Rush Leads 10 Appropriations Letters Requesting Funding For Priorities Including Women's Heart Health, Clean Energy, Kidney Disease, Public School Infrastructure
WASHINGTON — This year, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) led ten letters to congressional leaders on the House Committee on Appropriations requesting funding for critical priorities including women's heart disease programs, kidney health research, public school infrastructure, zero-emissions trains, and solving civil rights-era cold cases. Descriptions of the requests, as well as links to the letters led by Congressman Rush, are listed below in alphabetical order by Appropriations Subcommittee.
Subcommittee on Energy and Water
- Provide an increase of $30 million for the Vehicle Technologies program within the Department of Energy. Increased funding for the Vehicle Technologies program would support the development and deployment of battery-powered and zero-emission trains.
- Include report language for the Department of Energy General Provisions to assert the Department of Energy's role in advancing principles of equity and justice throughout our nation's energy system. Black and low-income people face the highest risk for death from emissions linked to energy production, and in order to combat climate change, our nation must work to establish a 21st century clean energy system that is accessible to all.
Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
- Provide $1 million to support an independent, third-party study of the New Market Tax Credit (NMTC), the Opportunity Zone / Fund Program, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Tax Certificate Programs, which were passed into law to address economic inequity.
- Support the highest possible funding for the Civil Rights Cold Case Record Collections Act program to ensure the implementation of the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act of 2018 (PL 115-426). Many civil rights cold cases include horrific crimes like lynching, and they remain unsolved for a variety of reasons, including lack of will on the part of law enforcement.
Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
- Include report language requiring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to, in collaboration with State Departments of Natural Resources, examine how invasive carp that are removed through contract fishing, or by other means, are being utilized, including for human consumption.
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
- Ensure sufficient funding for women's heart disease programs within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to address the persistent and significant gaps in information and barriers to implementing strategies to improve the outcomes for the nearly 48 million women at risk for or living with heart disease. Specifically, Rush requested at least $3.936 Billion for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to sustain current activities and investment to advance the fight against heart disease, $46.7 million for the WISEWOMAN program within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) to expand the number of states DHDSP is able to assist, $10 million for Million Hearts within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to advance the goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes, and additional report language on the "The Heart Truth" program explaining the program's goals and urging robust funding. Although millions of women are at risk, cardiovascular disease disproportionately affects Black women.
- Expand federal investment in kidney health by providing a large increase in funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support the work of the National Institute for Digestive, Diabetes, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and $15 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Initiative to expand activities that promote kidney disease awareness, detection, management, and monitoring. More than 37 million adults in America have kidney disease — including nearly 750,000 Americans who have irreversible kidney failure — and as many as 80 million more Americans are at risk of developing kidney disease.
- Provide robust funding for programs related to public school infrastructure investment. Investments in public school infrastructure are critical because currently over 50 percent of public school districts require sizable investments, repairs, and modifications in order to bring the infrastructure of facilities in to good condition.
- Provide robust funding for the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) All of Us program, which will extend precision medicine to all diseases and advance research and clinical trials. Robust funding will ensure the program meets its goal of enrolling a million Americans into a national research cohort by 2023, and that this cohort includes a diverse group of participants, including adequate representation by minorities and other underserved populations.
- Include report language for the Program Management Account of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) clarifying Congressional intent surrounding supervision requirements for therapy personnel that are involved in the delivery of outpatient therapy services. This is necessary because the language as written is bad policy that disproportionately impacts minorities, and it conflicts with the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) own enabling statute and regulations.
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