Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) voted with a bipartisan majority of her colleagues to pass the omnibus appropriations package for fiscal year 2022, fully funding the government until September 30, 2022.
Legislation passed by the House tonight includes nearly $1 billion for rural broadband expansion, $1.45 billion for rural water supply and sanitation systems, 3 $.9 billion for police department grants, funds a 2.7 percent military wage increase, provides $9.8 billion to the Employment and Training Administration, including $235 million in dollars for registered learning programs, invests $6.9 billion in cancer research, and more.
“I am proud to vote for this bill, which will fully fund the much-needed grants, programs, and assistance programs that Iowans rely on every day,” said Representative Axne. “This legislation will help create well-paying jobs for Iowans, strengthen rural development, and build new homes — all of which are my priorities.
The bill also includes Rep. Axene’s bipartisan legislation, the Rural MOMS Act, which invests grants, technology and training in rural areas to meet maternal health needs. The Rural Maternity and Midwifery Services Modernization Act, or Rural MOMS Act, will help address the growing disparity in maternal mortality rates in rural communities across the country.
“Governing by continuous resolution after continuous resolution is not how you ensure that you invest in the American people, compete with China, and meet the new challenges facing our country,” said representative Axne. “While this legislation includes a 4-day CR to ensure the Senate has ample time to debate and pass this latest omnibus package, I will be voting for a tenth vote for a CR knowing that this legislation is ready to be passed by the Senate and become law. ”
Rep. Axne fought for programs that directly benefit Iowa to receive funding increases, including:
- More than $10 billion for job training and worker support, including $50 million in funding increases for community college training grants, which Rep. Axne single-handedly fought to deliver.
- The Community College Training Grants will increase job training programs at community colleges to help workers displaced by the COVID-19 economic downturn and other layoffs.
- $158 million — an increase of $8 million — for the Manufacturing Extensions Partnership Program, which helps small and midsize US manufacturers.
- Increases funding for police departments by more than $500 million from fiscal year 2021. These funds will be used for hiring, training, body cameras, domestic violence prevention, and more.
- $926 million for drug interdiction and drug enforcement activities, including $194 million for the National Guard Drug Enforcement Program which includes the Iowa National Guard.
- Increases the maximum Pell Grant size to $6,895, the largest Pell Grant increase in over a decade.
- Supporting working families with a 20% increase in funding for child care and development programs, head start and early development grants.
- More than $550 million to expand broadband service, including $450 million for USDA’s ReConnect program
- Invests in rural housing programs through the USDA and includes $11 billion for new affordable housing, community development, and critical safety, health, and maintenance improvements, and funding the construction of more than 4,000 new units for the elderly and people with disabilities.
- $1.113 billion for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to help protect and eradicate plant and animal diseases.
- Includes $250 million for the Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection Services program, which will help protect Iowa pork producers from African swine fever
- Over $1 billion for USDA conservation programs
- Increases funding for taxpayer services at the IRS to reduce wait times and address the backlog of filings and correspondence.
- Establishes Livestock Contract Library Pilot Program
- $3.2 billion for energy efficiency and renewables at the Department of Energy, the highest level ever to spur the transition to a clean energy economy.
- Enables full implementation of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (more information HERE) and provides $775 million for National Infrastructure Investments, a competitive grant program to help state and local entities for infrastructure projects.
This government funding bill also included more than $13 billion in humanitarian, military and economic support for Ukraine.