Nolan Lauds Victory in Securing Budget Priorities, Preventing Government Shutdown
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today lauded the House passage of a FY2017 funding bill that secures funding for essential services and prevents a government shutdown:
“After seeing the drastic proposed cuts in President Trump’s budget blueprint, we worked to secure funding for the vital programs that Minnesotans value and depend on for the remainder of this fiscal year,” Nolan said. “After careful negotiations, we successfully found a compromise bill that protected our priorities and prevented a federal government shutdown.”
In addition to securing funding for environmental protection, education, infrastructure and a pay raise for men and women in the armed services, Nolan cited several specific victories in the bill, which now heads to the Senate where it is expected to pass.
- More than $34 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including $352 million in supplemental funding from the 21st Century Cures Act.
- $300 million in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Nolan has led the charge in Congress to secure authorized funding through 2021 at $300 million per year.
- $150 million in funding for the Essential Air Service (EAS). EAS provides more than $5 million annually to airports in Brainerd, Bemidji, Hibbing/Chisholm, and International Falls in northeastern Minnesota, and Thief River Falls in northwestern Minnesota.
- $10.45 billion in funding for the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard's maritime safety work and ice breaking on the Great Lakes supports commerce, creating good-paying jobs in Minnesota.
- $500 million in funding for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. This program awards grants to projects that are generally eligible for funding under existing surface transportation formula programs. Nolan helped secure $10 million in TIGER grant funding for the new Intermodal project at the Port of Duluth, which will allow for more commerce to travel in and out of the port of Duluth, creating good-paying jobs across the region.
- $1.8 billion for USDA rural water and waste-disposal loan and grant programs. This program helps with water and waste infrastructure in rural areas.
- $1.5 billion for the National Forest System.
- $3 billion in funding for Community Development Block Grants, which funds, among other things, Meals on Wheels – which, for many seniors, is the only nutritious meal, and the only visit, they get every day.
- $950 million in funding for Federal TRIO Programs. These programs provide services to help low-income students attend and complete college.
- $22.5 billion for Pell Grants and reinstatement of year-round or summer Pell funding. The Pell Grant program provides need-based financial assistance for low-income undergraduate students. Unlike a loan, Pell Grants do not have to be repaid.