Schakowsky Votes for, Improves Domestic and International Priorities Funding Bill

July 24, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, issued the following statement upon passage of H.R. 7608, a domestic priorities and international assistance appropriations bill:

“I voted YES for this funding bill because it invests in the health and well-being of our nation’s families and communities, and protects our nation’s diplomatic and humanitarian priorities around the globe.

“I am grateful to my friend and colleague, Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, for rejecting the Trump Administration's efforts to destroy U.S. global leadership and instead promoting our global health, environment, and diplomatic priorities. Most importantly, this bill would reverse President Trump’s termination of our relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO) by restoring U.S. funding to WHO and investing over $10 billion in emergency appropriations for global coronavirus preparedness, response, and relief efforts. If we want to ensure the security of all Americans, the U.S. must lead and maintain adequate capacity to prevent and response to global health threats like COVID-19, and all that will follow. 

“I am proud to have requested and secured a significant investment in women worldwide, through $100 million for the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Fund, $130 million for the Women, Peace, and Security Program, $50 million to increase leadership opportunities for women, $10 million to support an Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues at the Department of State, $165 million to combat gender-based violence, $15 million to prevent child marriage, $5 million to help end female genital mutilation/cutting, and $15 million to support women and girls at risk of violent extremism.

“I also secured $45 million for research and development on microbicides that can be self-applied by women to control pregnancy and protect against sexually-transmitted infections like HIV in regions where existing prevention methods are not always feasible. The bill further invests $800 million for global reproductive health and family planning programs, including $55.5 million for the United Nations Population Fund.

“This package also supports our LGBTQ communities around the globe by investing $10 million in the Global Equality Fund, $6 million for the Protection of LGBTI Persons, and $500,000 for the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons.

“It takes further steps to address climate change and includes a historic $500 million to assist developing nations in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pursuing adaptation and mitigation policies. It also invests $7.83 billion in much needed humanitarian assistance to help refugees and migrants around the globe. It provides $35.86 billion for bilateral economic assistance, democracy programs, and security assistance to provide stability in volatile regions and enhance our presence in critical and strategic areas. That includes $225 million for humanitarian and development programs in the West Bank and Gaza to help address the needs of the Palestinian people and fully honoring our MOU security commitments to Israel. 

“This appropriations bill also includes critical domestic investments, particularly through our Food and Drug Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture. It rejects the Trump Administration’s efforts to cut crucial nutrition programs and includes $68.27 billion in mandatory spending for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), including $3 billion for the SNAP reserve fund, which will fully fund the program through 2021. It increases funding for the Summer Food Service and Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) programs to ensure low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. I’m grateful to have secured an additional $1 million to support the Food and Drug Administration’s plan to promote more sustainable use of antibiotics in animals. We currently use far too many antibiotics in meat production, and as a result humans are becoming more resistant to antibiotics through the foods we eat. This funding will help improve antibiotic effectiveness and ensure we’re prepared to combat the next superbug or other diseases going forward.

“This minibus also includes provisions vital to protecting the health and wellbeing of wildlife and the environment. By providing funding for conservation programs, including $335 million for projects like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and $3.22 billion for the National Park Service, this funding bill prioritizes our most precious resources. It also invests in critical safe drinking water programs to mitigate toxic chemicals like lead and PFAS. Finally, it invests in our nation’s military families and veterans. It includes $90 billion for veterans’ medical care, $1.5 billion for military family housing, and $10.4 billion for military construction projects, including language to ensure that these funds cannot be stolen for Trump’s wasteful border wall.

“While President Trump and Senator McConnell continue their xenophobic, anti-science, anti-woman, and anti-environmental attacks, House Democrats produced a funding bill that ensures a healthier, safer, and cleaner future for all. I will fight to ensure that these important programs remain in the bill as it moves forward to the Senate.”