Kaptur Announces Wins for Northern Ohio in Bipartisan Appropriations Agreement

December 17, 2019
Press Release
The 2020 Appropriations bills include provisions to protect our Great Lakes, create jobs, ensure a fair and accurate 2020 Census, fund gun violence research, secure our elections, advance clean energy research & development, protect the health and well-being of our families, and much more.

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement after the House passed two legislative packages that together comprise all 12 fiscal year 2020 funding bills – H.R. 1865, domestic priorities and international assistance appropriations minibus, and H.R. 1158, national security appropriations minibus. Included among the 12 was Chairwoman Kaptur’s Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies funding bill, legislation which funds the Department of Energy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior programs, and other related agencies.


These bills are the product of bipartisan, bicameral compromise. Together, they raise funding for critical Northern Ohio priorities, including:


  • Historic investments in clean energy research and development and projects to protect the Great Lakes – secured by Chairwoman Kaptur
  • A fully funded, fair, and accurate 2020 Census
  • Money for states to secure their elections
  • $25 million for gun violence research
  • Much more


“Working families across Northern Ohio understand the importance of making investments in our families and in our communities,” said Rep. Kaptur. “Through bipartisan negotiations and months of work, Democrats have turned back the Trump Administration’s proposed dramatic and short-sighted cuts to programs that empower people and improve the lives of hardworking Americans in Northern Ohio and in communities across the United States. I’m pleased to vote in favor of these bipartisan bills that will grow our economy, create jobs, protect our environment, repair our infrastructure, strengthen healthcare, and set Northern Ohio communities up for success.”


A summary of district specific wins is below. The full text of the bill is here.


Protecting Our Great Lakes and Their Cultural Heritage

  • Great Lakes Restoration Initiative — $320 million, rejecting President Trump’s elimination request
  • Combating Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie – $19 million for National Centers for Coastal Oceans Science for harmful algal bloom research
  • Nearly $30 million for Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial seawall investments at Middle Bass Island
  • Great Lakes Fishery – $47,060,000, including $1 million for grass carp
  • Great Lakes Icebreaking Capacity – $2 million for the Coast Guard to establish a major acquisition program office to enhance icebreaking capacity on the Great Lakes and an additional $2 million for recurring program support
  • Secures strong funding for environmental protection – including the highest funding level for the Land and Water Conservation Fund in 15 years


Investing in Space Exploration Efforts in Northern Ohio 

  • $22.63 billion is provided for NASA, an increase of $1.13 billion above the FY 2019 enacted level which supports jobs in Northern Ohio, including at the NASA Glenn Facility and NASA Plum Brook
    • In addition, the bill provides key investments in Solar Electric Propulsion, the Regional Economic Development Program and Electric Air Flight research. These include human space flight and key research priorities at Glenn
    • Rejects the Senate proposal to eliminate the Communications Service Program, a key priority for Northern Ohio space communications companies. Rep. Kaptur recently announced $33.8 million in federal funding to build a new Aerospace Communications facility at NASA Glenn
  • $20 million to redevelop the Hypersonic Test Facility at NASA Plum Brook Station to advance Department of Defense hypersonic weapons capabilities


Protecting Our Elections

  • Secured $425 million for election security grants to protect our elections from foreign attack, which Republicans refused to fund last year


Guaranteeing a Fully Funded, Fair, and Accurate 2020 Census

  • $7.6 billion for the Census Bureau, including a strong increase to enable the Bureau to conduct a thorough and accurate 2020 Decennial Census


Strengthening the Health and Well-Being of Our Families

  • Permanently repeals health care taxes including the so-called “Cadillac Tax”
  • Blocks Trump’s ACA sabotage nuclear options, by preventing him from ending “silver loading” and auto re-enrollment
  • Secures record funding for life-saving medical research at the NIH
  • Ensures strong support for initiatives to lower the price of prescription drugs by increasing competition for generics
  • Continues the historic $1.5 billion in funding for state grants to combat the opioid epidemic
  • Lays the groundwork for progress in the spring to end the financially catastrophic practice of surprise billing, lower prescription drug costs and extend robust funding for key health initiatives


