Article I of the Constitution gives Congress the “power of the purse.” As such, it is our responsibility to fund the many important federal programs that benefit Rhode Islanders. Throughout the month of June, the House of Representatives passed legislation to fulfill this important duty for the 2020 fiscal year, which begins on September 30. From national defense needs to programs that help families at the local level, our bills make critical investments in our nation and include important resources I secured for Rhode Island.
In particular, I was pleased to obtain $5 million in funding for the Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program to help preserve Rhode Island’s estuaries and other coastal waterways. Coastal waterways are abundant across Rhode Island and are incredibly important to our economy and the cultural identity of our state. This funding will help ensure they are protected for future generations.
I also helped lead the effort to include funding for the purchase of an additional Virginia-class submarine to be manufactured in part in Quonset at Electric Boat, which employs thousands of Rhode Islanders and indirectly supports thousands more through its robust local supply chain. These submarines better position the U.S. Navy to carry out its operations on the seas, and the construction process is a boon for our state’s economy.
During House floor consideration, I amended this year’s bills to advance a number of other important priorities, including increases in funding for the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program, the Lifespan Respite Care Program, and the Regional Information Sharing Systems Program, which supports local and state law enforcement agencies.
To keep up with my ongoing efforts to ensure federal tax dollars come back to Rhode Island, and for updates on many other issues, please visit my website and follow me on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.