Scott Applauds House Passage of Appropriations Package

July 24, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7608, an appropriations package that includes four FY 2021 spending bills: State-Foreign Operations, Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA, Interior-Environment, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.

“Today the House passed a spending package that rejects harmful cuts proposed in President Trump’s budget and will bolster our national security, strengthen working families, invest in medical care for our veterans and protect the environment. There are many provisions in this bill that will directly benefit Hampton Roads. As a co-chair of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force, I was pleased to see increased funding for the ongoing restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program. The bill also includes significant support for farmers to implement best management practices to reduce runoff into the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

“I was also pleased that the bill includes an additional $3.3 million for the 400 Years of African American History Commission, which was established by legislation Senator Tim Kaine and I first introduced in 2016 and was signed into law in 2018.  This funding is in addition to the initial $3.3 million the Commission received in FY 2020 and will support the Commission’s critical work.

“This bill makes important investments in our nation, and I look forward to our continued work to adequately fund our federal government before the new fiscal year begins on October 1st.”

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