Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on H.R. 2029 -- Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016

Dec 18, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) joined 315 other Members of the House of Representatives in passing the omnibus bill that will fund the federal government until September 30, 2016.

In October, Congress enacted a two-year budget deal that increased spending limits by $88 billion; a significant step away from the draconian cuts enacted by the Sequestration Act of 2014. This omnibus bill brings to fruition these increased spending limits that will impact the entire federal government.

Key among these increases for the nation and the citizens of the 1st Congressional District are:

Food Safety/Nutrition Programs

  • $2.73 billion for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is $132 million more than the 2015 enacted level.
  • $6.35 billion for Special Supplemental Nutrition for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), which is fully consistent with the current estimate of need.
  • The Omnibus does not include proposed language preempting state laws on the labeling of genetically modified foods.

Public Safety/Criminal Justice Programs

  • $480 million for Violence Against Women Prevention and Prosecution programs which is $50 million more than the FY2015 level when adjusted for the inclusion of trafficking grants in this heading.
  • $270.2 million for Juvenile Justice, which is $18.7 million more than the FY2015 level.

Defense Spending

  • $125 million for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Psychological Health research and $282 million for cancer research, $1.5 million more than FY2015.
  • 1.3% pay raise for military personnel.
  • $25 million for STARBASE, a STEM education program for fifth graders, the same as FY2015.

Energy Programs

  • $2.1 billion for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which is $136 million more than the FY2015 enacted level.
  • $206 million for activities to modernize the electricity grid, which is $59 million than the FY2015 enacted level.
  • $3.4 billion for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is the same as the 2015 enacted level.

Homeland Security

  • $50 million in new funding to help state and local communities counter violent extremism and to help state and local law enforcement prepare for and respond to complex, coordinated terrorist attacks.

Health Programs

  • $2.8 billion for Child Care and Development Block Grants, which is $326 million more than the 2015 enacted level.
  • $835 million for Seniors’ Nutrition programs, which is $20 million more than the 2015 enacted level.

Education Programs

  • $9.2 billion for Head Start, which is $570 million more than the 2015 enacted level. 
  • $22.5 billion for Pell Grants, which is the same as the 2015 enacted level. When combined with mandatory funding, these discretionary funds will enable the maximum grant to increase to an estimated $5,915, an increase of $140 in the 2016-2017 school year
  • $11.9 billion for Special Education state grants (IDEA), which is $415 million more than the 2015 enacted level.
  • $2.7 billion for WIOA Job Training Formula Grant program, which is $86 million more than the 2015 enacted level.
    • $450 million for School Improvement Grants, which received $506 million in 2015. 
    • $250 million for Preschool Development Grants, which is the same as the FY2015 enacted level.
    • $153 million for Math and Science Partnerships, which is the same as the FY2015 enacted level.

Infrastructure Programs

  • $500 million for National Infrastructure Investments (TIGER), which is equal to the 2015 enacted level.
  • $50 million for Railroad Safety Grants, $25 million for rail infrastructure improvements and $25 million for positive train control grants.

Housing Programs

  • $17.7 billion for Section 8 Tenant Based Rental Assistance renewals, which is $195 million more than the 2015 enacted level and is sufficient to meet expected need based on updated estimates.
  • $60 million for HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH), which is $15 million below the 2015 enacted level.
  • $10.4 billion for Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance renewals, which is $885 million more than the 2015 enacted level and is sufficient to meet expected need based on updated estimates.
  • $4.5 billion for Public Housing Operating Fund, which is $60 million more than the 2015 enacted level.
  • $125 million for Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, which is $45 million more than the 2015 enacted level.
  • $3 billion for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), which is equal to the 2015 enacted level
  • $950 million for HOME Investment Partnerships, which is $50 million more than the 2015 enacted level.

For more information on the bill see below:

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