Rep. Cisneros Votes to Fund the Government through FY 2020
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) voted in favor of two bipartisan legislative packages that include all 12 fiscal year 2020 funding bills. The first package (H.R. 1865) includes domestic priorities and international assistance, while the second package (H.R. 1158) includes national security funding. Rep. Cisneros fought for several key provisions in both packages including extending funding for Community Health Centers, gun violence research, ensuring a fair and accurate 2020 Census, strengthening California’s highway and transit infrastructure, securing our elections, and repealing three health taxes.
“Since day one of the 116th Congress, I’ve been fighting for the residents of California’s 39th District to ensure they have the resources and programs to thrive at home, at work and at school. It’s why I’m proud to vote for these funding bills, avert a government shutdown, and secure critical priorities for 39th District residents,” said Rep. Cisneros. “These packages include major victories for our district – funding Community Health Centers, ensuring a fair and accurate Census, and investing in veterans care. And for the first time in more than 20 years, Congress is providing funding for gun violence research, a huge win and important step forward in keeping our communities safe. I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to improve the quality of life for hard-working families, protect our nation and uphold our American values.”
Key funding provisions supported by Rep. Cisneros include:
- Supporting Our Servicemembers and Veterans
- $40 million for HUD/VA Supportive Housing for Homeless Veterans (HUD-VASH), equal to the 2019 enacted level. Rep. Cisneros is a strong advocate of HUD-VASH and testified on its importance to the Appropriations Committee earlier this year to protect the program from the President’s proposal to eliminate it.
- $29 million for the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) under the Department of Labor, an increase of $6 million above the 2019 enacted level and the same as the President’s budget request. Rep. Cisneros is a strong supporter and advocate of TAP and launched the bipartisan MTAP Caucus last month with Rep Bergman (R-MI-01).
- A 3.1 percent pay increase for our men and women in uniform.
- Investing in Transportation
- $15.5 billion in funding for new transportation and housing infrastructure projects in addition to $61 billion for infrastructure from dedicated fuel and aviation taxes.
- This includes $116.6 million for California Highways and Transit and $1 billion for National Infrastructure Investments (TIGER/BUILD), $100 million above the 2019 enacted level and equal to the President’s budget request.
- Expanding Access to Healthcare
- An extension of mandatory funding for health Community Health Centers. Rep. Cisneros is a passionate advocate for the 14 Community Health Centers in the 39th District as he believes they are on the frontlines of addressing local healthcare needs He is a cosponsor of HR 1943, the Community Health Center and Primary Care Workforce Expansion Act, to provide for a five year renewal and expansion of the Health Center program and testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee urging the Committee to bring up the bill for consideration.
- $41.7 billion for NIH, an increase of $2.6 billion above the 2019 enacted level and $7.5 billion above the President’s budget request. This funding will help to advance innovation and scientific research nationwide.
- Preventing Gun Violence
- $25 million to research gun violence- GC is a cosponsor of HR 674, the Gun Violence Prevention Research Act, which would authorize $50 million for the CDC to conduct gun violence research.
- Reforming Our Immigration System
- $10 Million to establish a new Office of Immigration Detention Ombudsman with responsibility for receiving, investigating, and resolving complaints regarding misconduct by DHS personnel and violations of the rights of individuals in DHS custody, including through unaccompanied inspections of detention facilities. This initiative was originally proposed in legislation cosponsored by Rep. Cisneros, H.R. 2203, the Homeland Security Improvement Act, which the House approved in September.
- $173 million for humanitarian care of individuals in CBP custody. The legislation also outlines multiple reporting requirements to support oversight of ICE detention operations and CBP removal. These provisions were proposed in legislation Rep. Cisneros cosponsored, H.R. 3239, the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act, which the House approved in July.
- Bolstering Education
- $6,345 for the maximum Pell Grant, an increase of $150 over the 2019 enacted level and the President’s budget request. The increase will help the maximum award keep pace with inflation.
- $143 million for Hispanic Serving Institutions, like California State University, Fullerton, an increase of $19 million above the 2019 enacted level.
- Other Critical Victories for CA-39 Priorities
- $7.6 billion for the Census Bureau - this represents an increase $1.4 billion more than the Administration requested
- $12.9 billion for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) operating expenses, with an increase of $100 million above the 2019 enacted level to hire additional staff at field offices, teleservice and processing centers and improve public service.
- $5.553 billion for Wildfire Management, which is $1.6 billion above the 2019 enacted level and $32 million above the President’s budget request.
- $425 million for election security grants
- $340 million for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Program
- $502.5 million for Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) programs
- $25.7 million for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
Rep. Cisneros testified in several House Appropriation Committee Member Days to voice his support for key priorities for the 39th Congressional District:
- House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development
- House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies
- House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
- House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
Earlier this year, Rep. Cisneros advocated for several funding provisions which were included in the legislative appropriations packages: