BISHOP STATEMENT ON BIDEN BUDGET
COLUMBUS, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, released the following statement after the White House released the FY 2022 discretionary funding budget:
“I am very pleased with the President’s budget request for FY 2022. The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare many issues Americans are having and it is Congress’ duty to respond. When we invest in America, we are setting Americans up for success. I am thankful President Biden understands that and I look forward to continuing the work of helping Americans recover from this pandemic and build back better.”
Among its many important proposals, President Biden’s budget blueprint invests in:
- Good schools: Historic funding for education, including a $20 billion increase for high-poverty schools.
- Childcare: Helps more families afford quality childcare with a $1.5 billion increase.
- Healthier communities: Addresses crises exacerbated by the pandemic with $1.6 billion for mental health – double last year’s funding – and $200 million for maternal health.
- Public health and medical research: Strengthens the nation’s public health infrastructure with a record $8.7 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $6.5 billion for ARPA-H – a new lifesaving medical research initiative, and $10.7 billion for opioid prevention and treatment.
- Housing: Expands vital Housing Choice Vouchers to 200,000 more families and expands Homeless Assistance Grants to support more than 100,000 additional households, helping solve the nation’s housing crisis.
- Safer neighborhoods: Fosters safer communities by providing $209 million civil rights enforcement, $1 billion for gender-based violence prevention, and $2.1 billion for gun violence prevention to foster safer communities.
- Worker protection: Protects workers’ wages, benefits, and rights with an increase of $304 million, 17 percent more than last year, for worker protection agencies.
- Action on climate: A whole-of-government approach that will help protect our environment for future generations, with a $14 billion increase over last year.
- Nutrition: Strengthens the nutrition assistance safety net to combat rising rates of hunger and nutrition insecurity and expands local food systems with nearly $4 billion in new investments.
- Infrastructure: Rebuilds crumbling infrastructure with increased funding for roads and bridges, transit systems, and water systems.