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First District Priorities Secured in the FY2020 Appropriations Package

Additional Funding Secured:

H.R. 1865 protects and promotes the health of all Americans:

  • Protects and promotes quality, affordable health care of millions by permanently repealing the “Cadillac tax” on employer plans and preventing the President from undermining the ACA (Affordable Care Act)..   

  • Raises the tobacco age to 21 for all tobacco products including e-cigarettes. 

  • Secures record $41.7 billion  for life-saving medical research at the NIH for Alzheimers, Parkinsons, Autism, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, Cystic Fibrosis, cancer and other diseases. 

  • Promotes competition in the prescription drug market by leveling the playing field for generics. 

  • Provides a historic $1.5 billion to address the opioid epidemic. 

  • Extends and increases urgently-needed Medicaid funding for our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and the territories.  

  • Includes Congressman Larson’s bill, H.R. 2293, to increase access to complex rehabilitation equipment for manual wheelchairs.  

  • Restores the floor for the deduction for medical expenses to 7.5%,  

  • Extends funding for Community Health Centers, Graduate Medical Education programs, and other vital health services programs. 


H.R. 1865 protects Americans in their homes, communities and at the ballot box:

  • Makes America safer, securing $25 million for gun violence research at the CDC and NIH, which is being funded for the first time in more than 20 years.Provides $425 million for election security grants to protect our elections from foreign attack, which Republicans refused to fund last year. 

  • Includes full funding for the 2020 Decennial Census to ensure that all Americans are counted and have a voice in our democracy. 

  • Includes Congressman Larson’s bill ensuring that the benefits that Volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel receive from their community are not taxed. 


H.R. 1865 invests in American’s economic security:

  • Invests in smart jobs training initiatives. 

  • Extends the National Flood Insurance Program.  

  • Reauthorizes the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program.   

  • Grants a 3.1 percent pay raise for federal civilian employees. 

  • Includes the SECURE Act improving access to private retirement plans. 

  • Grants $100 million more for Social Security Administration staffing and technology to improve customer service. 

  • Increases funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) by $50,000,000. 


H.R. 1865 secures education and housing:

  • Directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to conduct a [Link to Release] research on the effects of mineral pyrrhotite on concreate aggregate in order to better understand the issue of crumbling foundations. 

  • Provides record funding levels for early childhood education through Head Start and Child Care and Development Block Grants (CCDBG). 

  • Supports public education by increasing funding for Title I schools and IDEA grants. 

  • Supports affordable housing development by increasing funding for Community Development Block Grants and HOME Investment Partnerships by $100 million each. 


H.R. 1865 protects the environment and promotes clean energy:

  • Increases funding for the office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) by over $400 million.  

  • Supports Connecticut’s clean energy industries, including by extending fuel cell vehicle tax incentives and by increasing EERE funding for fuel cell research by $30 million.  

  • Extends tax credits that support home and commercial building energy efficiency upgrades.  

  • Includes the highest funding level for the Land and Water Conservation Fund in 15 years.