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Congressman Norcross Favors Bills that Secure Nation, Address Pandemic and Invest in American Families

 

WASHINGTON, DC (July 24, 2020)— Today, U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) – a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor and House Armed Services Committee – voted in favor of H.R. 7608, a “minibus” package that contains four Fiscal Year 2021 bills that fund federal departments and agencies including those related to military construction, veterans, Washington politics 3agriculture, interior, environment and the State Department.

“How we invest our nation’s funding is a reflection of our priorities, and these appropriations bills show that we are prioritizing our workers, our veterans, bringing back a healthy economy and a clean environment,” said Congressman Norcross. “The bill we passed today invests in clean, safe drinking water and cleaning up old dirty industrial sites across our state. It invests in South Jersey’s economic driver and workforce by including important construction funding at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. And, as we continue to battle the ongoing pandemic, this bill will invest in workers’ safety and funding for life-saving mental health resources for our Veterans. House Democrats are committed to investing wisely to improve our aging infrastructure and combating climate change. We’re doing what’s right and addressing the urgent needs of workers, families and veterans.”

Below are some specific provision in H.R. 7608:

  • Confronting the Coronavirus Crisis
    • Provides $10.018 billion in emergency funding for coronavirus preparedness, response, and relief globally.
  • Strengthening Our Military & Supporting Our Veterans
    • Provides $10.4 billion for military construction of new projects, construction improvements, planning and design and host nation support, including:
      • Provides $15 million for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst National Guard Readiness Center; and
      • Provides $22 million for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Air Force Munitions Storage Area;
    • Provides $1.49 billion for military family housing construction; and
    • Makes critical investments in VA medical care including $10.3 billion for mental health care services, $313 million for suicide prevention outreach, $504 million opioid abuse recovery and prevention and $1.9 billion for homelessness assistance initiatives.
  • Investing in Our Infrastructure & Improving Our Communities
    • Provides $13 billion in additional emergency funds for EPA infrastructure grants, including an additional $10.2 billion for Clean Water and Safe Drinking State Revolving Funds; $1 billion for Superfund site remediation; $950 million for led pipe replacement, sewer overflow control, and other water infrastructure investments for small and disadvantaged communities; $350 million for Brownfields grants; and $450 million for Diesel Emissions Reduction (DERA) grants.
  • Protecting & Supporting Our Workers
    • Provides $185 million for Registers Apprenticeship Programs; and
    • Provides $594 million for OSHA.

 

  • Fighting the Opioid Epidemic & Preventing Gun Violence
    • Provides $1.5 billion for grant programs that help those struggling with the disease of addiction; and
    • Provides $25 million for gun violence research.

 

  • Acting on Climate Change & Protecting Our Environment
    • Provides $1.22 billion for Superfund clean-up, which is vital for New Jersey – the state with the most Superfund sites in the nation;
    • Ensures access to safe drinking water and clean air with$2.76 billion investment and another $189 million in targeted grants for drinking water contaminants – like lead, nitrates and other health hazards; and
    • Supports scientific and regulatory work on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) with $12.9 million in additional funding to establish drinking water and cleanup standards.
  • Assisting Children & Families  
    • Provides $101 billion for nutrition and health programs for low-income families and other vulnerable Americans, including:
      • $25.131 billion for child nutrition programs,
      • $68.277 billion for SNAP, and
      • $5.75 billion for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.

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