Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Passage of 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill
(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. House of Representatives Appropriator Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger issued the following statement on the Fiscal Year 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act, known as the omnibus, which passed today.
“After months of inaction and irresponsible threats of a government shutdown, I am pleased that the House of Representatives came together to keep our government funded through the end of the fiscal year. This should be the norm, not the exception. This is what we are elected to do every year.
Despite the President’s proposed budget cuts, this legislation makes strong investments in priority areas including medical research and the Chesapeake Bay. The bill includes a $2 billion increase for the Maryland-based National Institutes of Health and $73 million to maintain the Chesapeake Bay Program. It rightfully includes no money for a border “wall,” but instead invests in smarter and more efficient border security measures. It includes an additional $600 million to fight the opioid epidemic and restores access to year-round Pell Grants for college students.”
The bill must pass the Senate and be signed into law by the President. This omnibus serves as the funding vehicle for eleven different appropriations bills. It includes several items of particular importance to Congressman Ruppersberger and the Second District, including:
- $5 million increase for Chemical/Biological Defense (APG)
- Nearly $21 million to dredge and remove drift from the Baltimore Harbor and Channels
- Nearly $2 million for the Chesapeake Bay Comprehensive Plan
- $70 million to research orthopedic, traumatic and spinal cord injury