Congressman Lowenthal Statement on Passage of Omnibus Federal Funding Bill

May 3, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today issued the following statement on the passage by the House of Representatives of the FY17 Omnibus Appropriations federal funding bill:

"I was proud to vote yes on the Omnibus. This bill was a refreshing bipartisan change. With all of the acrimony in Congress, it is nice to see legislation where everyone feels like they were able to achieve something. The negotiations provided California and especially the 47th District with numerous victories. It included funds for the Joint Forces Training Base as well as $30 million for the Starbase STEM education program for 5th graders hosted at the base. We were able to secure funds for the Port of Long Beach, for summer Pell Grants, $3 billion for Community Development Block Grants, and funding for the Caltrain. It's a long list. The good news is that many really bad elements were kept out.  Did we get everything we wanted? Definitely not. But that is how a bipartisan bill works. I am just very proud of what we were able to achieve for California and the 47th District." 

Highlights of the bill:

Division C—Defense

  • Starbase program funded at $30 Million  (Congressman Lowenthal led this effort)
  • Facilities Sustainment, Restoration, and Modernization program was funded (Congressman Lowenthal led this effort)

Division D—Energy and Water

  • Army Corps of Engineers Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund projects funded at $1.3 billion (Congressman Lowenthal led this effort)

Division G--Interior and EPA

  • Bureau of Land Management Foundation Act is included (Congressman Lowenthal led this effort)
  • Multinational Species Conservation Fund—$11.1 Million (Congressman Lowenthal led this effort)
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service International Affairs—$15.8 Million (Congressman Lowenthal led this effort)

Division F –Department of Homeland Security

  • Port Security Grant Program funded at $100 million (Congressman Lowenthal led this effort)

Division H – Labor, HHS, Education

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) –funded at $34.1 billion, $2 billion increase from last year
  • Reinstates Summer Pell Grants
  • $68.8 million for Impact Aid, Federal Properties

Division L—Transportation and HUD

  • $3 billion for Community Development Block Grants
  • $500 million for TIGER grants
  • Funds for all existing full funding grant agreements (FFGA) in the Capital Investment Grant pipeline—includes Caltrain

Division J – State, Foreign Operations

  • Cambodia human rights funds  (Congressman Lowenthal requested similar language)
    • Withholding of 25 percent of certain funds until Secretary of State certifies ceasing of harassment of civil society and the political opposition in Cambodia, and establishes conditions for holding free and fair elections in Cambodia in 2017 and 2018, etc.

Other Areas

  • Health Care for Mine Workers permanent extension
  • Puerto Rico Medicaid increased by $296 Million
  • Title X family planning program flat-funded at $286 Million