Rep. Cisneros secures 39th District priorities in House-passed Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Package

This week, Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) worked to secure funding for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education priorities H.R. 2740, the Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Package.

“From ensuring our seniors continue to receive the benefits they have earned, to preparing our students to compete in a global economy, the budget passed for Labor, Health and Human Services in an investment in everyday Americans,” said Rep. Cisneros. “I’m proud my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and I were able to come together to support the crucial social and health programs that support hundreds of thousands of Americans and working families and communities in my district.”

In March, Rep. Cisneros testified to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education during a Member day to highlight the importance of critical education, health, and workforce programs that support thousands of constituents in the 39th District. While the President and his administration are seeking to zero out crucial social programs such as Meals on Wheels and Job Corp, Rep. Cisneros has been working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to increase funding in order to support vulnerable communities.

Summaries of key provisions supported by Rep. Cisneros are below:

Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education

In his testimony to the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, Congressman Cisneros highlighted the importance of critical education programs in the 39th District like Head Start, Pell Grants, and TRIO programs, as well as workforce programs like Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grants, critical health programs to support Community Health Centers, and funding to ensure the Social Security Administration is responsive to the population it is charged with supporting. The bill provides:

  • $11.6 billion for Head Start, an increase of $1.5 billion
  • $6,345 for the maximum Pell Grant, an increase of $150 over the 2019 enacted level and the President’s budget request. The increase will help the maximum award keep pace with inflation.
  • $1.1 billion for Federal TRIO programs, an increase of $100 million above the 2019 enacted level and $210 million above the President’s budget request.
  • $3 billion for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grants, $178 million above the fiscal year 2019 enacted level and the President’s budget request.
  • $1.7 billion, an increase of $50 million in discretionary funding to support Community Health Centers program.
  • $13 billion for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) operating expenses, with an increase of $300 million above the 2019 enacted level to hire additional staff at field offices, teleservice and processing centers and improve public services.

Congressman Gil Cisneros (D-CA) signed a bipartisan letter led by Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) in support of Older Americans Act Title III Programs like Meals on Wheels. $464 million for the Senior Community Service Employment for Older Americans Program, $64 million above the 2019 enacted level. The President’s budget request proposed to eliminate this program.

Congressman Gil Cisneros (D-CA) signed a bipartisan letter led by Representatives Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and John Katko (R-NY) in support of funding for mental health access and availability. The bill provides $5.9 billion for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) $115 million above the 2019 enacted level and $179 million above the President’s budget request.

Congressman Cisneros signed a bipartisan letter led by Representatives Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Sanford Bishop (D-GA), John Carter (R-TX) and Phil Roe (R-TN) in support of strong funding levels for Job Corps. The bill provides $1.9 billion for Job Corps, $150 million above the 2019 enacted level and $853 million above the President’s budget request.

Congressman Gil Cisneros signed a letter in support of funding to support homeless veterans. The bill provides $60 million for the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, an increase of $10 million above the 2019 enacted level and the President’s budget request.

Congressman Gil Cisneros (D-CA) signed a letter led by Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and Judy Chu (D-CA) in support of $400 million for Title X and Family planning programs. The bill provides $400 million, an increase of $114 million, for the Title X Family Planning program.

Congressman signed a bipartisan letter led by Representatives Katherine Clark (D-MA), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Norma Torres (D-CA), and Donald Norcross (D-NJ) in support of child care programs to support working families. The bill provides $7.7 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, an increase of $2.4 billion.

Congressman Gil Cisneros signed a letter in support of funding to support gun violence research. The bill provides explicit authorization for the CDC to conduct scientific research to reduce injuries and save lives from gun violence for the first time in 20 years.

This article was released by the Office of Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr.