Scott Secures Funding for Hampton Roads, Students, and Workers In Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, voted to pass H.R. 4502, FY 2022 Seven-Bill Appropriations Minibus – a package that includes the following seven appropriations bills: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education; Agriculture, Rural Development; Energy and Water Development; Financial Services and General Government; Interior, Environment; Military Construction, Veterans Affairs; and Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development. Congressman Scott secured critical funding for Hampton Roads as well as students and workers.
“I was proud to support this legislation on the floor today,” said Rep. Scott. “The pandemic highlighted all the ways that our economy is slanted against middle class families in favor of the wealthy and well-connected. This funding bill will create jobs and grow opportunity for the middle class and working families while also protecting vulnerable communities. This funding bill is an important step in our work to build back better.”
The appropriations bill also includes $83.7 million in critical funding for the deepening and widening of the Norfolk Harbor’s channels. This project is already under construction and the federal investment will allow for larger container and bulk ships visiting the Port of Virginia to arrive and depart fully loaded, providing for safer and more timely passage. The project is expected to deliver nearly $4 billion of benefits to the national economy.
“Throughout my time in Congress I have always pushed to make sure the Port of Virginia has all the federal resources necessary to ensure it remains a center of commerce for the Commonwealth of Virginia,” noted Rep. Scott. “I was very pleased to see the timely funding for the Port in this package which will be vital to our economy in Hampton Roads as the Port grows it’s capacity.”
The funding bill also included $15 million for the new Chesapeake WILD (Watershed Investments in Landscape Defense) Program grants, as well as $3.3 million for the 400 Years of African American History Commission.
“I sponsored the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act with Senator Tim Kaine, and as the sponsor of the Chesapeake WILD Act, I was very pleased to see funding for both of these important initiatives," said Rep. Scott. "The Commission has facilitated participation in the 400-year anniversary commemoration of the arrival of Africans in the U.S. colonies at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia; initiated the 400 Distinguished Award; and supported programming to engage students in historic preservation. And as a co-chair of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Taskforce, I am committed to the restoration of the Bay and was very pleased to see the addition of $90.5 million for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay program along with $15 million for the new Chesapeake WILD Program grants.”
As Chair of the Committee on Education and Labor, Congressman Scott additionally noted that the funding package prioritizes the needs of students, workers, and families.
“This bill proposes historic investments in K-12 education, including keeping President Biden’s promise to more than double Title I funding for under-resourced schools,” said Rep. Scott. “This package would also lower the cost of college by increasing the value of Pell Grants. And it increases funding for child care and early childhood education programs that are so critical to the long-term success of children and families.”
“For workers, the package increases support for job training – including Job Corps, Registered Apprenticeships, re-entry employment programs, summer youth and year-round employment, and other workforce development programs,” Rep. Scott noted. “It also includes a vital investment to strengthen enforcement of the laws that protect workers basic rights, including the right to be paid for the hours they work, the right to organize a union, and the right to safe working conditions.”
“I am encouraged by the investments this package makes in the health and well-being of our communities,” Rep. Scott said. “It bolsters child nutrition programs that are vital to students and families, and it directs more funding to home and community-based services that provide desperately needed support for aging Americans, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers.”
Congressman Scott also successfully secured over $10,100,000 in funding for eight community projects in Virginia’s Third Congressional District in the Appropriations funding bill. If enacted, this funding will make a direct impact in the lives of people in Hampton Roads by making critical investments in community projects throughout the region.
“I was very excited to see inclusion of these projects in the subcommittee bills,” continued Congressman Scott. “These projects will directly benefit the Hampton Roads community by making critical investments in health care, resilient infrastructure, workforce development, telecommunication and recreation. I am honored to represent Virginia’s Third Congressional District in Congress and I will continue fighting to make sure that federal resources are available to strengthen the Hampton Roads community.”
Congressman Scott submitted Community Project Funding requests to the Appropriations Committee and will continue to fight for this funding in negotiations with the Senate. More information on the eight community projects and the funding can be found below.
Enhanced Athletic Field Lighting
Recipient: City of Newport News, Virginia, 2400 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia 23607
Project Description: The funding will be used to replace and upgrade athletic field lighting at several public schools and a community center.
Hampton Roads Maritime Industrial Base Ecosystem (MIBE) Maritime Trades Magnet
Recipient: Old Dominion University, 5115 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, Virginia 23529
Project Description: The funding will be used to develop and manage a Maritime Trades Magnet (MTM) focused on K-12 career and technical education initiatives that will introduce advanced manufacturing curricula, specifically modified for the maritime trades, into select middle and high schools to stimulate community interest in maritime trades careers.
Initial Inventory and Programming for the Revised Lead and Copper Rule
Recipient: City of Portsmouth, Virginia, 801 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704
Project Description: The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because the funds will be used to create a public inventory of lead service lines and creates new notification requirements for utilities of lead testing results in order to comply with federal regulations.
LGBT Life Center Community Center
Recipient: LGBT Life Center, 222 W 21st Street, F308, Norfolk, Virginia 23517
Project Description: This project will expand access to medical care and the delivery of LGBTQ affirming professional medical care for LGBT community on the Virginia Peninsula. Additionally, this new Community Center will be a safe space for LGBTQ youth and adults to seek support and resources.
Poindexter Sidewalks Extension
Recipient: City of Chesapeake, Virginia, 306 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, Virginia 23322
Project Description: The funds would provide safe pedestrian connectivity for the residents, businesses, and visitors of the historic South Norfolk community of Chesapeake, to the Elizabeth River Park and to the pedestrian friendly South Norfolk Jordan Bridge. Currently, there are no sidewalks or dedicated pedestrian facilities along Poindexter Street, so pedestrians must navigate along the shoulder of the roadway and utilize footpaths along the side of the road which are not ADA accessible.
Rural Broadband Expansion in Isle of Wight County
Recipient: County of Isle of Wight, Virginia, P.O. Box 80, Isle of Wight, VA 23397
Project Description: The funding will be used to cover the costs of construction, equipment, and deployment of broadband services to 40 residential homes, 1 business, and a church in a rural unserved community outside of, but near, the Town of Smithfield.
STOP, Inc. Mobile Telehealth Clinic]
Recipient: STOP, Inc., 5700 Thurston Avenue, Suite 101, Virginia Beach, VA 23455.
Project Description: The funding will be used to support the launch and sustainability of STOP Inc.’s Mobile Telehealth Clinic (MTC), which is a 40-foot mobile clinic with two examination rooms, one waiting room, and is handicap accessible. The MTC will serve communities with high rates of poverty in the City of Franklin, Virginia and the County of Isle of Wight, Virginia.
William A. Hunton YMCA Acquisition and Relocation
Amount Requested: $2,900,000.00
Recipient: City of Norfolk, Virginia, 810 Union Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Project Description: The funds will be used to protect this community resource from flooding and sea level rise. The William A. Hunton YMCA is currently subject to frequent nuisance flooding and is at risk for future flood events. This project allows the current property to be acquired and to be relocated to a more sustainable home within the St. Paul's community project area.
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