Strengthening Americans’ Economic & Financial Security

  • Gives federal civilian employees and military a 3.1 percent pay raise
  • Protects the pensions of 100,000 coal miners
  • Invests billions in smart job training initiatives
  • Extends the National Flood Insurance Program
  • Secures a long-term reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program
  • Extends key tax provisions through 2020: encouraging investments in clean energy priorities like wind and energy efficiency, providing relief for families recovering from recent disasters, supporting investments in low-income communities, and protecting families facing high medical costs or the loss of a home to foreclosure


Investing in Ohio Transportation

  • $43.885 million for highways and transit in Ohio
  • $225 million for a maritime infrastructure grant program
  • $38 million for the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, including $2 million to promote the Midwest exports


Investing in Our Children

  • Strengthens the Families First Prevention Services Act
  • Achieves record funding levels for Head Start, Child Care and Development Block Grants, and Title I schools
  • Extends funding for essential services in thousands of schools serving millions of children in rural communities across 41 states


Creating Jobs & Supporting Economic Growth in Northern Ohio

  • Infrastructure – $61 billion for infrastructure projects included in Transportation-HUD bill
  • Rural Broadband — investing $680 million in expansion of rural broadband service to provide economic development opportunities and improved education and healthcare services
  • National Science Foundation — $8.27 billion ($203 million above FY19) for innovation & research on advanced manufacturing, mathematics, cybersecurity, neuroscience, and STEM education
  • Economic Development Administration – $333,000,000, including $15 million to assist communities with nuclear power plants to diversify their economic base, and empower these communities to take advantage of the specialized infrastructure surrounding civilian nuclear power plants


Fighting Hunger

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — $67 billion in required mandatory spending for SNAP
  • Historic funding for the Office of Urban Agriculture – $5 million


Gun Violence Research

  • For the first time in more than 20 years, a total of $25 million provided at CDC and NIH for firearm injury & mortality prevention research


Combating the Opioid Crisis

  • Provides $1.5 billion for State Opioid Response Grants


Caring for Our Veterans

  • Veterans Affairs — $216.5 billion in both discretionary and mandatory funding, which is $19.4 billion more than the FY2019 level
  • VA Medical Care — $80.2 billion providing for approximately seven million patients to be treated in fiscal year 2020
  • Mental Health Programs — $9.4 billion for mental health programs, a $20 million increase above the budget request
  • Suicide Prevention — $221.7 million to combat the growing challenges of PTSD and other veteran mental health challenges, including suicide prevention outreach
  • Opioid Abuse Prevention — $402 million for opioid abuse prevention, an increase of $15 million
  • PTSD Research — $40 million for the National Center on PTSD
  • Medical and Prosthetic Research — $800 million for VA medical and prosthetic research
  • Disability Claims Processing Backlog — provides $125 million above the budget request to reduce the disability claims backlog to ensure adequate compensation & care for the more than 450,000 veterans still wading through VA bureaucracy


Expanding Access to Housing

  • Community Development Block Grants – $3,425,000,000 — up $100 million from FY19
  • Housing for the Elderly – $793,000,000, $115 million above FY19, including $90 million for new construction
  • Section 8 tenant-based housing – $23,847,050,000, $1.6b more than President’s budget
  • $40 million for HUD/VA Supportive Housing for Homeless Veterans. The President’s budget request proposed eliminating this program
  • Weatherization – $5 million to establish pilot projects to boost HUD and DOE weatherization coordination
  • Lead Hazard Control – $290 million for lead hazard control and healthy homes programs
  • Public Housing Capital Fund: $2.9 billion, $94.9 million above FY19


Supporting Research at the University of Toledo and Case Western Reserve University

  • $7 million for the University of Toledo to research and develop thin film photovoltaic solar energy cells materials for the Air Force
  • $5 million for Case Western University to research and develop multi-layer dynamically responsive macromolecular composites for the Army


Investing in Civilian-Military Programs

  • $200 million to support the National Guard Youth Challenge Program
  • $35 million for the STARBASE STEM Education Program
  • $30 million for the Reserve and National Guard Innovative Readiness Program


Supporting Our Ohio National Guard and Reserve Forces

  • $590.2 million for C-130 procurement and modernization
  • $281.5 million for Air National Guard F-16 Fighter plane active electronically scanned array (AESA) upgrades
  • $100 million for Army National Guard High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) modernization


Protecting Our Pets

  • $500,000 to prohibit deadly pentobarbital in pet food