.

• $10.6 billion for Head Start.

• $41.7 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including $2.82 billion for Alzheimer’s disease research and $30 million in new targeted funding for the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act.

• $5.8 billion for Child Care Development Block Grants.

• $495 million for Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), including $140 million for the National Park Service State Side program that provides matching grants to states and local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities.

• Raises the minimum age to buy tobacco and e-cigarette products in the United States from 18 to 21.

Senator Reed highlighted several other key areas of the bill that will benefit Rhode Island, including:

Agriculture, Rural Development, & Food and Drug Administration (FDA): $23.493 billion

• $6 billion for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to help improve the health and nutritional intake of low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women as well as infants and children up to their fifth birthday.  The bill also provides required mandatory spending, which is outside the discretionary funding jurisdiction of the Appropriations Committee, for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

• $3.2 billion for the Agricultural Research Service, including $1 million for East Coast shellfish research.

• $3.16 billion for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help promote and protect public health by overseeing the safety, efficacy, quality, and security of food, human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, and cosmetics.

• $1.8 billion for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to support their local field service system.

• $1.05 billion for food safety and inspection programs.

• $1 billion to help protect open spaces and farm land.

• $245 million for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.  This program provides eligible Rhode Island seniors in need with free, bulk boxes of healthy food from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prepare and enjoy at home.  The President’s budget request proposed to eliminate CSFP.  Instead, the bill provides an increase of $23 million to serve all anticipated participants.

• $500,000 for eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) research, prevention, surveillance, and treatment.

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies: $70.7 billion

Senator Reed is a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS).

• $32.6 billion for the U.S. Department of Justice to help fight crime and terrorism, protect communities and families, and provide critical grant funding for local law enforcement initiatives.  This includes funding for key operational grant programs that benefit Rhode Island, such as $547.2 million for Byrne Justice Assistance Grants; $502.5 million for Violence Against Women Act programs; $235 million for Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) hiring grants; $217 million to address sexual assault kit and other DNA evidence backlogs; $90 million for Second Chance Act programs; and $125 million for the STOP School Violence Act.  And for the first time, there will be $75 million in new, dedicated new funding for implementation of the bipartisan criminal justice reform law known as the First Step Act.

• $15.2 billion in overall discretionary funding for the Department of Commerce.

• $8.28 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help spark innovation through NSF’s research and development facilities to support today’s scientists, engineers, and technicians, while also supporting education and training programs to build tomorrow’s innovation workforce.  The bill includes $190 million for the EPSCoR program.

• $7.6 billion for the U.S. Census Bureau to begin the ramp up for the completion of the 2020 Census. 

• $1 billion for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which helps provide technical resources to promote the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers and aspiring start-ups.  It includes $146 million for NIST’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) to help manufacturers accelerate development and adoption of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies for making new, globally competitive products.  Rhode Island’s Polaris will receive an increase of $100,000 under the terms of the agreement.  The bill provides $16 million for the new National Network of Manufacturing Institutes.

• $5.35 billion for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which includes funding for the National Weather Service, and investments in new and existing weather satellites that are essential to maintain and improve weather forecasts.  The bill also provides $40 million for NOAA Construction, which will assist in building new facilities for multiple NOAA research ships at Naval Station Newport.

• $77 million for Coastal Management Grants that support CRMC; $74 million for Sea Grant; $57.1 million for Habitat Restoration; $42 million for Ocean Exploration; $35 million for Integrated Ocean Observing Systems; $32 million for NOAA ocean education programs; $13 million for Marine Aquaculture (under Sea Grant); and $15.25 million for NOAA aquaculture.

• $518 million in dedicated DOJ grant program funding to fight substance abuse, including opioids, and drug trafficking.

• $425 million in new funding for election security to be distributed in grants to states.  Rhode Island is projected to receive over $3 million in federal funding from this provision.

• $333 million for the Economic Development Administration (EDA).

• $78.3 million for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Initiative.

• $43.5 million for DHS to assist state and local governments in enhancing security and providing resilience for elections.

