Langevin Votes for $983 Billion Government Funding Package

WASHINGTON - Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted today in favor of H.R. 2740, a $983 billion government funding package which includes the Fiscal Year 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education; Defense; State; and Energy and Water appropriations bills. The funding package passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 226-203.  

“From national security priorities to programs that help families at home in Rhode Island, this appropriations package makes critical investments in our nation. It will help foster economic growth, protect our environment, strengthen our health care, and give our troops a well-deserved pay raise,” said Langevin. “This legislation rejects the draconian cuts and budgetary gimmicks included in President Trump’s proposal to Congress. Instead, it funds important cabinet agencies responsibly and effectively, and I was proud to support it.”

Langevin played a key role in advancing Rhode Islanders’ priorities in the legislation, including funding for the procurement of an additional Virginia-class submarines, manufactured in part at Electric Boat facilities in Quonset, and increased investments in career and technical education. During consideration of H.R. 2740, Langevin offered numerous amendments to the bill, all of which were adopted. They include:

  • An amendment increasing funding for the Lifespan Respite Care program to $10 million, its highest level ever
  • An amendment increasing funding for the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program from $30 to $40 million
  • An amendment allocating $2 million for the Department of Defense to study civics education programs with the long-term intention of creating a well-educated populace resilient to the threat of foreign misinformation campaigns and election interference
  • An amendment increasing the funding for the Navy’s electromagnetic railgun by $10 million
  • An amendment providing an additional $5 million for the study of low-enriched uranium reactors, which provide significant non-proliferation benefits over existing naval nuclear reactors

“Fighting for Rhode Islanders, especially those in need, is my top priority,” said Langevin. “The increased investments I secured for the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program and Lifespan Respite Care Program reaffirms our collective commitment to providing the necessary research and care for some of the most vulnerable in our communities. I am proud my amendments and other priorities important to Rhode Island families were included in this funding package.”

Other specific provisions in H.R. 2740 include:

  • $42.2 billion for K-12 education programs
  • An increase of $4 billion for early childhood programs including the Child Care and Development Block Grant and Head Start
  • A $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • $1.9 billion for Job Corps, $150 million above the 2019 enacted level
  • A 3.1 percent military pay raise