8 Things to Know About 8-Bill Appropriations Package
The House is scheduled to consider an Appropriations package next week made up of the eight spending bills that were not part of the July ‘security minibus.’
Here are 8 important things to know:
- It is a multi-faceted assault on women’s health.
It prohibits federal reimbursement to Planned Parenthood for health care services, including contraceptive services, for women covered by Medicaid. It eliminates funding for Title X family planning and Teen Pregnancy Prevention grants and includes the text of the Conscience Protection Act, threatening a woman’s access to care in life-endangering emergencies. It expands the “Global Gag Rule,” prohibiting organizations that provide or counsel women on abortion services from receiving any global health funding, prohibits funding for UNFPA, and caps reproductive health funding at the 2008 level.
- It hurts communities’ ability to prepare and recover from catastrophic flooding.
It slashes NOAA’s overall operations and funding for climate research, weakening efforts to understand and address a driving factor of more frequent and severe storms.It eliminates Regional Coastal Resilience Grants and guts Coastal Zone Management grants, critical for both coastal and Great Lakes regions.It cuts $100 million from Community Development Block Grants, a critical funding source that can be used for both prevention and recovery.It cuts $291 million from the Dislocated Worker National Reserve, which creates clean up and recovery jobs after natural disasters.
- It undermines the Affordable Care Act.
It prohibits funds to enforce the Affordable Care Act individual mandate or subsidize health insurance plans that provide coverage for abortion services, or implement any other portion of ACA. It cuts more than $500 million from CMS Program Management, intended to block funding to support the ACA marketplace.
- It repeals many important Dodd-Frank financial reforms.
It includes 88 pages of authorizing language - the so-called Financial Choice Act - which would repeal mechanisms put in place to ensure American taxpayers are not forced to bail out Wall Street and suffer financial ruin as a result of reckless practices at irresponsible financial institutions.
- It makes our land, air, and water dirtier.
It cuts more than $500 million from EPA, including an 18% cut from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. It includes riders hindering enforcement of the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, and forces taxpayers to pick up the tab for cleaning pollution caused by private mining companies.
- It breaks promises to invest in infrastructure and makes our roads less safe.
It eliminates funding for TIGER grants and slashes Capital Investment Grants by nearly 40%, hindering upgrades of deficient roads, bridges, and transit systems, and contains riders raising allowable truck weights while allowing trucking companies to make drivers work longer hours with fewer breaks.
- It strips a provision making DREAMers eligible for federal employment.
The Appropriations Committee adopted a bipartisan amendment by Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) to the Financial Services & General Government Appropriations bill making DACA recipients eligible for federal jobs.Majority leadership stripped this bipartisan provision from the text to be considered by the House, the second time they have taken this underhanded and undemocratic step to hide from a politically difficult issue.
- It provides no path to avoid shutdown at the end of September.
This bill, and the ‘security minibus’ passed by the House in July, cannot and will not be enacted because they cannot gain Democratic votes.Yet majority leadership has failed to work with Democrats on a new budget agreement raising caps on defense & nondefense spending, raising the threat of a disastrous Republican government shutdown, which President Trump has encouraged.
Instead of passing this short-sighted bill that would be disastrous for all Americans, Republicans should join Democrats in adopting spending bills that grow the economy and create jobs.