Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today helped secure millions more federal dollars for Maryland by passing H.R. 3055, an appropriations bill that would help communities tackle the opioid crisis, improve affordable housing, invest in highways, airports, bridges, railways and seaports, enhance public safety, help hardworking families put food on the table, provide veterans with the care, respect and services they deserve, ensure clean air and clean water, protect public lands and fund climate research.
“Today, I proudly joined my House Democratic colleagues by continuing to deliver critical resources to communities in Maryland and across the country,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “This second appropriations bill will provide Maryland with a record amount of funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program, $11.5 million to support affordable housing projects and anti-poverty programs, $28.8 million for highway and transit projects in our state, increased funding for substance abuse treatment and other efforts to help turn the tide of the opioid crisis, more support for our veterans, a boost to child and family nutrition programs, enhanced resources to clean our air and our water, and many other important priorities for our state.”
See below for key highlights of H.R. 3055.
- Appropriates $512 million – a $44 million increase – for initiatives that address the opioid epidemic, including:
- $167 million to assist state and local governments in fight opioid crisis;
- $100 million for youth mentoring grants;
- $83 million for Drug Courts;
- $35 million for Mentally Ill Offender programs;
- $33 million for residential substance abuse treatment;
- $30 million for prescription drug monitoring;
- $28 million for veterans’ treatment courts; and
- $10 million for Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD).
- Appropriates $94.3 billion for VA programs – $7.7 billion more than current levels.
- Allocates $80.4 billion for VA medical care, including:
- $9.5 billion for mental health care services;
- $1.9 billion for homelessness assistance initiatives;
- $584 million for gender-specific care services for women;
- $397 million for opioid abuse recovery and prevention;
- $270 million for rural VA health initiatives; and
- $222 million for suicide prevention outreach.
- Provides $40 million for Supportive Housing for Homeless Veterans and $5 million for Supportive Housing for Homeless Native American Veterans – two programs that the Trump Administration proposed to eliminate.
- Invests more than $11.5 million in Maryland Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs, which support affordable housing projects, infrastructure development and anti-poverty programs.
- Provides $23.8 billion – an increase of $1.2 billion – for low-income housing vouchers.
- Allocates $1.5 billion for military family housing, an increase of $140.8 million.
- Appropriates $803 million for Housing for the Elderly, an increase of $125 million, including more than $140 million for new construction of affordable senior housing.
- Extends $259 million for Housing for Persons with Disabilities, an increase of $74 million, including $96.5 million for new construction of affordable housing for individuals with disabilities.
- Blocks the Trump Administration from repealing the Equal Access Rule, which protects LGBTQ individuals when they use housing services.
- Invests nearly $28.8 million in Maryland highway and transit projects.
- Appropriates $1 billion for National Infrastructure Investments, including Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants and Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) transportation grants. These programs provide grants to state and local governments, transit agencies, port authorities and other entities to improve the nation’s transportation infrastructure.
- Allocates $1.6 billion for aviation safety, an increase of $267 million.
- Extends $500 million for Airport Improvement Grants.
- Directs $350 million – an increase of $95 million – for Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements.
- Allocates $400 million for water resources projects across the U.S.
- Provides $186.5 million – an increase of $27.5 million – for climate research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
- Doubles funding for NOAA’s Title IX National Oceans and Coastal Security Fund to support natural infrastructure solutions that help protect coastal areas threatened by rising sea levels and other harmful impacts of climate change.
- Increases funding for NOAA’s Coastal Zone Management grants to $81 million.
- Enhances the National Weather Service’s ability to accurately forecast extreme weather events.
Food and Nutrition
- Fully funds the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), including $90 million for the breastfeeding peer counselor program.
- Appropriates funding for free and reduced-price school lunch and snacks, along with funding for Summer Food Service, which helps low-income children to continue receiving meal assistance when school is out for the summer.
- Allocates $3.26 billion – an increase of $185 million – for the Food and Drug Administration. Some of the funding includes targeted increases for medical product and food safety initiatives, blood supply safety, continued efforts to advance generic drug reviews and increase medical product manufacturing in the United States.
Clean Water and Clean Air
- Provides record-level funding for EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program – an effort led by Congressman Sarbanes – to support Bay restoration efforts in Maryland and across the watershed.
- Directs 1.8 billion – an increase of $90 million – to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and requires at least ten percent of funds be used for green infrastructure or energy efficiency projects.
- Appropriates $1.3 billion – an increase of $136 million – for the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. These funds can also be used to finance green infrastructure or energy efficiency projects.
- Provides $1.45 billion for rural water and waste program loans, and more than $655 million in grants to ensure clean and reliable drinking water systems and sanitary waste disposal systems.
- Sets aside more than $70 million to clean up drinking water contaminants like lead, nitrates and other health hazards.
- Supports Clean Air and Climate research and regulatory programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), providing states with $740 million – an increase of $25.6 million.
- Allocates $1.21 billion – an increase of $55 million – to clean up Superfund sites.
Conservation and Public Lands
- Rejects the elimination of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Program and increases funding, as requested by Congressman Sarbanes.
- Provides $3.39 billion for the National Park Service (NPS), an increase of $168 million. This includes $122 million for the Historic Preservation Fund for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, Save America’s Treasure grants, civil rights site preservation grants and funds for HBCUs. It also includes funding to support 500 new staff at National Parks across the country.
- Directs $523.9 million for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
- Provides full funding for the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
- Extends $80 million in grants – an increase of $5 million – to help states improve their records used in gun background checks.
- Allocates $125 million to improve school safety and $100 million for youth mentoring grants.
- Directs $582.5 million for Violence Against Women Act programs, an increase of $85 million.
- Provides $530.25 million – an increase of $106.75 million – to help local communities fight crime and improve safety.
Science and Innovation
- Directs more than $22 billion for NASA to support earth and space research and help inspire and train America’s future STEM workforce.
- Appropriates $7.1 billion – a $586.3 million increase – for National Science Foundation (NSF) grants that foster innovation and American economic competitiveness by funding research on advanced manufacturing, physics, mathematics, cybersecurity, neuroscience and STEM education.
- Allocates $8.45 billion for the Census Bureau to conduct a thorough and accurate 2020 Decennial Census that counts all persons, as required by the Constitution.