DeLauro Leads House Passage of Bipartisan Government Funding Package

March 6, 2024
Press Release

Domestic funding bill provides American families relief from the higher cost of living, protects women’s rights, combats climate change, and honors America’s commitments to its veterans

The House today passed, 339 to 85, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024, a government funding bill consisting of six of 12 fiscal year 2024 appropriations bills.

This legislation includes the following bills: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies; Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies; and Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies. A detailed summary of the legislation is available here.

“I am pleased to see this legislation pass the House with such broad bipartisan support. This bill delivers for the American people by providing relief from the cost of living, creating good paying jobs, protecting women’s access to reproductive health care, and supporting America’s veterans,” said Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro. “We have known since May of last year that final 2024 appropriations bills would need the support of Democrats and Republicans in the House and in the Senate. It is Democrats who continue to keep government open and working for the American people. I am proud that the vast majority of House Republicans’ dangerous and extreme cuts and policies were removed from this legislation. This package does not reflect every one of our priorities, but I am proud that in a divided country, we were able to work across the aisle to get this done for the American people. Through this bill, we are relieving American families of burdensome inflation, and we are looking out for the most vulnerable with full funding for programs like nutrition assistance. We invest in green energy and climate research, protect women from government intrusion into their reproductive healthcare decisions, and reaffirm our commitments to supporting America’s war heroes. I look forward to releasing and passing the remaining 2024 funding bills soon.”

Ranking Member DeLauro’s full remarks on the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024 are here, and video is available here.

“As we have said all along, the only way forward was to work in a bipartisan fashion and today’s bill does that. It covers a wide range of programs that are vital to America’s families from helping our servicemembers and veterans to ensuring our infrastructure is safe and growing with our country. It fully funds the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as well as Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) – including preventing drastic cuts to the fruit and vegetable benefits in WIC,” said Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Ranking Member Sanford Bishop Jr. “This bill has something for every American to improve their quality of life, from improving housing and communities’ water/wastewater systems to helping small businesses to supporting local law enforcement and emergency services. I am proud of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food & Drug Administration, and Related Agencies portion of this bill gets our rural communities the support they need to help America thrive. It also ensures that Americans continue to have the safest, most abundant, and affordable food, fiber, medicine, and medical devices.”

“The CJS bill goes a long way in preserving the progress we’ve made over the last few years, across a number of critical public investments,” said Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Ranking Member Matt Cartwright. “This legislation increases funding to programs that prevent and prosecute violence against women; targets fentanyl and other opioid trafficking; and provides continued strong support for programs that boost American manufacturing. It will also deliver vital legal services for underserved communities and advance our ability to understand and prepare for extreme weather events. It does all of these things while also eliminating the awful policy riders from the earlier House bill, including riders that would have made it easier for criminals to commit gun violence.”

“Our nation is at a pivotal moment when we must decide if we are willing to sustain the significant investments in federal programs necessary to ensure we remain a global economic powerhouse. I am proud of this bipartisan Energy and Water Development bill that meets the critical energy and water needs of our nation,” said Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Ranking Member Marcy Kaptur. “This legislation confronts the climate crisis, drives technological innovation and economic growth, and helps secure our nation’s energy independence with more than $15 Billion for transformative investments in jobs, clean energy, and science. We need an all-of-the-above energy strategy that not only taps domestic oil and gas but also invests in clean energy to diversify our energy portfolio. Additionally, this legislation invests more than $10 Billion through the US Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation in our nation’s water infrastructure, critical to protecting communities from more frequent and severe storms and addressing the worsening drought. Passage of this vital Energy and Water bill moves us closer to these goals.”

“After months of hard-fought negotiations to prevent crippling cuts and poison pill policy riders, I’m relieved for the sake of our constituents and for our environment that the House passed a bipartisan Interior and Environment Appropriations bill today. While I am disappointed our bill represents $1.6 billion less than last year’s funding levels, this bill continues investments to care for our planet, fight the climate emergency, and meet our trust obligations to tribal nations,” said Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Ranking Member Chellie Pingree. “The bill provides necessary resources to deal with the threat of wildfires in the West and provides additional funding to continue the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act pay supplement for wildland firefighters. The bill also protects National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities funding, supporting the arts in communities across the country. And finally, this bill supports Native American families by investing in a strong and resilient Indian Country, including through education and health care programs. The investments in this bill will improve the lives of all Americans.”

“This minibus not only provides the critical support our veterans deserve, but it also blocks a raft of poison pill policy riders that politicize VA, and for all Americans, lowers costs, creates jobs and tackles climate change,” said Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Ranking Member Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “Crucially, Democrats insisted this bill restore military construction funding to $2 billion above the budget request, and dedicates resiliency and PFAS remediation funding, while also boosting Department of Defense housing oversight. This minibus also upholds our commitment to veterans by providing $121 billion for VA medical care and increases and protects funding for gender-specific care for women – all while blocking Republican attempts to further restrict women’s abortion access and counseling. This bill also meets America’s kitchen table needs by funding family food and housing lifelines and fortifying America’s energy independence by investing in cutting-edge climate research and protecting our vital water resources by fully funding Everglades restoration efforts in my own state.”

“As Ranking Member of this subcommittee, it is my responsibility to deliver on issues that keep Americans up at night. Whether it is the uncertainty of where a family will lay their head each night or lengthy unreliable commutes - I can confidently say this bill makes it easier for the American people,” said Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Quigley. “The THUD FY24 bill prioritizes investments in programs that prevent the eviction of millions of households and at a time when transportation accidents seem all too frequent, this bill dedicates funding to improve the reliability of our airports, highways, transit, passenger rail and ports. While this is not the bill I would have written, it is a successful compromise that will stabilize our transportation and housing systems across the country.”

The Subcommittee Ranking Members’ remarks on the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024, are here.

This compromise legislation funds domestic programs at the toplines set in the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023, which were reaffirmed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Mike Johnson earlier this year. Democrats rejected extreme cuts and policies pursued by House Republicans and fought for the priorities of families, workers, and the most vulnerable Americans. This first government package invests in America’s future and delivers for the American people by:

  • Helping with the high cost of living, creating and sustaining tens of thousands of good paying jobs, fighting inflation, and providing full funding for key lifelines such as food assistance and more affordable housing and homeownership.
  • Protecting women’s rights by blocking attempts to limit women’s access to reproductive health care, including abortion, and by increasing funding for gender-based violence prevention and prosecution programs.
  • Confronting the climate crisis, fighting climate change, and ensuring America’s energy independence with robust, transformative investments in deploying clean energy technologies in communities across the country, and providing funding for cutting-edge scientific and climate-related research.
  • Honoring our commitments to our veterans by ensuring they receive the care and benefits that they have earned and investing in veterans’ health care, including targeted investments that advance women's health, mental health, and homelessness assistance.

The text of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024, is available here. A fact sheet of Democratic victories is here. A summary of the programs funded within the bill is here.

Individual subcommittee summaries and explanatory statements are below:

The remaining six appropriations bills for fiscal year 2024 are expected to be released and voted on ahead of their expiration on March 22.

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118th Congress