Congresswoman Adams Statement on House Passage of Omnibus Spending Bill
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Alma S. Adams (NC-12) today released the following statement after the House passage of the FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill which funds the government until September 30, 2017:
“This is a clean bipartisan budget that’s good for the 12th District,” said Congresswoman Adams. “It ensures critical funding for education, research and development, and infrastructure and transportation, while protecting healthcare for millions of Americans.
“This budget included a $2 billion increase in funding for the National Institute of Health (NIH), allowing our hospitals and universities to continue critical research. Students across the 12th District will now have access to year-around Pell Grants, increasing access to higher education and opportunity. Under this measure, TIGER Grants and Community Block Grants will continue to be funded, both of which are vital to our district’s continued growth.
“This budget is a reflection of what Congress can accomplish when we work together. It is my hope that we continue to act in the spirit of bipartisanship as we tackle our nation’s greatest challenges.”
The Omnibus Appropriations Bill:
- Ensures TIGER Grant funding at $500 million, the same amount as FY2016.
- Provides for a reinstatement of year-round Pell Grants, and a $105 increase in the maximum grant award totaling $5,920.
- Aid for Institutional Development programs is funded at $577.5 million. This is an increase of $7.5 million from FY2016 due to the reinstatement of Master’s Degree Programs at HBCUs, which have not received funding since 2014.
- Provides a $50 million funding increase for TRIO for a total of $950 million.
- Provides a $17 million funding increase for GEAR UP for a total of $340 million.
- Ensures Community Block Grants are funded at $3 billion, the amount same as FY2016.
Health and Research
- Provides a $2 billion funding increase for the NIH for a total of $34.1 billion.
- Provides a $2 million funding increase for the NEA for a total of $150 million.
- Provides a $2 million funding increase for the Minority Business Development Program for a total of $34,000,000.