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House Passes “Minibus” Spending Bill with Key Investments for Maryland

Jul 29, 2021
Press Release
Ruppersberger is a Member of the House Appropriations Committee

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today voted in support of a seven-bill “minibus” appropriations package that makes critical investments in the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland’s military facilities, local veterans and children. H.R. 4502 – which combines the appropriations bills for federal departments and agencies including Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Agriculture, Interior, Environment, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Energy and Water Development, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development – passed the U.S. House of Representatives in a 219 to 208 vote and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

The bill provides a total $602.9 billion in spending for fiscal year 2022, with historic investments in domestic priorities such as job training, public education and veterans healthcare.

A member of the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Ruppersberger fought to fund Maryland’s priorities, successfully securing $90.5 million for the Chesapeake Bay Program for the second consecutive year. He championed another $558 million for projects at Maryland military facilities, such as improvements to deteriorating barracks at Fort Meade. In the transportation bill, Congressman Ruppersberger secured millions for Maryland’s roads, rails and waterways, including the Port of Baltimore and its channels.

“Appropriators are stewards of the American tax dollar and it’s our responsibility to prioritize needs over wants,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “This bill makes targeted investments that will create jobs, plan for future pandemics and ensure our veterans get the care they need and deserve. I am proud to have secured resources for Marylanders – from aviators in Ocean City to conflict mediators on the streets of Baltimore – that protect lives and livelihoods.”

The bill contains funding for specific community projects at Congressman Ruppersberger’s request, including:

  • $875,000 to expand a health “clinic on wheels” operated by MedStar Harbor Hospital that serves communities in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County;
  • $525,000 for substance abuse treatment and research at the Harford County-based Ashley Addiction Treatment Center;
  • $750,000 to expand the Safe Streets program in Baltimore’s McElderry Park and Belair-Edison neighborhoods operated by the Living Classrooms Foundation;
  • $2.3 million to upgrade Internet connectivity at Baltimore City senior centers and offer telemedicine services at three locations.

There are 12 appropriations bills that must pass Congress each year. The House passed two – Legislative Branch as well as State and Foreign Operations – yesterday.