Harley Rouda

Omnibus Appropriations Agreement includes Rouda-led Orange County wins

In addition to providing COVID-19 relief to small businesses and working families, Congress’ Omnibus Appropriations Agreement for Fiscal Year 2021 includes several provisions led by Congressman Harley Rouda (CA-48). These provisions prioritize local water projects, reduce aircraft noise, and protect the rights of long-term Vietnamese immigrants.

“This bill is too little, too late thanks to public ‘servants’ putting party before our country,” said Rouda. “However, I am supporting H.R. 133 because perfect is the enemy of good when lives and livelihoods are on the line. The 117th Congress must pass more legislation to help Americans struggling to survive COVID-19.”

“This legislation includes several Orange County-specific provisions that I have been proud to fight for and secure over the past two years. H.R. 133 will prioritize projects like Surfside-Sunset, Westminster-East Garden Grove Flood Risk Management, and Newport Harbor dredging, lower airplane noise, and protect the rights of Vietnamese Americans.”

Orange County-Specific Provisions

  • Water Resources Development Act of 2020
    • Authorizes the Westminster-East Garden Grove Flood Risk Management project
  • • Appropriations
    • Army Corps
      • Includes language to help prioritize projects like Surfside-Sunset and Newport Harbor dredging in the next Army Corps work plan
      • $250 million in new funding for Section 1043 projects (Non-Federal Implementation Pilot Program)
    • Aircraft Noise
      • Requires the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to submit reports on the activities undertaken by the Regional Ombudsmen, who serve as the regional liaisons on issues regarding aircraft noise, pollution, and safety; cataloging all FAA programs related to airport, aircraft, and environmental noise; and the FAA’s in-take and response process for noise complaints
      • $3 million increase for the FAA to analyze noise at a national level using existing public health surveillance datasets and to conduct field studies in the U.S.
      • $3 million increase for FAA’s Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) program
    • Repatriation to Southeast Asian Nations
      • Includes language recommending that the bill does not include funds to negotiate or enter into an agreement with the Government of Vietnam for the repatriation of any citizen, former citizen, or national of Vietnam who arrived in the United States before July 12, 1995
      • Includes language recommending that the bill does not include funds for the repatriation of to negotiate or enter into an agreement with the Government of Laos for the repatriation of any citizen, former citizen, national, or former national of Laos who arrived in the United States before the date of enactment of this Act

COVID-19 Specific Provisions

  • Unemployment Insurance
    • CARES Act programs extended through March 14, 2021
    • $300 weekly boost through March 14, 2021
  • One-Time Direct Payments
    • $600 for individuals making up to $75,000 and $1,200 for couples making up to $150,000, as well as an extra $600 per eligible child dependent
    • Expand these direct payments to mixed-status households, retroactive to CARES Act
  • Small Businesses
    • $284 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), extended through March 31, 2021
    • Expands PPP eligibility for more critical access hospitals, local newspapers and TV and radio broadcasters, housing cooperatives, and 501(c)(6) nonprofits, including tourism promotion organizations and local chambers of commerce
    • Allows for small businesses in the restaurant and hospitality industries to receive larger awards of 3.5 times average total monthly payroll, rather than 2.5 times
    • $20 billion for EIDL Advance grants
  • $69 billion for vaccines, testing and tracing, community health, and health care provider support
  • $25 billion for emergency rental assistance
  • $638 million for low-income water utility assistance
  • $45 billion for transportation, including $15 billion for airline payroll support and $14 billion for transit agencies
  • $81.9 billion for education
  • $10 billion for child care
  • $13 billion for supplemental nutrition assistance
  • $13 billion for assistance to farmers
  • $15 billion for live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions
  • $3.5 billion for SBA debt relief payments
  • Converts a $10 billion loan to U.S. Postal Service to direct funding
  • $7 billion for broadband
  • Extension and expansion of the Employee Retention Tax Credit
  • Extension of paid leave credits through March 31, 2021
  • Allows states and localities to use funds from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund through December 31, 2021

This article was released by the Office of Congressman Harley Rouda.

1 Comment

  1. OINK!
    This bill might have a few good things in it, but it is so filled with PORK that it should be rejected by both Democrats and Republicans. The fact that Rep Rouda embraces it might explain why he is a one-term Congressman.

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