• $13 million for Trade Adjustment Assistance. 

Defense: $695.1 Billion

Senator Reed is a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, and the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who, along with Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK), helped finalize and pass the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The appropriations minibus provides $622.6 billion in base Department of Defense funding, $70.6 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding, and $1.8 billion in emergency funding to repair damages at military bases caused by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019.

• Fully funds a 3.1 percent pay raise for military personnel as authorized by the Fiscal Year 2020 NDAA.

• $253.3 billion in funding for operation and maintenance accounts to improve full spectrum warfighter readiness.  This funding level makes significant investments in training, maintenance, and modernization.

• $105.3 billion for research and development, an increase of $9.2 billion over last year’s military R&D spending.

• $34.4 billion for the Defense Health Program, which provides medical services for military personnel and their families, continues advancements in medical research, and implements the next generation of electronic health records.

• $8.3 billion for the Virginia-class submarine program, which supports the nine boat, multi-year contract that the Navy and Electric Boat signed earlier this month; $2.25 billion to fully fund the Columbia-class (Ohio-class Replacement) Program, including an additional $123 million to support submarine industrial base expansion; and $8 million to support submarine industrial base workforce training and education initiatives.  This funding could help the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) continue its partnership with area schools, Electric Boat, and other employers to train the next generation of employees in the highly-skilled trades needed for submarine construction.

• $1.3 billion for the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account to modernize our reserve forces and ensure full interoperability with the active duty force.

Some highlights of the bill that support the defense industry and service members in Rhode Island include:

-           $275.93 million for the DDG-1000 program;

-           $260.54 million in next generation combat vehicle advanced technology, to include $4 million for to develop additive manufacturing techniques for combat vehicle components;

-           $130.9 million for the Air Force’s Manufacturing Technology Program, to include $9.8 million to continue the development of improved battery technology for the F-35;

-           $98.1 million in undersea warfare applied research, to include $10 million to continue research partnerships between the Navy and academia to accelerate submarine technology;

-           $64.4 million, an increase of $30 million above the budget request, for Defense Production Act purchases to support domestically manufactured military fabrics and kit components;

-           $50.1 million for the Civil Air Patrol, which is $17.9 million above the budget request;

-           $50 million for Impact Aid for schools with military dependent students and $20 million for Impact Aid for children with severe disabilities.

-           $44.5 million for the Procurement Technical Assistance Program, an additional $19.5 million above the budget request;

-           $12 million for the Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCOR) that helps Rhode Island entities conduct science and engineering research;

-           $8 million to procure additional towed arrays, which bring much-needed detection and tracking capabilities for the Virginia-class submarine fleet.

Energy and Water Development: $48.3 billion

• $12.9 billion to support basic and applied scientific research to make America more competitive in clean energy and other high-technology endeavors.  This amount includes $425 million for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop next-generation, innovative energy technologies, rejecting the President’s proposal to eliminate the program.  The Office of Science is increased by $415 million for a total of $7 billion.

• $7.45 billion for environmental cleanup and management activities, $280 million above the fiscal year 2019 enacted level.

• $9.3 billion to improve the nation’s water infrastructure, which includes a record level of funding for the Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program at $7.65 billion, an increase of $651 million over fiscal year 2019.  Funding will support operation and maintenance of the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier and the Woonsocket Flood Control projects, as well as supporting maintenance activities in the Providence River.

• $5.86 billion for applied energy programs, $716 million more than fiscal year 2019. This funding supports research, development, demonstration, and deployment of an extensive range of clean energy technologies, including for nuclear and renewable energy applications that keep the United States at the forefront of energy innovation.

• $2.85 billion for Energy and Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs.  This includes $305 million for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and $62.5 million for the State Energy Program.  Senators Reed and Susan Collins (R-ME) led the bipartisan effort to increase investment in these programs.

• $2.16 billion, $215 million more than fiscal year 2019, for nonproliferation activities that reduce the threat of nuclear terrorism.

