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Larson: Year-End Funding Bill Will Support Our Communities During Pandemic

December 21, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted H.R. 133, the FY 2021 omnibus. 

“I’m proud to vote for this funding package that will support our communities during this pandemic. Included in this legislation is funding for 96 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. The manufacturing of the F-35 supports 92 small to medium suppliers and over sixteen thousand jobs in State of Connecticut. During these tough economic times, this funding will help spur our local economy. 

Additionally, the package includes vital investments into our local communities. At time when many Americans are facing historic food insecurity, we’re providing robust funding increases to food assistance programs. It also makes significant investments in public education and our schools.  

“Notably, this year’s bill includes critical legislation to put patients first and end surprise medical billing. For too long, patients have borne the brunt of the cost for seeking emergency medical care or unknowingly seeing an out-of-network provider. This will no longer happen after today’s legislation is enacted. Part of this package included my legislation, the Know Your Provider Act, requiring insurance companies keep up to date provider directories for their customers.  

This package will also result in a meaningful increase in renewable energy across our country. From extending tax credits that have been proven to support green energy deployment, to making a massive investment in grid modernization and renewable energy and storage research, this legislation means more jobs and a cleaner energy infrastructure. 

Other provisions included in the bill: 

  • Provides $243.2 billion in funding for Department of Veterans Affairs, including $90 billion for medical care and pre-funds additional $94.2 billion for VA medical programs in the Fiscal Year 2022. 
  • Increase in IRS taxpayer customer services. 
  • Increases funding for National Institute of Health including for research on Alzheimers, AIDS/HIV, Downs Syndrome. 
  • Increase in funding for the Center for Disease Control  and public health agencies across the country. 
  • Increase in Substance Abuse programs, including mental health services. 
  • Increase in funds for Community Health Centers. 
  • Increase in the maximum Pell Grant amount to keep pace with inflation. 
  • Increase in funding for Head Start and the Child Care Development Block Grant. 
  • Increase in funding for K-12 education. 

CT Manufacturing Priorities include: 

  • $9.6 billion for purchase of 96 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters 
  • $3 billion for continued development of B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber 
  • $6.8 billion for the Virginia class submarine program and $4.1 billion for Ohio Replacement 
  • $2.7 billion for 15 KC-46A Tankers 
  • $862 million for 42 UH-60 Blackhawks 
  • $1.1 billion for purchase of 9 CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopters 
  • $786 million to purchase 5 E-2D ADV Hawkeye 
  • $1.1 billion for procurement of 19 Combat Search and Rescue Helicopters 
  • $578 million for 5 VH-92 Presidential Helicopters 
  • $7 million for development of K-MAX unmanned heavy lift helicopter