Sarbanes Secures Significant Federal Funding for Maryland Priorities in House Appropriations Bills

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) this week voted to pass nine federal funding bills that will support several important Maryland priorities, including modernizing American infrastructure, protecting the health of the Chesapeake Bay, investing in clean energy and science initiatives to combat the climate crisis, expanding opportunities for students, creating good paying jobs and supporting small businesses, strengthening food security and nutrition programs for American families, enhancing health care services for veterans and improving housing for military families and promoting security and democracy.

The funding bills include a domestic assistance minibus (H.R. 4502) as well as Legislative Branch and State-Foreign Operations Appropriations (H.R. 4346 and H.R. 4373).

“These funding bills will make historic investments in education, health care, worker protections and the environment in Maryland and across the country,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “Especially as we work to get to the other side of the pandemic, I will continue working tirelessly to deliver beneficial federal resources for hardworking Maryland families and support efforts to bolster jobs and opportunity for all Americans.”

Key Maryland priorities in H.R. 4502, H.R. 4346 and H.R. 4373 include:

  • Over $7 million in directed Community Project Funding for projects in Maryland’s Third Congressional District to support job training, public safety, community revitalization, public health and environmental restoration;
  • Record funding for the Chesapeake Bay – an effort led by Congressman Sarbanes – including $90.5 million for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program, $3 million for the Chesapeake Bay Gateways program, and funding for Bay and habitat restoration work throughout the watershed;
  • Federal funding to clean up drinking water contaminants, such as PFAS and lead, in communities across the country;
  • Investments to address pressing health crises, made worse by the pandemic, including maternal and child health, mental health services and substance use treatment;
  • $50 million for School Based Health Centers (SBHCs) – a record level of funding, and an effort led by Congressman Sarbanes – to establish new SBHCs and expand services at existing centers, recognizing the critical role of SBHCs as part of our nation’s health care safety net and a key resource in providing primary health care, mental health services and preventive care for children and adolescents;
  • Support for the National Health Care Workforce Commission, which was established by a provision that Congressman Sarbanes authored in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and will evaluate the needs of America’s health care workforce and recommend solutions to bolster workforce training and improve the delivery of care;
  • Assistance for job training and apprenticeship programs with $11.6 billion for the Employment and Training Administration, including $285 million for Registered Apprenticeships;
  • Significant funding to build resiliency, reduce emissions and create good paying jobs through targeted grants and investments in our crumbling infrastructure;
  • Record funding for Head Start, Child Care & Development Block Grants and Title I schools;
  • Safeguards for student borrowers seeking forgiveness through the Temporary Expansion Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF) Program;
  • Expansion of nutrition programs to tackle hunger and help families put food on the table;
  • Combat the global climate crisis by providing more than $3 billion to multilateral efforts;
  • Strengthen public health by rebuilding global public health infrastructure to both support the health of local communities and prevent future pandemics;
  • Support for our servicemembers, veterans, and their families by investing in veteran health services and critical facilities on military installations, including family housing and child development centers; and
  • $500 million for Election Security Grants to help states protect elections and a $5.8 million increase for the Election Assistance Commission – key election security efforts that Congressman Sarbanes, as Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, has led in the U.S. House of Representatives.

See below for more information about each of the funding bills: