Case's Appropriations Committee $1 Trillion Fiscal Year 2020 Funding Bill Passes House
Bill includes funding boosts both nationally and for programs critical to Hawaii
Honolulu, HI, June 19, 2019
(Honolulu, HI) - U.S. Congressman Ed Case (Hawai‘i – District 1) announced that today the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2740, the first upcoming Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations bill including close to $1 trillion in overall federal spending and millions in federal funding for Hawai’i-specific programs.
The full House approved the overall recommendations of its Committee on Appropriations, the powerful panel responsible for over $1.3 trillion in annual federal discretionary spending. Case was appointed to the Appropriations Committee on his return to Congress this year, the first committee member from Hawai’i in three decades.
The bill passed today includes appropriations for the fiscal year beginning October 1st of this year in the areas of defense labor, health, human services, education, foreign operations, energy and water. One or more further bills, which the House majority has committed to passing by the end of June to keep the government on track to full funding in Fiscal Year 2020, will cover remaining areas including transportation, housing and urban development, military construction, veterans, interior, environment, homeland security, financial services, agriculture, commerce, science and justice.
“Since my return to Congress and appointment to Appropriations, one of my top priorities has been both responsible and prudent allocation of our financial resources on national priorities and assuring that our small state receives its fair share of federal funds targeted to our unique needs,” said Case.
“This first appropriations bill does all of that. It reflects not only my interaction with many throughout Hawai’i as to specific needs but also my coordination of priorities and requests with my colleagues in Hawaii’s congressional delegation.”
Case provided the following highlights of just some sections of the over 600-page bill:
“I am very pleased to have achieved increased federal funding for several programs that provide key assistance to Native Americans and Native Hawaiians in the areas of healthcare and education,” said Case. “That will mean programs administered by such agencies including Alu Like, INPEACE, Keiki O Ka ‘Āina (KOKA), Partners in Development and the University of Hawai‘i Center on Disability Studies can be assured that funds can be accessed to service the needs of Native Hawaiians.”
“In my short time on the Appropriations Committee, I have also worked to restore funding for programs that were previously zeroed out in the House. For example, while the East-West Center lacked support in previous years, I am pleased that the House has agreed to provide $17 million to continue the Center’s key work in Fiscal Year 2020.”
“The defense provisions of the bill clearly reflect that the House shares my prioritization of the Asia-Pacific region. Hawai‘i is in a forward position in this area and is home to the United States Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM). It is the largest combatant command in terms of area of responsibility and assets, but it needs additional resources. I am pleased to have successfully advocated for increased funding for such vital areas as missile defense, computer modernization, and even Impact Aid for the continued education of dependent children whose parents are based in Hawai‘i.”
“As another of my priorities, the bill increased funding for an account that is set aside for the operations and maintenance of harbors across the country. Harbors in Hawai‘i will benefit from that increase including funds for Barbers Point and Honolulu Harbors, as well as ports on Kaua‘i and the Big Island.”
The bill now moves to the Senate for its action. “My services on House Appropriations together with Senator Brian Schatz’s membership on Senate Appropriations give Hawai‘i a powerful one-two punch, to go with each of the delegation’s additional membership on key authorizing committees such as Armed Services”, said Case. “I look forward to working with the Senate to ensure that the House funding approvals are secured and where possible expanded.”
Here are some further details of H.R. 2740’s funding provisions (note references to Hawai‘i specific funding):
The legislation provides $690.2 billion in discretionary spending to defend our nation against evolving threats, prepare for future challenges and meet the needs of service members and military families.
This is an increase of $15.8 billion above the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 enacted level, though $8 billion below the Administration’s request (overall the Administration proposed more for defense and less for non-defense than Fiscal Year (FY) 2019).
The measure would provide $21.7 billion to buy 11 Navy ships, including three guided missile destroyers, two attack submarines, one frigate, one Ford-class aircraft carrier, two fleet oilers, and two towing, salvage and rescue ships.
The bill also includes advance funding for additional Virginia and Columbia class submarines.
The bill also provides robust support for aircraft for all the services, including:
The bill provides $149.4 billion for active, reserve and National Guard military personnel, $3.5 billion above the FY 2019 enacted level. This funding will result in an active duty end strength of 1,337,500, and it will provide the funds needed for a 3.1 percent pay raise to our troops. The bill includes measures to improve congressional oversight, including:
Hawai‘i-Specific Defense Funding
The increase in FY 2020 will help the Maui High-Performance Computing Center in Hawai‘i, which specializes in image and signal processing of data from telescopes, satellites, radar, and other sensors as well as modeling and simulation of environmental and battlefield scenarios that are critical to developing operational plans.
Among these five centers is the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI-APCSS). It addresses regional and global security issues, inviting military and civilian representatives of the United States and Asia-Pacific nations to its comprehensive program of executive education and workshops throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Increased funding for DSCA’s Regional Centers will result in increased resources for the DKI-APCSS as it works to help execute our nation’s national security agenda in the Indo-Pacific region.
The HDR-H will provide this much-needed persistent capability to mitigate the effects of evolving threats to the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), optimize discrimination capability in the Indo-Pacific architecture and increase capability of ground-based interceptors in the defense of Hawai‘i.
The budget request also continues the x86 X-Band Radar (XBR) superdome replacement to address obsolete equipment and increase the XBR processing capabilities.
This program enables the military to execute Theater Security Cooperation activities such as humanitarian assistance and paying incremental personnel costs of training and exercising with foreign security forces. The initiative is a critical tool for the military to enable security cooperation activities in the Indo-Pacific region.
Labor, Health and Human Services and
In total, the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) bill includes $191.7 billion in base discretionary funding, an increase of $11.7 billion over the 2019 enacted level and $48 billion over the President’s Budget. The LHHS bill supports critical programs that impact Hawai‘i from federal financial aid to health research. The bill includes a total of $99.4 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), an increase of $8.9 billion above the 2019 enacted level and $21.3 billion above the President’s Budget. Specifically:
above the President’s Budget.
The bill provides a total of $75.9 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Department of Education – $4.5 billion above the 2019 enacted level and $11.9 billion above the President’s Budget.
Hawai‘i Specific Funding
Energy and Water
The Energy and Water Development (E&W) bill includes $46.4 billion in base discretionary funding, an increase of $1.8 billion over the 2019 enacted level for the Department of Energy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and related agencies. The E&W bill supports programs that will mitigate and adapt to climate change and improve the water infrastructure in Hawai‘i.
The bill includes a total of $37.1 billion for the Department of Energy (DOE), an increase of $1.4 billion above the 2019 enacted level and $5.6 billion above the President’s Request. Specifically, the bill provides a total of $589 million for Renewable Energy, an increase of $61.2 above the 2019 enacted level. The bill also includes $425 million for the Advanced Research Project Agency (ARPA-E), which the President’s Budget proposed eliminating. This is an increase of $59 million above FY 2019.
The bill provides a total of $7.4 billion in discretionary appropriations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, $357 million above the 2019 enacted level. Of this amount, the bill includes six new construction projects and six new feasibility studies.
The bill also includes tighter limits on reprogramming Corps funds than under the 2019 spending law. It would bar any repurposing of funds that affects amounts for any activity by more than $2 million or 10%, whichever is less. This measure would bar the current administration from reorganizing the Corps to transfer its civil works functions out of the Defense Department.
The bill includes a total of $1.6 billion for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, an increase of $83 million above the 2019 enacted level and $528 million above the President’s Budget for water resource management and other water resources projects, including projects authorized in the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act.
Hawai‘i Specific Funding
These programs will provide support for improvement projects throughout the nation, including Wailupe Stream in Hawai‘i where there are significant recent flooding and a resulting declaration of emergency.
State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs
Overall, the State and Foreign Operations bill provides $56.4 billion for the Department of State, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and related agencies and programs. This total amount is $2.2 billion above the FY 2019 enacted level and $13.7 billion above the President’s Budget.
The bill maintains our commitment to international development and multilateral institutions. Overall, the bill provides almost $8 billion for humanitarian assistance abroad through migration and refugee assistance and international disaster assistance.
The bill also provides $925 million for International Basic Education programs. The bill further provides $2.4 billion for democracy programs and $180 million for the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), thus sustaining the United States’ longtime commitment to promoting democracy and civil society abroad. The bill also restores the U.S. commitment to international multilateral institutions, including the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and more. The bill provides $1.5 billion in Contributions to International Organizations and $2.1 billion for Contributions for International Peacekeeping Activities, including arrears from previous FYs.
The bill provides robust funding for global environmental protection and conservation programs, including $295 million for biodiversity programs, $101 million for wildlife anti-trafficking, and $140 million for the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The bill also prohibits the use of funds for the Administration’s policy to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.
The bill supports global health programs, including $4.4 billion for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and $1.6 billion for the Global Fund.
The bill supports women’s reproductive rights by providing $750 million for family planning programs and $56 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
The bill also permanently repeals the Mexico City Policy, also known as the global gag rule, that prevents federal funds from going towards foreign non-governmental organizations that provide information, referrals or services for legal abortion or advocate for access to abortion services in their country. The bill also supports gender equality by providing $50 million for women’s leadership programs, $165 million to prevent gender-based violence, and $15 million to address women at risk of violent extremism.
In the Middle East, the bill maintains $3.3 billion in security assistance for Israel per the ten-year memorandum of understanding agreed to in 2016. The bill also reaffirms the importance of a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and provides $226.5 million to support urgent humanitarian and development assistance in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The bill also prevents the use of funds from supporting the sale of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia and requires an investigation and report on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
The bill sets a floor of $160 million to be spent on the Administration’s Indo-Pacific Strategy. These funds will be used to enhance security cooperation and economic and social development with key partners and allies in the Indo-Pacific region, sending a strong message to those countries and potential adversaries of our continued commitment to mutual security, trade and prosperity and human rights and democracy in the region.
The bill provides robust support for key international exchange and service programs, including $425 million for the Peace Corps and $730 million for Educational and Cultural Exchange programs. These international exchange programs have allowed dozens of Hawai‘i residents each year to go abroad and develop vital experiences and skills for our twenty-first-century economy.
This bill sustains our international security assistance commitments to key allies and partners by providing a total of $11.2 billion in such assistance. The bill provides $516 million for peacekeeping operations, including ongoing operations in Kosovo and Egypt where Hawai‘i Army National Guard (HIARNG) units are stationed. The bill also maintains international narcotics control and law enforcement activities, anti-terrorism programs, nonproliferation programs and more.
Hawai‘i Specific Funding