Rep. Chu Statement on FY20 Appropriations
Washington, DC — Today, the House of Representatives voted on two packages of spending bills to keep the government open through fiscal year 2020 at levels higher than current funding and higher than the President’s budget request. The first package, under H.R. 1865, included $184.9 billion for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, $23.49 billion for the Department of Agriculture, $48.3 billion for water projects, $35.99 billion for environmental conservation, including management of the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, $216.5 billion for military construction and the Veterans Administration, $54.7 billion for the State Department and foreign aid, and more. The second package under, H.R. 1158, provides $693.3 billion for the Department of Defense, $73.18 billion for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and Science, $13.06 billion for the Department of Treasury, $1.375 billion for the Department of Homeland Security, and more. The second package includes funding for a border wall, increases funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, continues the Remain in Mexico Policy, and does not stop DHS from transferring money between its programs and agencies, nor does it include language to stop the implementation of the Muslim Ban or the harmful public charge rule. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) voted for the first package and opposed the second package. Rep. Chu issued the following statement:
“In addition to increasing funding, I am glad that we are able to avoid the harm of another government shutdown. However, by enabling and even furthering the President’s cruel, hateful, bigoted, and harmful immigration agenda, the second package was simply not one that I could vote for. For starters, it wastes money on a useless border wall that the President wants purely to advance a xenophobic narrative that immigrants are dangerous. It also continues dangerous policies like the Remain in Mexico Policy which is forcing migrants to stay in tent cities despite having a legal right to claim asylum here. It also increases funding for ICE and does not decrease beds at immigrant detention facilities even as the government’s own independent watchdogs say these facilities are overcrowded and failing to meet the needs of the children. I have been to these facilities and I know the harm that is being caused to the children detained there. It is tantamount to child abuse and I cannot condone or fund it.
"I was pleased to see increased funding for a number of democratic priorities in H.R. 1865, including a $2.6 billion increase for the NIH, increased investment in HIV/AIDS and cancer research, funding for hungry families under SNAP and WIC, increased funding for environmental conservation efforts, and a historic investment of $12.5 million for the CDC to research the harmful effects of gun violence in our communities. While I was disappointed that a number of House-passed provisions were ultimately not included, such as protections for Title X patients from Trump’s harmful domestic gag rule, or a repeal of Trump’s global gag rule, I am committed to continuing to push for policies that improve the health and wellbeing of hardworking American families.”