Ruppersberger Issues Statement on FY15 “Cromnibus”
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger issued the following statement on the 2015 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, known as the “cromnibus,” which passed last night in a vote of 219 to 206.
“Last night, the House of Representatives finally came together and passed bipartisan legislation that will keep most of the federal government funded until September 2015 and prevent another government shutdown. As with previous omnibus bills, I would describe this legislation as an imperfect but fair and necessary compromise.
I am particularly disappointed that the bill will not fund homeland security agencies beyond February, which is the result of partisan bickering over immigration policy. I also remain strongly opposed to a provision that will affect multiemployer pensions and changes to Dodd-Frank consumer protections. I hope we can revisit these issues down the road.
I am pleased that the bill contains a small cost-of-living increase for federal workers as well as funding to address the Veterans Affairs backlog, which is particularly egregious in Baltimore. I also support substantial funding to research replacement limbs for wounded warriors and reconstructive face transplants, a procedure that was pioneered, in part, at University of Maryland Shock Trauma.
Other highlights beneficial to Maryland and the Second District include:
- $ 38.8 million for Port of Baltimore dredging activities, including funding for the Poplar Island project.
- $5 million for oyster restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay.
- $30.1 billion for the National Institute of Health, supporting jobs for more than 23,000 Marylanders.
- Language that prioritizes improvements to access roads at military installations, including Fort Meade.