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Ruppersberger, Fellow Appropriators Pass Bill Funding Critical Education, Healthcare and Workforce Training Programs

May 8, 2019
Press Release
Appropriations Committee completes first full committee markup of the fiscal 2020 budget process
(Washington, DC) – In their first full committee markup of the fiscal 2020 budget process, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and his colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee today passed a bill funding critical programs that impact Americans throughout their lifespan, from Early Head Start to Social Security. The committee marked up the $190 billion Labor-Health and Human Services–Education bill, providing $11.8 billion over 2019 spending levels and $47.8 billion over President Trump’s request.
The bill funds lifesaving medical research, opioid abuse treatment and prevention, early childhood education, student debt relief and job training. And, for the first time in more than 20 years, the bill includes $50 million to study the gun epidemic at the Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health, a provision long opposed by gun advocates to discourage scientific links between public policy and safety. 
“With this bill, we are turning the page on reckless government shutdowns and political games, and getting back to our responsibility of passing responsible funding bills,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “Budgeting is a science of priorities, and I am proud that this bill includes common sense investments in many of my priorities and that of my constituents. This is a bill that touches every American family.”
The bill now moves from the Appropriations Committee to consideration by the full U.S. House of Representatives. The committee adopted dozens of Congressman Ruppersberger’s funding requests, such as:
  • $2 billion increase overall for the National Institutes of Health, headquartered in Maryland.
  • $25 million increase in diabetes prevention and research.
  • $52 million increase in Alzheimer’s research.
  • $115 million increase for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, including $35 million more for the Mental Health Block Grant program.
  • $1.5 billion increase in Head Start & Early Head Start.
  • $4 million increase for Special Olympics.