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House Passes Two Robust Spending Packages, Adopts Several Rush Priorities by Voice Vote

July 31, 2020

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 7617, which includes six FY2021 spending bills: Defense, Commerce-Justice-Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Labor-HHS-Education, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development; and last Friday, the House also passed H.R. 7608, which consisted of four bills to fund federal departments, including State, Agriculture, Interior, and Veterans Affairs for FY2021, which runs from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.

Both packages adopted amendments sponsored by U. S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), including provisions to protect vulnerable communities from toxic air pollution and increase funding for gun violence prevention programs.

"With the passage of these spending packages, this House of Representatives reaffirms its commitment to the American people by providing robust funding for programs aimed at improving the lives of our constituents and including provisions to hold this Administration accountable on multiple fronts," said Rep. Rush. "I am particularly proud to see that today's package adopted provisions to prevent the Department of Justice from using federal funds to further undermine the Affordable Care Act, an amendment that I was honored to cosponsor."

"I am also beyond delighted that these important bills include amendments I introduced as well, including an amendment to protect Black and low-income communities from toxic air pollutants by requiring the EPA to better monitor air quality, and an amendment to increase funding for violence prevention initiatives in an effort to put an end to everyday gun violence.

"I hope that my Senate colleagues will swiftly move to approve these spending packages so that we can continue to deliver for the American people, especially during these difficult times."

Rep. Rush sponsored the following amendment to the Commerce, Justice, and Science Division of H.R. 7617:

  • Amendment #10, which increases funding for community-based violence prevention initiatives. This amendment was cosponsored by U. S. Representative Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.).

Rep. Rush sponsored the following amendment to the Environment and Interior Division of H.R. 7608:

  • Amendment #62, which would block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from finalizing an insufficiently protective National Ambient Air Quality Standard. This amendment was cosponsored by U. S. Representatives Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) and A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.).

Rep. Rush cosponsored the following amendments to the Commerce, Justice, and Science Division of H.R. 7617:

  • Amendment #1, which prevents the Department of Justice from using federal funds for litigation that undermines the Affordable Care Act. This Amendment was sponsored by U. S. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.).
  • Amendment #69, which prohibits use of funds for "adoptive seizures," wherein law enforcement evades stricter state laws governing civil asset forfeiture by seizing property and referring it to federal authorities. This bipartisan amendment was sponsored by U. S. Representative Tim Walberg (R-Mich.).