Congressman Steven Horsford Secures Nevada Priorities in the Second House Appropriations Package

July 31, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04) voted to pass H.R. 7617, the second Fiscal Year 2021 House Appropriations spending bill that secures robust funding for Nevada’s Fourth District and communities across the country. 

“Since I was sworn into Congress, I have always fought to make bold, critical investments that address the needs of Nevadans,” said Congressman Steven Horsford. “At a time when families continue to suffer from the effects of the coronavirus crisis, we must be doing more to increase funding to states and local governments, not slashing them. Today’s spending bill supports a recovering economy by working to support service members and military families, preserve our environment, prioritize public health, assist small businesses, provide opportunities for our children and family, invest in job training, and expand access to safe, affordable, and fair housing.”

The bill also included Congressman Horsford’s amendment to protect Census citizenship data. The amendment nullifies the effect of the Trump executive order that would require Federal agencies to share citizenship data. 

H.R. 7617 totals $1.3 trillion in discretionary funding and consists of six Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations bills: Defense, Commerce-Justice-Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Service and General Government, Labor-HHS-Education, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development. 

Below are a number of notable wins for American communities, including Nevada’s Fourth District, in H.R. 7617:

SERVICE MEMBERS AND MILITARY FAMILIES: The bill provides $694.6 billion in new discretionary spending authority for the Department of Defense for functions under the Defense Subcommittee’s jurisdiction. It provides full funding necessary to support the proposed 3 percent military pay raise. It also increases funding by $45 million above the President’s request for the Department and Services’ Sexual Assault Prevention and Response programs, for a total of $323 million. These funds will support our brave men and women in uniform, including those at Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases, the Nevada Test and Training Range, and the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada’s Fourth Congressional District.

ENERGY AND WATER: The legislation invests $49.6 billion in Energy and Water Development programs. This funding will spur energy innovation that will create jobs and reinvigorate the economy while mitigating climate change. It allocates $12 billion across Department of Energy programs to support clean, affordable, and secure energy. For Fiscal Year 2021, the bill provides zero dollars to restart construction of the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in Nevada’s Fourth District. 

PUBLIC HEALTH: The bill provides $9 billion in emergency supplemental funding for public health and emergency response activities to fund to enhance public health prevention efforts, including an influenza vaccination campaign and strengthen state and local public health emergency response capabilities. These funds will assist the Southern Nevada Health District for enhanced COVID testing capacity, and improve capabilities at the state and local public health laboratories. 

SMALL AND MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESS: The spending bill includes $273.5 million for Community Development Financial Institutions, rejecting Trump’s proposal to eliminate the program. This will support Nevada’s robust small business community, which makes up 250,000 of all businesses in Nevada and 450,000 employees. The bill also provides $52 million to help facilitate job creation and expand business growth opportunities among minority-owned U.S. companies. This $52 million funding to the Minority Business Development Agency would allow Southern Nevada’s minority business owners to obtain valuable resources they need to continue growing and creating jobs for Nevadans.

CHILDREN AND FAMILY: The bill provides $17 billion of investment in children. It provides $11 billion for Head Start programs throughout the country, which would benefit organizations like Acelero Learning Head Start Program that serves many Southern Nevada families. It also includes $6 billion for the Child Care Development Block Grant to provide desperately needed childcare services through programs at the Children’s Advocacy Alliance and Las Vegas Urban League. 

JOB TRAINING: The bill provides $10.2 billion for the Employment and Training Administration, which is $1.5 billion above Trump’s request. This $10.2 billion will allow institutions like Nevada Partners and the Culinary Training Academy to provide quality training programs to Southern Nevadans. 

HOUSING: The bill provides a total of $50.6 billion for HUD – an increase of $1.5 billion above the Fiscal Year 2020 enacted level. That includes $25.7 billion for Tenant-based Rental Assistance, $893 million for Housing for the Elderly, and $430 million for Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS. This will support several housing programs in Nevada’s Fourth Congressional District, including the Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada and Chicanos Por La Causa Nevada.