Kaptur Secures Critical Funding for Midwest, Great Lakes Priorities; Applauds House Passage of $1 Trillion+ Appropriations Package

July 29, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a package of seven fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills, including Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education ($254 billion), Agriculture ($197 billion), Energy and Water ($53 billion), Financial Services ($29 billion), Interior ($43 billion), Military Construction and Veterans Affairs ($280 billion), and Transportation and Housing and Urban Development ($163 billion). These appropriations bills, representing more than $1 trillion in mandatory and discretionary spending, will now be taken up by the House and Senate Conference Committee for consideration.

“Northern Ohio workers, students, seniors, and families simply want an opportunity to pursue their own version of the American Dream, but are increasingly finding it further out of reach,” said Rep. Kaptur. “To ensure that dream is not just aspirational, but obtainable, we must invest and expand the horizon of opportunities. Heeding the resounding call to Build Back Better, these bills will deliver substantial new resources to cities like Toledo, Sandusky, Lorain, and Cleveland – bringing new life to struggling neighborhoods, supporting the small businesses of tomorrow, and creating the good-paying jobs our region deserves. Congress is most effective when it partners with local communities, and these bills are a testament to that fact.”

Funding Highlights

Energy and Water

  • Soo Locks construction – $480 million.
  • Harmful Algal Bloom research and development – $8 million.
  • Cadmium telluride research and development – $30 million.
  • City of Lorain environmental infrastructure project – $3.375 million.
  • Brandon Road Project – $4.9 million.
  • Cleveland Harbor – $10 million.
  • Sandusky Harbor – $1.5 million.
  • Vermilion Harbor – $5.7 million.
  • Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study – $500k.
  • Coastal Ecosystem Research – $30 million.
  • Home Weatherization Assistance Program – $375 million.

Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education

  • Toledo Technology Academy Auto Mechanic and Electric Vehicle Training, Curriculum, and Teacher Development – $1.25 million.
  • Erie County Health Department, Mental Health and Behavioral Health Transitional Support Housing – $2 million.
  • Toledo Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Center – $2 million.
  • University of Toledo Medical Center Mobile Unit – $500k.

Interior

  • Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial – $25 million.
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park – $25 million.
  • Invasive carp management and control – $36 million.
  • Harmful Algal Bloom research and control – $14.5 million.
  • Brownfield cleanup – $131 million.
  • Emerald Ash Borer tree replanting – $4 million.

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs

  • Veterans Homelessness Initiative – $2.2 billion.
  • Veterans Suicide Prevention Program – $599 million.
  • Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Program – $621 million.
  • Rural Veterans Health Program – $307 million.
  • Veterans Mental Health Program – $13.2 billion.

Agriculture

  • Farmers Market Nutrition Program – $30 million.
  • Rural Broadband Initiative – $907 million.
  • Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production – $9.5 million.

Financial Services

  • Funding for Community Development Financial Institutions – $330 million.

Transportation and Housing and Urban Development

  • Great Lakes Saint Lawrence Seaway – $40 million.
  • Port Infrastructure Development Program - $300 million.
  • HOME Investment Partnerships Program – $1.85 billion.
  • Housing for Seniors Program – $1 billion.
  • Housing for People with Disabilities Program – $352 million.
  • Passenger Rail Improvement, Modernization, and Expansion – $625 million.

More information on the appropriations package can be found here.

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