• $1.65 billion for Naval Reactors, including funding for the Ohio-class replacement submarine.

Financial Services and General Government: $23.98 billion

• $1.8 billion for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); $331 million for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC); $315 million for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC); $132.5 million for Consumer Product Safety Commission.  The bill maintains the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of Financial Research as independent funded agencies.

• $998 million for the Small Business Administration (SBA), a $283 million (40 percent) increase above the fiscal year 2019 enacted level. Within this increase, $99 million is included for the 7(a) loan guarantee subsidy to ensure the program will continue to support small businesses and lenders.

• $425 million for Election Security grants, none of which were requested by the President.  This funding will build upon funding provided in fiscal year 2018 to continue to help states upgrade election technology, improve cybersecurity, and prevent future cyberattacks.  Rhode Island is projected to receive over $3 million from this funding to help the state secure election equipment, defend voting systems from cyberattacks, and otherwise improve election security.

• $425 million for the Office of National Drug Control Policy to help reduce drug trafficking and drug use.

• $262 million for the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI) to leverage private sector investment in community development projects like affordable housing, retail development, and lending to small businesses, filling some of the gap left by private sector investment after the financial crisis. 

• $20 million for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) Fund.

• $19 million for State Trade Expansion Program (STEP).

Homeland Security: $50.47 billion

• $22.3 billion for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), including $17.8 billion for disaster response and recovery efforts; and $2.9 billion for state and local grants, including:

-           $710 million for firefighter grant programs, of which $355 million is for firefighter equipment grants (AFG) and $355 million is for firefighter hiring and retention (SAFER) grants;
-           $560 million for the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP);

-           $355 million for the Emergency Management Performance Grants;

-           $125 million for the Emergency Food and Shelter program;

-           $100 million for Public Transportation Security Grants, of which $10 million is for Amtrak;

-           $100 million for Port Security Grants;

-           $10 million for Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grants;

-           $10 million for Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams

• $12 billion for the U.S. Coast Guard to improve readiness, modernize vessels and aircraft, and enhance the quality of life for our service members.

• $7.8 billion for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  The bill includes $40 million to reimburse T.F. Green and other airports for baggage screening systems and security improvements.  As a result of Senator Reed’s efforts, T.F. Green is expected to receive a $5.5 million reimbursement this year.

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies: $35.98 billion

Senator Reed is a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies and a former Chairman of the panel.

• $13.1 billion for the U.S. Department of the Interior.  Included in this funding are expenses for the National Park Service ($3.37 billion, which includes about $1 million to continue establishing the Blackstone River Valley National Historic Park); the Fish and Wildlife Service ($1.6 billion); and the Bureau of Land Management ($1.3 billion).  The Forest Service is funded at $6 billion.

• $9.06 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The bill rejects the Trump Administration’s proposals to cut research by 34 percent, grants by 33 percent, and regulatory and enforcement programs by 29 percent, as well as the elimination of several programs, including Environmental Education, radon risk reduction, and lead paint risk reduction programs.

Included in the funding for EPA is steady support for the State Revolving Funds, including $1.13 billion for Drinking Water and $1.64 billion for Clean Water.  The Water Infrastructure Financing Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan program is increased to $60 million, which will support lending of more than $11 billion. The bill provides $26 million for lead contamination testing at schools and child care centers, $20 million for lead reduction projects in rural areas, and $25 million for water projects in communities working to improve Safe Drinking Water Act compliance. The bill also funds several recently authorized infrastructure grants for the first time in fiscal year 2020, including $28 million to address sewer overflow control requirements, $12 million to provide technical assistance for wastewater treatment operators, $3 million to support drinking water infrastructure resiliency, and $1 million for water system workforce training.

• $1.8 billion for Superfund and $89 million for Brownfields cleanups

• $510.2 million for EPA Geographic Programs, including a total of $5.4 million for Southern New England estuaries.

• $162.25 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and $162.25 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support arts and humanities programs.

