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DeLauro Leads House Passage of Labor-HHS-Education Funding in Six-Bill Appropriations Minibus

July 31, 2020
Press Release

Labor-H portion of spending package rejects Trump’s harmful proposed budget cuts by providing $20.8 billion above Trump’s misguided 2021 request

DeLauro led $196.5 billion Labor-H spending package which included $24.425 billion in emergency spending to help working families recover from the coronavirus pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, led House Democrats in passing H.R. 7617, the second minibus of the fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills, that includes the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill. This legislation invests in the programs at the center of the country’s health crisis and economic crisis and addresses labor, health, and education disparities across Connecticut and throughout the country.  

“Our public health system has collapsed under the weight of the coronavirus, our schools need robust investments to safely and effectively meet the needs of all students, and unemployment continues to soar,” said Congresswoman DeLauro. “Now is the time for us to move boldly and swiftly to defeat the virus, and the racial disparities it has exposed in health, education, and the economy. The Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education portion of this bill rises to meet the challenges we’re facing as a nation. With this bill, we help develop new cures, new protections, and new learning tools to create opportunities for working families and empower people at every stage of life. I am proud the House has taken this critical step. Together, we are making investments for the nation: for health, for education, and for good-paying, safe and secure jobs, and to address the disparities that have been exposed by this virus.”

The fiscal year 2021 LHHS funding bill takes bold steps to strengthen our nation’s most critical programs. From Early Head Start to Social Security, they touch individuals and families throughout their lives. Among the many far-reaching investments, this portion of the spending bill:

  • Includes $24.425 billion in emergency coronavirus spending. With $9 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support public health and emergency response activities, $4.5 billion for BARDA to support advanced research and manufacturing of vaccines, $5 billion to deposit in a permanent emergency fund, and $5 billion for research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This funding will support State and local public health departments, public health laboratories, and global health activities, which is critical to national resilience from this and future public health threats. The bill also includes $925 million in emergency contingency funding to help States address spikes in unemployment claims.
  • Provides approximately $96 billion for programs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an increase of $1.5 billion above the enacted level for 2020. These federal investments will help advance lifesaving medical research, combat opioid addiction and the HIV/AIDS epidemic, support food safety, address maternal health disparities, and find solutions to prevent gun violence.
  • Invests in early childhood programs with an increase of $150 million for Head Start; an increase of $100 million for child care; and an increase of $25 million for Preschool Development Grants above the fiscal year 2020 enacted spending levels. For our children to thrive, we must support them at this vulnerable time of crucial development, especially when the twin health and economic crises we are facing have either disrupted their lives or exposed them to hardship, poverty, hunger, or trauma.
  • Includes an increase for Title I grants of $254 million above the fiscal year 2020 enacted level, to $16.6 billion. This is the cornerstone of all federal K-12 programs to help address disparities in resources across school districts. The President’s budget shamefully proposed eliminating this program, but the House has instead bolstered this vital resource.
  • Helps working people find good-paying jobs with $10.2 billion for the Employment Training Administration and robust funding for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act State Grants and Registered Apprenticeships. Unemployment remains higher than any previous period since World War II. This bill not only helps keep working people employed but also helps states meet the unprecedented demand for Unemployment Insurance.

This minibus also includes five other fiscal year 2021 spending bills: Defense, Commerce-Justice-Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Service and General Government, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development.

“From key investments to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink, to critical investments in our infrastructure, to strategic investments in defense to meet the complex challenges we’re facing around the world, this spending bill invests in the American people,” said Congresswoman DeLauro. “This legislation shows that House Democrats are committed to being good stewards of taxpayer dollars and places necessary restrictions and checks on the current administration that has shown time and time again that they cannot be trusted.”

In addition to investments in the workforce, health, and education, this spending package includes:


  • Congresswoman DeLauro’s top Defense Appropriations request of two additional CH-53Ks, for a total of nine, and full funding for continued development, which is critical to preserving the production ramp, decreasing costs, and ensuring supplier stability.
  • Additional money for 42 black hawks, the 12 additional F-35s, for a total of 91, the 19 combat rescue helicopters, and 2 VA Class submarines. These critical investments create jobs across Connecticut.
  • $35 million for ovarian cancer research, which is critical to improving prevention, early diagnosis, and survival rates.


  • Support for the use of grant funding to purchase gunfire detection technology like ShotSpotter which is used by the New Haven Police Department. This technology allows first responders to respond quickly to gunfire incidents in the community.
  • Resources to investigate the use of Pyrrhotite in concrete and allocate $2 million to support partnerships with academic institutions like the University of Connecticut to understand how these materials contribute to making infrastructure unsound. In our home state of Connecticut, homeowners, businesses, schools, and local municipalities are struggling to address the widespread problem of crumbling concrete due to the mineral pyrrhotite. This bill supports the research needed to understand these critical issues facing our state.

Energy and Water Development

  • $33 billion in resources to combat climate change in Department of Energy programs. This investment includes $2.85 billion for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which is $2.1 billion more than the Administration’s budget request.
  • $29 billion for our nation’s water infrastructure, including $7.63 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers. The Administration’s budget request proposed drastic cuts to the Corps, which would have jeopardized water projects across the nation.

Financial Service and General Government

  • Language Blocking the Use of Chained Consumer Price Index (C-CPI), which would push more families into poverty and only seeks to further harm our constituents, especially during the economic crisis facing our country as a result of the pandemic.
  • $273.5 million for Community Development Financial Institutions, an increase of $11.5 million above the FY 2020 enacted level and a rejection of the proposal in the President’s budget to eliminate the program entirely. The total amount includes $10 million to increase the availability and affordability of small-dollar loans.
  • $2.6 billion, an increase of $91 million above the FY 2020 enacted level, for Taxpayer Services. This total includes growth for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, and the Taxpayer Advocate as well as continued support for Tax Counseling for the Elderly.  

Transportation-Housing and Urban Development

  • $78.7 billion for surface transportation programs, of which Connecticut would receive $8 million.
  • $750 million for Northeast Corridor Grants, an increase of $50 million above the FY 2020 enacted level, and $424.5 million above the President’s budget request. Secured $5.75 billion for Northeast Corridor Grants in emergency funding.
  • $3.5 billion for Community Development Block Grants, an increase of $100 million above the FY 2020 enacted level. The President’s budget request proposed eliminating this program. Congresswoman DeLauro also secured $4 billion in emergency CDBG funding.
  • $340 million for the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, an increase of $50 million above the FY 2020 enacted level. This includes $100 million in emergency funding.
  • $22 million for new and continuing studies and demonstration evaluations at HUD, including:
    • A qualitative study of how publicly available data on rental property health and safety violations impact landlord and renter behavior
    • Feasibility study to explore how to collect different local policies related to evictions and a statistical effort relating to the creation of an evictions database, including how information is collected, consistent with civil rights protections, to understand eviction trends by classes protected under the Fair Housing Act
  • $893 million for Housing for the Elderly, an increase of $100 million above the FY 2020 enacted level and $40 million above the President’s budget request and $750 million in emergency funding.
  • $227 million for Housing for Persons with Disabilities, an increase of $25 million above the FY 2020 enacted level, and $179 million in emergency funding.

A summary of the fiscal year 2021 LHHS funding bill is here. A division-by-division summary of the full spending package is here.