From Mental Health Care to Infrastructure, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Delivers for Texas’ Seventh Congressional District Priorities
Washington, December 23, 2022
Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) voted for the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, a bipartisan government funding bill that funds essential programs, addresses many of the challenges our country faces, and provides more than $31.1 million for fifteen local projects that Congresswoman Fletcher requested through the Community Funded Projects process. The legislation also includes Congresswoman Fletcher’s bipartisan bill to improve and develop pediatric medical devices, H.R. 7679, as well as a modified version of her bipartisan mental health bill, the Collaborate in an Orderly and Cohesive Manner (COCM) Act, H.R. 5218. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, now heads to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law.
“Today, 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,” said Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher. “I am glad to announce that this bipartisan funding bill includes critical investments for our community and our country. In particular, the bill provides nearly $10 million for Harris County Flood Control’s improvement of Poor Farm Ditch’s water conveyance, support for Houston and Harris County public libraries, funding for a variety of programs—including domestic violence prevention programs and civic engagement programs for college students—and so much more. This legislation also includes a modified version of my bill to bring mental health care resources to primary care settings. I am proud of this legislation, which reflects many of the priorities TX-07 constituents have asked me to support and I look forward to seeing President Biden sign it into law.”
For TX-07, Congresswoman Fletcher secured the following Community Funded Projects:
In July, six of these fifteen projects passed the House. More detail on all fifteen of these projects can be found here.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 includes Congresswoman Fletcher’s bipartisan bill to improve and develop pediatric medical devices by reauthorizing the Pediatric Device Consortia (PDC) grant program and allowing profits for certain Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) devices.
It also includes a version of the Congresswoman’s COCM Act, which initially passed the House in June, and will allow states to partner with primary care practices through a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant program to implement integrated models of care, including the collaborative care model (CoCM). The bill will also ensure that SAMHSA allocates 10 percent of grant funds from this program to practices implementing the CoCM.
More broadly, this omnibus appropriations bill provides:
Energy and Water Infrastructure
Transportation and Infrastructure
Commerce and Justice
For full text of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, click here.