House Passes “Minibus” Spending Bill with Key Investments for Maryland
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today voted in support of a four-bill “minibus” appropriations package that makes critical investments in the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland’s military facilities, local veterans and children. H.R. 7608 – which combines the State-Foreign Operations, Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA, Interior and Environment and the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bills – passed the U.S. House of Representatives and now heads to the Senate for consideration.
The bill provides a total $259.4 billion in spending for fiscal year 2021, including about $25 billion in emergency spending to fight the global coronavirus pandemic and repair the economy, plus $12.5 billion in emergency funding to address sharply-rising veterans’ healthcare costs.
A member of the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Ruppersberger fought to fund Maryland’s priorities, successfully securing a record $90.5 million for the Chesapeake Bay Program, which the Trump Administration has repeatedly sought to eliminate under previous budget requests. He championed another $500 million for Maryland’s military facilities, such as improvements to deteriorating family housing units. In the Agriculture bill, Congressman Ruppersberger advocated for more than $25 billion for child nutrition programs, including the summer food service program, which ensures hungry children can continue to access healthy meals as the pandemic surges and schools remain closed throughout the country.
“These are thoughtful funding bills that make smart, strategic investments as we continue to confront the coronavirus pandemic, support our economic recovery and prepare for another outbreak,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “As stewards of the American tax dollar, it is up to Appropriators to prioritize needs over wants. I am proud of my fellow Appropriators’ collaborative approach and thank them for recognizing the needs of Maryland and Maryland families.”
There are 12 annual Appropriations bills that must pass Congress each year. The House is expected to take up the remaining eight bills next week.