Appropriations Committees Release Bipartisan Schools, Safety, and Security Package

March 21, 2024
Press Release

Second, six-bill funding package helps with the cost of living, sides with hardworking Americans, protects women’s rights, reinforces America’s global leadership, and helps our communities be safe and secure.

House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) today joined Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX-12) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) and Vice Chairman Susan Collins (R-ME) in releasing the second and final six 2024 regular appropriations bills.

This package includes the following funding bills: Defense; Financial Services and General Government; Homeland Security; Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies; Legislative Branch; and, State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.

“Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate were able to come together and complete the business of funding the United States government for 2024 with this second and final six-bill funding package. This legislation helps with the cost of living, protects women’s rights, reinforces America’s global leadership, and helps our communities be safe and secure – while ensuring the biggest corporations pay the taxes they owe,” said Ranking Member DeLauro. “With strong investments in education and job training and placement programs, we are siding with the hardworking majority of Americans. We are ensuring America can respond anywhere in the world where freedom and democracy are under attack, amplifying American diplomacy, and reaffirming our global commitments to fight climate change and reinforce global health. This legislation helps ensure America’s children can be successful, no matter their background, by increasing funding for child care and Head Start. It also protects women’s rights and access to reproductive care from Republicans’ attacks. While House Republicans previously blocked efforts to pass bipartisan supplemental funding legislation aimed at bolstering national security and securing our border, this package includes robust funding for the Department of Homeland Security and rejects the adoption of extreme House Republican policies. I am proud to support this legislation, and I am relieved to be finally closing the chapter on fiscal year 2024 on behalf of the American people.”

Some of the strongest investments and victories for the American people included in this package can be found here. They include:

  • $1 billion increase for child care and Head Start.
  • $120 million increase in funding for cancer research at the National Institutes of Health.
  • $100 million increase for Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias research.
  • Rejecting Republican cuts, including saving 224,000 teachers’ jobs House Republicans tried to eliminate and protecting Job Corps and more than 20 K-12 and higher education programs.
  • Blocking 10 Republican riders to limit women’s reproductive health.
  • 12,000 more Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans that assisted the United States.
  • $1 billion increase in climate change and resilience activities at the Department of Defense.

​​​The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024, funds the six bills at levels consistent with the bipartisan budget agreement.

These 2024 funding bills invest in America’s future and deliver for the American people by:

  • Helping with the impossibly high cost of living, reducing drug costs, helping with child care and Head Start.
  • Siding with the hardworking majority of Americans by supporting education and job training and placement programs that help Americans find high paying jobs, safeguarding robust worker protection agencies that ensure Americans are safe and properly compensated at work, and ensuring billionaires and wealthy corporations pay the taxes they owe.
  • Protecting women’s rights by blocking attempts to limit women’s access to reproductive health care including the elimination of Title X Family Planning and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grants and supporting the reproductive health of women overseas.
  • Reinforcing America’s global leadership by strengthening defense capabilities, ensuring America can respond anywhere in the world where freedom and democracy are under attack, amplifying American diplomacy, and reaffirming our global commitments to fight climate change and reinforce global health.
  • Helping our communities be safe and secure by funding border security, preventing the trafficking of fentanyl and other dangerous drugs, bolstering cyber security, protecting consumers from scammers, fraudsters, and dangerous products, and enabling robust and immediate responses to natural disasters.

The text of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024, is available here. A full summary of the appropriations provisions in the bill is available here. Community Project Funding included in all fiscal year 2024 bills is available here.

Individual subcommittee summaries are below:

The legislation is expected to be considered first in the House and then later this week by the Senate.

This second and final package follows the first six appropriations bills signed into law on March 9.

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