• $495 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), with more than 50 percent directed to state and local recreation and conservation.  These funds will help ensure that public land is protected and available for recreation.

• $502 million for the National Wildlife Refuge System, $2.8 million increase above fiscal year 2017.

• $9.2 million for the Beaches Protection grants program.

• $8.6 million for environmental education programs.

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee (Labor-H): $184.9 billion

Senator Reed is a member of the Senate Labor-H Subcommittee.

• $41.46 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  It provides an additional $350 million for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias research, $2.818 billion in all.  It also includes increases of $71 million for the BRAIN Initiative, $50 million for research to combat antimicrobial resistance, and $30 million in new targeted funding for the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act.

• $22.5 billion for Pell Grants to increase the maximum award at $6,345 for the 2019-2020 school year.

• $3.7 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a $50 million increase.  This builds upon the $250 million increase in fiscal year over last year.  The President’s budget proposed eliminating LIHEAP.  Senator Reed and Senator Collins (R-ME) led the bipartisan effort to secure this funding.  Rhode Island recently received $21.6 million in federal LIHEAP funds to help families and seniors keep warm this winter.

• $16.3 billion for Title I funding to help schools meet high academic achievement standards.  Roughly 90 percent of the nation’s school districts receive Title I funding.

• $10.6  billion for Head Start, $550 million more than fiscal year 2019.  The increase includes $250 million for quality improvements to help programs better respond to local needs and fund staff training for trauma-informed care and identification of families struggling with addiction and hardship.

• $8.3 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a 15 percent increase over the previous year.  This includes $350 million to increase efforts to combat prescription drug overdose abuse with evidence-based activities, as well as increases for core public health work such as tobacco control, chronic disease prevention, and flu response.

• $5.8 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), $550 million more than fiscal year 2019.  The additional funding will mean as many as 44,000 more children served by the program in FY 2020.  The increase will also help states continue to improve the quality and affordability of local child care programs, as well as to expand access so that more parents can go to work knowing their children are safe and learning the skills they need to succeed later in life.

• $5.9 billion for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

• $5.4 billion for Community Health Centers (CHCs) to provide comprehensive, quality health care services to medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations.

• $3.8 billion within HHS to combat opioids, and additional funds in the Department of Justice, to address opioid addiction nationwide, including: $1.5 billion to states to address the opioid epidemic and mental health; $476 million for opioid overdose surveillance and prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); $90 million to address the needs of children affected by the opioid crisis; and $100 million to help affected rural communities.

• $2.8 billion for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Grants to states to provide job training skills and assistance to low-skilled adults, dislocated workers, and low-income youth with barriers to employment.

• $252 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, an increase of $10 million above the 2019 enacted level.  The President’s budget request proposed eliminating IMLS, but Senator Reed led the effort to save it and increase funding for libraries and museums.  As a result of a key provision in Senator Reed’s bipartisan Museum and Library Services Act, signed into law last year, Rhode Island libraries will see an increase in federal funding from these grants.

• $1.74 billion for Job Corps to help young Americans receive education, job training, and employment assistance.

• $1.46 billion to help low-income and first generation college students plan, prepare for, and succeed in college through the TRIO ($1.1 billion) and GEAR UP ($365 million) programs.

• $1.2 billion for Federal Work Study and $865 million for Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants to help needy students pay for college.

• $1.1 billion for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to help more than five million Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through its core programs to strengthen communities and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.  This includes $221 million for Senior Corps programs.

• $1.2 billion for Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, a $40 million increase to support well-rounded education opportunities.  Last year, Rhode Island received $5.6 million from the program and should see additional resources in the coming year as a result of this significant increase in funding for the overall program.

• $340 million for Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME).

• $192 million for Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grants.  In Fiscal Year 2019, Rhode Island received $2.2 million through this program.

• $175 million for an Apprenticeship Grant program, which will support competitive grants to states to increase their capacity to register and oversee apprenticeship programs.

• $95 million for YouthBuild, which helps young people get a second chance at earning their high school diploma while learning valuable occupational and life management skills.

