Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Fiscal Year 2014 Omnibus
Jan 15, 2014
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger issued the following statement on the Fiscal Year 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, known as the omnibus, which passed overwhelmingly today in a 359-67 vote.
“After a year of partisan bickering and inaction, members of the House of Representatives finally came together today and passed significant legislation that will keep our government funded through the end of the year. But this should be the norm – not the exception. Americans are demanding that we do the jobs we were elected to do.
Once again, I would describe the bill as imperfect, but I believe it is a fair compromise that will ultimately help create jobs and rebuild our economy. I strongly support this bill’s investments in education – specifically the Head Start program – as well as in infrastructure improvements, public safety programs and medical research that will benefit our wounded warriors. I am pleased the bill will shield federal workers from additional furloughs.
I am disappointed that this bill does not restore unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed, including 25,000 Marylanders whose benefits prematurely expired in December. I am proudly cosponsoring stand-alone legislation to resurrect the emergency unemployment compensation program for three months and am calling on House leadership to allow a vote on this critical issue immediately.”
The 2014 omnibus bill contains several provisions of particular interest to the Second District, including:
- $160M for the continued growth of the U.S. Cyber Command at Ft. Meade
- $5 million for oyster recovery efforts in the Chesapeake Bay
- $22 million to dredge Port of Baltimore shipping channels
- $4 million for an Air National Guard Cyber/ISR facility at Martin State Airport
- $210 million to replace the Public Health Command Lab at APG