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Garamendi Votes to Fund Government for Fiscal Year 2020

December 17, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) voted for two bipartisan appropriations bills to fund the federal government through the 2020 fiscal year. The $1.4 trillion spending deal funds nearly aspect of the federal government and includes $25 million in long-sought funding for critical research into gun violence at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. The legislation is expected to be signed into law later this week.

“I’m pleased that the House has passed this bipartisan appropriations package to fund our government for the next fiscal year,” Garamendi said. “This bill provides:

  • $41.7 billion for medical research at the NIH, a 7% increase over current funding that could support the critical research at UC Davis
  • $134 million for western water storage projects, including $6 million for Sites Reservoir
  • $640 million to strengthen rural broadband
  • $80 billion for VA medical care—including funding to provide veteran homelessness assistance and suicide prevention
  • $25.8 million for California to strengthen investments in housing through CDBG and HOME
  • $425 million for election security grants
  • Extends the National Flood Insurance Program through the next fiscal year—Congressman Garamendi introduced the Flood Insurance for Farmers Act earlier this year
  • $15 million for the National Levee Safety Program, a three-fold funding increase and the first such increase since the program was authorized by Congress in 2014
  • $181.2 million for Travis and Beale Air Force Bases, including $107.1 million for Travis AFB and $74.1 million for Beale AFB
  • Provides $25 million for crucial research into gun violence research for the first time in more than two decades.”

“While these appropriations bills are a bipartisan compromise, there are still issues we need to address next year. Just this year, the President raided $6.1 billion from critical military construction projects across the United States to pay for his border wall. We must restore Congress’ power of the purse to ensure future funding for military construction projects are protected pursuant to the Constitution,” Garamendi continued.

“I’m grateful for the work Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey and others contributed to finalize this strong appropriations package. I’m pleased that this legislation has passed the House and is expected to become law,” Garamendi concluded.

An overview of the National Security Appropriations Minibus (H.R. 1158) is available here.

An overview of the Domestic Priorities and International Assistance Appropriations Minibus (H.R. 1865) is available here.