House Passes Second ‘Minibus’ Spending Bill Benefiting Maryland Projects
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today voted in support of a six-bill “minibus” appropriations package that makes critical investments in Maryland’s military and Chesapeake Bay-focused economies. H.R. 7617 – which combines the fiscal year 2021 funding bills for a wide range of federal departments and agencies including Defense, Justice, Commerce, Transportation, Education, Housing, Health and Energy – passed the U.S. House of Representatives and now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration.
The bill provides a 3 percent pay raise for troops, funds key police reforms, makes infrastructure investments and authorizes emergency spending on COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutic drugs.
“As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, it is my job to ensure we are prioritizing needs over wants, especially as we continue to confront the coronavirus pandemic, support our economic recovery and prepare for another outbreak,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “I am proud to help the House pass strategic funding bills that will help Maryland, our communities and our country weather this storm.”
Congressman Ruppersberger leveraged his role as an Appropriator to help fund Maryland’s priorities, successfully securing $230 million for projects supporting Maryland’s military-focused economy in the Defense bill. He championed another $80 million to protect Maryland’s environment and keep commerce moving through the Chesapeake Bay and Baltimore Harbor. In the Commerce, Justice and Science funding bill, Congressman Ruppersberger advocated for funding to help state and local law enforcement, including the Baltimore City Police Department, comply with federal consent decrees. The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development bill provides more than $516.6 million for highway, affordable housing and community development projects in Maryland alone, plus funding for additional priority road, rail and port projects across the state.
There are 12 annual Appropriations bills that must pass Congress each year, four of which were passed by the House last week.