• $657 million for Adult Education State Grants. Last year, Rhode Island received nearly $2 million under this program.

• $50 million for the Teacher Quality Partnership Grant program to continue this partnership program between colleges of education and high need school districts.

• $27 million for Innovative Approaches to Literacy, Senator Reed’s initiative to support school libraries and literacy programs that ensure that children have access to books in the home.

• $35 million for the Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), doubling the program over the previous year.

• $10 million for Statewide Family Engagement Centers to support parental involvement in education.  This program was part of Senator Reed’s Family Engagement in Education Act that was included in the Every Student Succeed Act.

• $7 million for continued support of the Open Textbooks pilot to help make college text books more affordable for students.

Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MilCon-VA): $92.2 billion for Veterans programs and agencies and $17.5 billion for military construction programs

Senator Reed is a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies.

• $80.2 billion for VA medical care, including $8.9 billion to implement the VA Mission Act and $9.4 billion for mental health programs, including $221.8 million for suicide prevention outreach.

• $15.2 billion for Community Care.

• $6.1 billion for Medical Facilities.

• $1.8 billion for Homelessness Programs, which includes $380 million for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, $408 million for the Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program case management, and $250 million for the Grant and Per Diem Program.

• $1.5 billion to continue implementation of the VA electronic health record system.

• $1.3 billion to fund construction, operation, and maintenance of military family housing for fiscal year 2020.  This includes an increase of $140.8 million above the President’s budget request for the Military Services to increase staffing to improve responsiveness and oversight for privatized housing programs, for a total of $204 million. This will allow the services to hire more personnel to manage the privatized housing programs on military bases and track current and future issues that may affect military families.

• $800 million for VA Medical & Prosthetic Research.

• $585 million for gender-specific care for women.

• $402 million for Opioid Prevention and Treatment programs at VA.

• $221.8 million for suicide prevention outreach to veterans.

• $11.6 million for new Fuel Storage Complex at Quonset Airport.  Quonset State Airport is a joint-use civil-military facility that serves general aviation civilian users and is a base of operations for the Rhode Island Air National Guard’s 143rd Airlift Wing and the Rhode Island Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment.  This project will repair and modernize the 143rd Airlift Wing’s existing fuel storage complex and ensure that it is functionally configured, environmentally compliant, and reliable to refuel the fleet of C-130 aircraft.  Most of the existing equipment and buildings in the fuels storage complex were built in 1982 and have exceeded typical life expectancy.  Both maintenance costs and man-hours to complete the mission have increased over time and replacement parts are difficult to obtain.  This project will also provide a temporary truck fueling area to maintain fuel issue and receipt capabilities during construction of the new facility.

State Department Operations and Related Agencies: $54.79 billion

• $16.6 billion for State Department Operations, which is $261 million above the fiscal year 2019 enacted level and $2.9 billion above the President’s budget request.

• $3.43 billion for the Migration and Refugee Assistance account.

• $4.39 billion for the International Disaster Assistance account.

• $3.3 billion in assistance for Israel in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

• $2.4 billion for Democracy Programs.

• $851 million for Maternal and Child Health Programs.

• $770 million to Combat Malaria.

• $731 million for Educational and Cultural Exchanges.

• $520 million for Central America to address root causes of migration.

• $410.5 million for the Peace Corps.

• $301 million for the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation.

• $300 million for Countering Chinese Influence Fund.

• $300 million for National Endowment for Democracy.

• $290 million for Countering Russian Influence Fund.

• $108 million for Programs to Combat Trafficking in Persons and Modern Slavery.

• $101 million for Countering Wildlife Trafficking.

• $165 million to Combat Gender-Based Violence.

• $61 million for Polio Eradication Efforts.

• $1.5 million for democracy programs for Hong Kong.

• 4,000 Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans and their families.

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD): $74.27 billion

Senator Reed is the Ranking Member of the THUD Subcommittee.

For details on Senator Reed’s work on the THUD bill, click here.