Menendez: Funding Agreement Prevents Another Government Shutdown, Rejects Arbitrary, Damaging Cuts that Hurt Economy and Families

Menendez: Funding Agreement Prevents Another Government Shutdown, Rejects Arbitrary, Damaging Cuts that Hurt Economy and Families

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez today voted in favor of a bi-partisan agreement to fund the government and avoid another government shutdown.

"While this funding bill doesn't fully reflect my priorities and is certainly not the bill I would have written - it does prevent another Republican-led government shutdown and puts a stop to the extremism that has forced Congress to govern by crisis," said Sen. Menendez."I'm pleased that it rejects the arbitrary across-the-board cuts - which I opposed from the beginning - that have damaged our economy and hurt so many of our families and communities. I'm glad we were able to turn back some of the most harmful Republican policies and replace them with a more balanced approach to create jobs and strengthen our economy.And most of all, it allows us to move forward and get to work for the American people."

Menendez pointed to several important priorities in the bill which funds all federal government agencies:

Women and Families:

  • WIC - $194 million for the Women, Infants, and Children nutrition program, which provides healthcare and nutrition to low-income pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and infants and children under the age of five.
  • Head Start - Increases Head Start funding by $1.025 billion, including $500 million to expand Early Head Start for children ages 0-3.
  • Violence Against Women Act - $417 million for the Office on Violence Against Women for prevention and prosecution programs

Health

  • National Institute of Health and Alzheimer's Research- $29.9 billionfor continuation and expansion of critical medicalresearch, and $1 billion more than last year's funding level. Additionally, this bill includessignificant investments in new research into Alzheimer's Disease, which is estimated to lead to a 500 percent increase in costs toMedicare and Medicaid over the next decade.
  • Department of Defense Medical Research - Over $960 million medical research, an increase of more than $200 million,to be used for a wide range of research including $20 million forOvarian cancer research and $80 millionfor Prostate cancer research.
  • Peer-reviewed medical research - $200 million

Energy and Environment

  • Energy and Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs - $1.901 billion to advance biomass, electric vehicle, and energy efficient advanced manufacturing technologies.
  • Clean Water State Revolving Fund - $1.45 billion
  • Drinking Water State Revolving Fund -$907 million
  • National Park Service - $2.6 billion

Jobs and Infrastructure

  • Manufacturing Extension Program - $128 million for the MEP program. This matches the FY12 funding level. The NJ MEP was awarded $1.6 million in grant funding for 2014.
  • Army Corps of Engineers - $5.467 billion
  • CDFI Fund - $226 million plus administrative funds for CDFI Bond program and increases the authorization to $750 million.

Transportation

  • Amtrak - Repeals a Republican rider from the Sandy bill that prevented Amtrak from spending $81 million in disaster recovery funds and appropriates an additional $1.35 billion.
  • Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants - $600 million
  • Highway and Transit Funding - Fully funds MAP-21 authorized levels for highway and transit formula funding.New Jersey will get nearly $1 billion in highway funding and more than $500 million in federal transit funding in FY 14.
  • Airports/Air Traffic - Fully funds the FAA's Contract Tower Program, including Trenton Mercer, for which the FAA had planned to cut off funds for last year.Fully funds FAA's Air Traffic account, meaning that we will not see furloughs of air traffic controllers.

Public Safety

  • Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) - $180 million
  • Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne JAG) - $376 million
  • Assistance to Firefighters Grants - $340 million
  • SAFER grants - $ 340 million

Education

  • Pell Grants - $22.8 billion. Combined with mandatory funds, the bill will support an estimated maximum award of $5,730 - an $85 increase to support college students.

Military

  • Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (MDL) - $46.2 million for installation construction projects.
    • Joint Base MDL (Army Reserve)
      • $9.5 million for Automated Multipurpose Machine Gun (MPMG)
      • $7.9 million for Central Issue Facility
      • $13.4 million for Consolidated Dining Facility
      • $5.4 million for Modified Record Fire Range
    • Joint Base MDL (Defense Logistics Agency)
      • $10 million for Replace Fuel Distribution Component

Animal Welfare

  • USDA's animal welfare programs - $28.7 million

Fisheries

  • Fisheries - $75 million for fisheries disaster assistance.

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