Evans Statement on House Passage of FY 2018 Spending Bill

March 23, 2018
Press Release

This week, Congressman Dwight Evans (Philadelphia and Montgomery County) released the following the House passage of FY 2018 spending bill.

“My top priorities are to support programs that reduce poverty, stimulate economic growth and create good-paying jobs in Philadelphia and across our Commonwealth,” Congressman Evans said. 

Here are a few of the programs included in the bill I voted for:

  • Education
  • An increase for Child Care and Development Block Grant program.
  • Increased funding for Head Start.
  • An increase for Title I Grants to Schools.
  • Pell Grant funding increase.
  • Student Loan forgiveness Program funding increase.

Healthcare and Medical Research

  • A $3 billion increase in funding for NIH
  • Funding the Consolidated Health Center Program at $5.5 billion strengthens the ability of health centers to provide integrated, high-quality primary care.

Housing Opportunity

  • Renews all Housing Choice Vouchers for low income families.
  • Provides new housing vouchers for veterans, people with disabilities, and to keep families together.
  • Allocates nearly $1 billion in additional funding to repair and operate public housing. This will improve living conditions for residents and help preserve this essential infrastructure.
  • Boosts funding for the HOME Investment Partnerships program (HOME) to the highest level in 7 years. HOME is a flexible source of funding used by states and communities to address their housing challenges.

Public Safety

  • Funding for programs to combat the opioid epidemic.
  • Requested funding for the Byrne JAG program, which fosters collaboration and information sharing among law enforcement agencies and other segments of the criminal justice system. 
  • In addition, seeking funding for the COPS Hiring program, which has placed over 130,000 officers in communities across the U.S. to advance community policing and anti-crime programs.

Economics and Small Business

  • Funding for the Small Business Administration to ensure the growth of small businesses and enhance job growth.
  • As part of the bipartisan spending deal, Congress appropriated $21 billion in funding for infrastructure – making investments in bridges, roads, airways, railways, waterways, transportation safety, broadband, and rural infrastructure.
  • Allocations for workforce innovation and education.

Global Development and International Programs

  • Asked for funding to allow Peace Corps to continue to strengthen its programs and meet demand in priority areas around the globe.  
  • These investments in diplomacy and development are critical to our national security. 

“Yesterday’s vote was an example of using the tools in our toolbox. It is clear that the Trump Administration is taking valuable resources away from our cities at a time when they are already pressed for funding. As you voice in Congress I will continue to advocate for building an America in which working people know that somebody has their back,” Congressman Evans said. 

 

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Media Contact: Becca Brukman, 202-225-4001, Becca.Brukman@mail.house.gov