Langevin Votes to Invest in American Jobs and Opportunity, Including Nearly $7 Million for Community Projects in Rhode Island

Jul 29, 2021 Issues: Economy and Jobs

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) today voted for H.R. 4502, a partial government funding bill for 2022 that will invest in American jobs, opportunity, and working families. Included in the legislation were historic investments in education, health care, and clean energy, and the bill will expand access to affordable housing, bolster our public health capacity, and create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs rebuilding our nation’s aging infrastructure.

H.R. 4502 also included nearly $7 million for Rhode Island-based projects, which Rep. Langevin secured. These projects include:

  • $1,100,000 for a new soccer field in Johnston
  • $1,060,000 to fund a constituent relations management tool at the Community College of Rhode Island
  • $1,000,000 for the Wood River Health Services community health center 
  • $900,000 for the Rhode Island Department of Health to purchase new lab equipment to promote and protect public health
  • $775,000 for preservation efforts at the historic Conimicut Shoals Lighthouse
  • $578,000 for a new playground and upgrades at a park in Richmond
  • $500,000 for a new playground at Neutaconkanut Park in Providence
  • $500,000 for a public works upgrade in Cranston
  • $500,000 to develop Data Science, Cyber Security, and Computer Science certificate programs at Rhode Island College

“Today, I proudly voted to make a historic investment in America’s future. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, this legislation will create thousands of good-paying jobs, grow our small businesses, and shore up the working and middle classes,” said Rep. Jim Langevin. “I’m especially thrilled that this bill will deliver nearly $7 million for towns, community health centers, and local colleges across the Second District. I’ll always fight to deliver for Rhode Island.”

H.R. 4205 will also provide funding for job training, public education, and veteran’s health care in the Second District. H.R. 4205 will:

  • Increase Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult and Youth State Grants by $235,000, supporting the 90,000 Rhode Islanders eligible for federally funded job training;
  • Increase Title I education funding in RI by 118%, providing $24.9 million in additional funding for schools to support the 18,000 students who benefitted from Title I funding in 2021, including 9,000 kids living in poverty;
  • Provide an additional $35.4 million in funding for the 10,000 veterans who receive healthcare from the Veterans Health Administration to improve access to women’s health, mental health, and opioid treatment services, expand home and community-based services, and support crucial medical research that improves veterans’ health and quality of life.

During consideration of the bill, Langevin offered an amendment to provide an additional $6.25 million for the Office of the National Cyber Director, bringing the total appropriation to $25 million as recommended by the Cyberspace Solarium Commission. Langevin authored legislation creating the Office last year. He also offered an amendment to provide an additional $3.9 million for the Adoption Opportunity Program, which helps foster youth build permanent family connections. Both amendments were adopted by the House.