WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the FY 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act:
“The Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act combines appropriations bills for Transportation and HUD; Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; Financial Services and General Government; Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies; Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies; and State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs—a total of $446.8 billion in discretionary budget authority.
“Highlights of the Consolidated Appropriations Act include significant, job-creating investments in our nation’s highway and transportation infrastructure; crime-prevention and community policing grants; funding for cutting-edge scientific research; stronger enforcement to protect our financial markets from fraud; job-training programs that, with millions out of work, matter now more than ever; better health care for our veterans; and assistance to states like Pakistan and Afghanistan, whose stability is threatened by terrorism.
“Those are just some of the key components of this legislation. Not only are these wise and needed policies—much of the funding in this bill goes to programs that will speed our economic recovery. The bulk of spending increases in this legislation go toward necessities like providing for our veterans, funding the Census, and repairing our infrastructure—and toward honestly budgeting the cost of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a change from years of Republican policy that hid those wars’ true cost.
“It is easy for Republicans to rail against spending in the abstract, but which spending increases in this bill would they actually reject? Would they cut funds for our veterans? For education? For our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan? For meeting our constitutional requirement to conduct a census? When essential commitments like those are factored out, this legislation only raises spending by 1% over last year.”