House Passes Federal Funding Package with Delgado-Led Initiatives on Agriculture, Opioids, Lyme Disease, and Rural Water Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, DC—This week, the House of Representatives passed the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 2020. Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY-19) led his colleagues on appropriations request letters and amendments and successfully secured critical funding for a number of programs that benefit Upstate New York.
During debate, Rep. Delgado offered an amendment to increase funding for the research, prevention, and treatment of Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses. Rep. Delgado’s amendment, which passed with bipartisan support, includes $1 million in increased Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funding to combat Lyme and represents a nearly 8% increase in funding from current levels. Click here to watch Rep. Delgado present his amendment.
“Throughout this appropriations process, I have advocated for and worked to include priorities important to families and small businesses in NY-19. I successfully amended the legislation to include increased funding to combat Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses, and advocated for resources for family farmers struggling in this down farm economy, for rural water infrastructure improvements, and for treating young people dealing with addiction and in need of mental care.” Delgado continued, “this week, I was proud to vote for and pass legislation that includes stress assistance for agriculture professionals; funding for a number of proven programs to improve rural water infrastructure that will allow communities to modernize their water and wastewater programs; and overdue funding for schools to assist students struggling with addiction and in need of mental health treatment and support. I urge the Senate to take up this legislation and address these Upstate priorities.”
In addition, Rep. Delgado led his colleagues on letters to appropriators in support of the following programs:
- $10 million for the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network which funds stress assistance to farmers, ranchers, farmworkers, and other agriculture-related professions;
- $10 million in additional funding for the new Farming Opportunities Training and Outreach (FOTO) program, created by the 2018 Farm Bill to support beginning, veteran and socially disadvantaged farmers; and
- $18.89 million for a USDA intermediary relending pilot program to resolve heirs’ property disputes, helping farm families obtain clear title to their farmland; and
- $1 million for data collection on farmland ownership, tenure, generational transitions, and barriers to entry for beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.
Environmental & Water Treatment
- $105 million for the EPA’s Brownfields Program to accelerate the cleanup of toxic chemicals at brownfield sites, allowing communities to revitalize their economies and improve the quality of the surrounding environment. There are over 450,000 brownfield sites across the country, and this funding is needed to bring the affected area back to productive use;
- $15 million for programs supporting small, community water systems; and
- $13 million to provide publicly owned treatment works serving fewer than 10,000 individuals with technical assistance to ensure wastewater systems are working properly.
- $10 million for the Mental and Substance Abuse Disorder Workforce Training Demonstration Program to establish academic programs that provide the necessary training to physicians and other clinicians needed on the frontlines to treat Americans suffering with addition and mental health.