Quigley Statement on Passage of FY20 Government Funding Package
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services & General Government (FSGG), released the following statement after voting in support of H.R. 1865 and H.R. 1158, the fiscal year 2020 funding packages:
“House Democrats have secured a strong, bipartisan funding agreement that protects our nation and upholds American values.
“As Chairman of FSGG, I am particularly proud we secured $425 million for Election Security Grants, fulfilling one of my top priorities and ensuring that we are prepared for the fight to protect our upcoming elections. Since Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, it has been clear that we need to take significant steps to safeguard our election process. This funding will help state and local governments protect our democracy and guarantee that every American’s voice is heard.”
Quigley’s FSGG bill includes:
- A 3.1 percent pay increase for all federal civilian employees;
- $262 million for the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, which helps support affordable housing, small businesses, and infrastructure in underserved and rural communities;
- $261 million for the Small Business Administration Entrepreneurial Development Programs, an increase of $13 million over FY19;
- Increased funding for the Internal Revenue Service by $208 million, to support enforcement activities and bolster assistance to the taxpayer advocate and other tax counseling and assistance programs;
- $7.5 billion in discretionary funding for the Judiciary to support federal district courts;
- $140 million for the Securities and Exchange Commission, $69 million above the budget request; and
- Funding increases for the Federal Trade Commission for various inspector general offices that deal with financial matters and the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, strollers, and other products.
“In addition to protecting our democracy, we have also secured funding to begin the real work of addressing the gun violence epidemic. House Democrats secured $25 million for the CDC and NIH to conduct long-needed federal research into nation’s gun violence epidemic. Finally, we have ensured that the 2020 Census will be fully funded with $7.6 billion to ensure a thorough and accurate count.
“After this agreement passes the House and Senate, the President must sign it as quickly as possible. After a tumultuous year, the American people are counting on us to pass full year spending bills and provide some much-needed certainty.”
Quigley also championed the inclusion of many priorities for Chicago and Illinois in the FY20 funding package. His Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization (GLFRA) Act, which provides the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Great Lakes Science Center with funding to conduct critical monitoring, scientific assessments, and research of fisheries in the Great Lakes Basin, was included in H.R. 1865.
Additionally, the funding bills include:
- $14 million for the Department of Defense Center for Manufacturing Cybersecurity in Illinois to develop tools, help suppliers comply with cybersecurity guidelines provide a proving ground to test the posture of products and discover vulnerabilities in advanced manufacturing; and train students;
- $320 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative;
- $2.5 million for the Advanced Orthopedic Training Pilot Program for active-duty military surgeons to train at the best hospitals in the world, including in Chicago;
- $420 million for HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS, which provides housing assistance and related supportive services for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families;
- $18 million for the Legal Orientation Program (LOP), including $3 million for the Immigration Help Desk;
- $9.06 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency, a $208 million increase from FY 19, completely rejecting the Administration’s attempts to gut the agency; and
- $1.97 billion for Capital Investment Grants.