Quigley Votes to Invest in American Families, Small Businesses with New Government Funding Package
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Committee on Appropriations and Chair of the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee (FSGG), voted to make critical investments in American businesses and families through H.R. 4502, a package to fund the federal government in the next fiscal year. The legislation, known as a “minibus” package, includes seven appropriations bills: Labor-HHS-Education; Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA; Energy and Water Development; FSGG; Interior-Environment; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Transportation-HUD.
“As our nation continues recovering from the ongoing pandemic and the economic crisis it caused, Americans need Congress to invest in our communities or we risk letting too many families and small businesses fall behind,” said Quigley. “How we spend our tax dollars is a reflection of our nation’s principles and priorities. I was proud to work on this legislation as a member of the Appropriations Committee and I was proud to vote for it today.”
Earlier this year, Quigley advocated for funding for ten local projects through Community Project Funding. The legislation passed today includes nine of the ten projects sponsored by Quigley and previously passed by the Appropriations Committee. The nine projects passed by the full House today include:
- $1 million for the Center on Halsted to enhance their Youth Housing Program,
- $495,000 for capital improvement at Chicago Public Schools,
- $1 million for critical infrastructure improvements for visitor safety, animal welfare, and energy efficiency at Lincoln Park Zoo,
- $650,000 for the installment of a traffic signal at the intersection of Grand Avenue and George Street in the Village of Franklin Park,
- $300,000 for Advocate Aurora Health’s Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago,
- $1 million for comprehensive repaving of pedestrian pathways in Lincoln Park that follow ADA guidance,
- $279,780 for the Night Ministry to purchase and equip a new Health Outreach Bus,
- $2 million to implement new underground stormwater detention infrastructure in the City of Elmhurst, and
- $1.3 million to create a grade separation of the West Grand Avenue Highway and the Metra rail tracks in the Village of Elmwood Park.
“This funding will have a measurable impact on my district. From providing healthcare for those most in need to making our roads and trails safer and more accessible, each of these projects is poised to transform the communities they serve,” said Quigley.
Today’s funding package includes several additional priorities Quigley fought for, such as:
- Animal welfare provisions to ensure animals don’t have to wait at ports for extended periods of time for inspection, as was the case with a group of French bulldog puppies Quigley helped rescue last year,
- Directions for the Energy Information Administration to provide data on city energy consumption so cities can increase their efficiency and reduce green gas emissions,
- $3 billion to establish the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) to accelerate the pace of scientific breakthroughs for diabetes, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS and Alzheimer’s disease,
- An additional $350,000 in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Adult and Youth State Grants for job training specifically in Illinois’ 5th district,
- An additional $18.6 million in funding for veterans’ healthcare in Illinois’ 5th district alone, and
- The end of anti-choice policies that inappropriately interfered with women’s reproductive rights.
Quigley, as the author of the FSGG component, championed the inclusion of funding for increased enforcement by the IRS, opportunities for underserved businesses, safeguarding the future of our democracy, and protecting families and consumers.
“The past year has had a devastating impact on American families and small businesses. The FSGG funding approved by the House today will help our country continue on the path to recovery,” said Quigley. “This year’s FSGG bill will strengthen IRS enforcement to make certain that even the biggest corporations and the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share. For too long, our tax system has left billions of dollars on the table. By finally funding the IRS at a much-needed level, we can recoup that loss and invest it in the future of our country.”
This package now goes to the Senate for consideration.