Congressman Lowenthal Applauds Passage Of Major Federal Funding Package

July 31, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), today, voted to pass a bipartisan $1.3 trillion package of spending bills for the 2021 fiscal year that brings critical funds to the 47th District. The package included the annual Defense spending bill, as well as Labor-Health and Human Services-Education; Commerce-Justice-Science; Energy and Water; Financial Services and General Government; and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development measures.

“I was proud to support the passage of this package that invests in education and job training, addresses police reform, expands access to safe and affordable housing, improves our infrastructure and supports our service members and their families,” Congressman Lowenthal said. “While there were certainly things I would have liked to see included that weren’t, this package includes many items that not only benefit the 47th District, but supports my values and priorities. Today’s bill provides much-needed funding and protections, while also rejecting the Trump Administration’s proposals to eliminate critical programs, illegally reallocate funding for a border wall, and continue attacks on the Affordable Care Act.”

The package includes the following priorities championed and supported by Congressman Lowenthal:

  • Increase of $21.1 billion for transportation, including $300 million for port infrastructure that I advocated for.
  • Key transparency language I pushed for to make sure that federal funds go to the most urgent infrastructure projects.
  • $26 billion in emergency funds to help our transportation system through the coronavirus pandemic.
  • $50.6 billion to Housing and Urban Development programs, including Section 8 housing vouchers.
  • Rejects the Trump Administration’s proposal to eliminate Community Development Block Grants, key funds to support local anti-poverty efforts.
  • Provides $50 million, an increase of $25 million above FY20, for firearm injury and mortality prevention research at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  and National Institues of Health.
  • Provides $1.65 billion for Community Health Centers, $25 million above FY 20, including $10 million to support school-based health centers
  • Provides $67 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Program, to address racial health disparities
  • Provides $24.6 billion for federal student aid programs, an increase of $45 million above the FY20.
  • Provides $1.76 billion for the Job Corps program to assist opportunity or at-risk youth gain necessary employment and work skills.
  • Provides increases for National Guard Youth Challenge ($210m) and Starbase (+$41.1 million) programs.
  • Repeals the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force 240 days after the date of the enactment of this Act and the Repeals the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  • Prohibits funds from being used in contravention of the War Powers Resolution, and prohibits funds being spent to attack Iran without authorization.
  • Limit the transfer of Department of Defense personal property, including firearms, to state and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Prohibit the use of funds to construct a wall or related security infrastructure along the Southern U.S. border.
  • Directs the Defense Department to report to Congress on Russian activities targeting U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan and potential U.S. countermeasures.
  • An amendment to support enhancing the small satellite mission launch services boosting our local aerospace industry.
  • Blocks the administration from pushing forward the proposed Pebble Mine project in Alaska.