Pingree Votes to Pass FY2020 Funding Bills
Washington, December 17, 2019
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, today voted to pass two legislative packages that comprise all twelve FY 2020 funding bills. H.R. 1865 and H.R. 1158, together will fund the federal government through September 30, 2020.
The bills make historic investments in many of Pingree’s priorities, including local and organic agriculture, election security, early childhood education, medical research including gun violence prevention, and shipbuilding at Bath Iron Works. The bills also prevent many disastrous cuts proposed in the Trump administration’s FY 2020 budget, including slashing environmental protection and safety net programs.
Pingree released the following statement after the vote:
“Today’s vote reflects a historic investment in the lives of Mainers. With these spending bills, Congress is investing in the health, safety, and livelihoods of the American people, including $425 million for election security grants, $25 million for gun violence prevention research, record-high funding for Head Start, and major support for economic development and infrastructure programs. I hope to see swift action from the Senate and President. Mainers are relying on us to provide certainty and protect our country from another senseless government shutdown.
“This isn’t a perfect bill by any means—though we blocked the White House and Republican-controlled Senate from enacting devastating cuts to programs we care deeply about, I’m disappointed to see some important provisions left out of the final bill, including those prohibiting offshore drilling in the Gulf of Maine, addressing the Trump administration’s gutting of Title X and international family planning assistance, and the disastrous and cruel border policies of the Trump administration. Still, I believe this bill delivers critical investments to Mainers, and so I voted in favor.”
Highlights of H.R. 1865 include:
Highlights of H.R. 1158 include:
Pingree has served on the House Appropriations Committee since 2013. She currently sits on the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment, and Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.