Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed two funding packages (“Omnibus”) that would fully fun the government through the fiscal year and avert a government shutdown. Included in the omnibus are a few provisions with significant impact for the district.
“The Democratic majority in the House has said ‘no more shutdowns’ from day one,” said Congressman Bill Keating. “This bill will fully fund our government for the year. I am proud to have fought for a number of provisions that will greatly benefit the citizens of Southeastern Massachusetts.”
COMBATTING THE OPIOID CRISIS: Provides $1.5 billion in State Opioid Response Grants, continuing the historic investment initiated in FY2018.
KAY HAGAN TICK ACT: Requires HHS to ensure the development and implementation of a national strategy for vector-borne diseases, including tick-borne diseases, to address gaps and unnecessary duplication in federal activities related to vector-borne diseases. Codifies and continues regional centers of excellence in vector-borne diseases. Authorizes grants to health departments in areas at high risk of vector-borne diseases to increase capacity to identify, report, prevent, and respond to such diseases and related outbreaks.
FLOOD INSURANCE: Extends the National Flood Insurance Program’s authorization through September 30, 2020.
PREVENTING GUN VIOLENCE: Provides $25 million for the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes for Health for firearm injury and mortality prevention research.
EXTENSION FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS: Extends the Community Health Centers Fund through May 2020, which is vital for our regional healthcare providers.
BRAND USA: Extends funding for Brand USA, an organization dedicated to promoting international travel to the US. This costs US taxpayers nothing, but is a vital program for communities like ours who are dependent on tourism-based economies. Both the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and Plymouth 400 were in support of this measure.
US EXPORT-IMPORT BANK: Reauthorizes the bank for seven years. This bank is designed to help US exports and has been helpful to the cranberry industry.
RAWR ACT: With so many animal activists in the district, this provision will be of particular interest. The Rescuing Animals with Rewards (RAWR) Act modifies an existing Department of State program to authorize rewards to individuals who provide information that assists in the prevention or identification of crimes related to wildlife trafficking.