Quigley Priorities for Illinois Included in Funding Package
The U.S. House of Representatives this week passed H.R. 7608 – the fiscal year 2021 State-Foreign Operations, Agriculture, Interior-Environment, and Military Construction-VA appropriations bills – which included initiatives championed by Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05). As a member of the House Committee on Appropriations and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial Services & General Government (FSGG), Quigley fought to maintain our influence around the world and for the inclusion of strong support for families during this economic crisis.
“House Democrats on the Appropriations Committee have come together during this unprecedented time to deliver a series of funding bills that prioritize rebuilding our nation and strengthening our communities,” said Quigley. “This first funding package takes crucial steps to care for our veterans, support our allies abroad, and set up Chicago for a robust recovery from this pandemic.”
“At a time when too many American families are struggling to keep food on their tables, I was proud to successfully fight for nutrition assistance funding to support Chicagoans and people around the country,” continued Quigley. “I am also proud that this package includes robust funding to protect our environment and strengthen our resilience to the growing threat of climate change.”
Despite the Trump administration’s efforts to cut funding for State and Foreign Ops, the minibus takes important steps to maintain and promote our nation’s influence around the world. Quigley worked with his colleagues on the Friends of Ireland Caucus to double the amount of funding provided to support peace-keeping programs in Northern Ireland and, as Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Ukraine Caucus, he helped secure more than $445 million for bilateral assistance to Ukraine.
H.R. 7608 also supports our veterans by including $90 billion for VA medical care, including $313 million for suicide prevention outreach, $1.9 billion for homelessness assistance programs, and $661 million specifically for gender-specific care services for women.
Additionally, Quigley and his colleagues secured:
- $13 million for monitoring, assessments, and research of fisheries in the Great Lakes Basin;
- $68.277 billion for SNAP and $5.75 billion for WIC;
- $3.22 billion for the National Park Service an increase of $55 million above the current funding level;
- More than $25 billion for child nutrition programs;
- The reversal of the President’s Global Gag Rule; and
- The restoration of funds for the World Health Organization.