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Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Votes for Bipartisan, Bicameral Congressional Funding Bill for FY2022

Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) voted for the Funding for the People Act, a bipartisan government funding bill that funds essential programs, addresses many of the challenges we face at home and abroad, and provides more than $13 million for six community projects that Congresswoman Fletcher requested through the Community Funded Projects process. 

“Tonight, Congress fulfilled its constitutional responsibility to appropriate funds for the benefit of the people, including funds to keep our communities safe, improve public health, and grow our economy.   I am glad to announce that this bipartisan funding bill includes critical investments for our community and our country,” said Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher.  “In particular, the bill includes nearly $10 million for Harris County Flood Control’s Meyergrove Detention Basin, the replacement and repair of waterlines in Bellaire and Jersey Village, and support for our Houston Fire, Police, and Health Departments.  In addition to these Community Funded Projects, this legislation invests our resources in medical resources and research, establishing a new federal health agency to drive biomedical breakthroughs; the implementation of many new programs in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act; and in protecting our democracy at home and abroad.  It reflects many of the priorities TX-07 constituents have asked me to support.” 

For TX-07, Congresswoman Fletcher requested and secured the following Community Project Funding: 

  • $9,950,000 for the Meyergrove Detention Basin;
  • $975,000 for the Houston Police Department Advocates for Violent Crime Victims program; 
  • $900,000 for the City of Houston Health Department’s Mobile Stroke Unit, emergency vehicles that can respond more quickly and appropriately to stroke patients; 
  • $450,000 for the Houston Fire Department’s ETHAN Program, on-scene mobile technology to support emergency response; 
  • $782,000 for the City of Bellaire’s waterlines; and
  • $624,835 for the City of Jersey Village’s Seattle Street waterlines.

More detail on these projects can be found here

More broadly, this omnibus appropriations bill: 

  • Provides $13.6 billion in emergency funding for security and humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine;
  • Establishes the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) to improve the U.S. government’s capabilities to speed research and drive breakthroughs in cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and more to improve the health of all Americans; 
  • Reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act to enhance tools to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking while improving access to essential support services such as health care and safe housing for all victims;
  • Enhances the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ ability to reach homeless veterans with $2.2 billion for Homeless Assistance Programs; 
  • Expands the Pell Grant Program, which will result in hundreds of thousands of students becoming newly eligible for Pell and millions of current recipients receiving larger awards; and
  • Creates new cybersecurity protections to fight against cyberattacks by Russia and other bad actors. 

Detailed information, summaries, and data on each of the appropriations bills in the omnibus package can be found here.