Hoyer Secures Critical Investments for Key Fifth District Priorities in FY2023 Minibus Funding Package

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) released the following statement today following House passage of the FY2023 Minibus legislation, which included six of fifteen Community Project Funding (CPF) requests Congressman Hoyer advocated for, delivering major investments to Maryland’s Fifth Congressional District. Every project Congressman Hoyer advocated for in this year’s Community Project Funding process received funding, while eleven projects were fully funded. As part of this year’s process, Congressman Hoyer solicited requests on his website and submitted fifteen projects to the Appropriations Committee. Each Member is limited to no more than fifteen Community Project Funding requests.

“Every community in the Fifth District can celebrate these victories today,” said Congressman Hoyer, “I’m glad to deliver these wins on behalf of the families in my district. These investments throughout the Fifth District will make a significant impact in the lives of our people. The funding I fought for will help energize infrastructure projects, work to make our communities safer, help end hunger in our communities, and strengthen our health care resources. I was glad to see this package pass the House, and urge the Senate to act quickly so that the Fifth District can see results soon.”

Congressman Hoyer secured the following Community Project Funding requests in the FY2023 Minibus Appropriations Package:

  • $500,000 for LifeStyles of Maryland Foundation, Inc. to support Phase III of the Southern Crossing project, which will renovate 13 transitional supportive housing units for 25 individuals to have access to safe and affordable housing. This program will also provide supportive services to the most underserved in our community such as financial management, credit repair, workforce development and behavioral health services that will help residents successfully transition to market rate rent at the successful completion of the program.
  • $1,000,000 for St. Mary’s College of Maryland funding to renovate College’s 30-year-old aquatic holding facility to meet the needs of the new and growing aquatic sciences program.
  • $750,000 for Anne Arundel County to renovate an historic County-owned schoolhouse that is home to the Ralph J. Bunche Community Center. These renovations are necessary to create a space that allows the community center to offer important programming and opportunities for the local community.
  • $1,000,000 for Historic Sotterley to address capital upgrades that would allow Sotterley to operate more efficiently and effectively as it serves the community.
  • $5,000,000 for the Maryland Department of Transportation to reconstruct Maryland Route 5 from Maryland Route 246 and 471, providing much needed relief for the local community traveling in and around the area.  
  • $1,311,000 for Prince George's County Fire & EMS to purchase water tanks for rural parts of the County that do not have an adequate water supply for use by the fire department.

Congressman Hoyer also secured the following projects in other appropriations bills reported by the House Appropriations Committee:

  • $400,000 for the juvenile pre-arrest diversion Fresh START Program designed to decriminalize behaviors while holding youth accountable, reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal charging process, and provide early intervention and services to youth impacted by trauma, mental health, and/or substance abuse needs. This funding will be used to increase staffing at the program to allow for increased capacity and enhancing the program’s services.
  • $593,150 for Prince George’s County Emergency Operations Center to replace the processor/controller to update the video wall to create a more secure EOC.
  • $246,000 for University of Maryland Global Campus to expand the University’s Peer Tutoring Program.
  • $950,000 for CalvertHealth Medical Center to purchase the DaVinci Surgical Robot. This will bring a state of the art, technological resources to our region’s surgeons as we work to improve the quality of care in our rural communities.
  • $2,000,000 for Fort Washington Medical Center’s Cardiovascular Center for Diabetic Patients. This funding will allow Fort Washington Medical Center to utilize additional resources as they engage the diabetic crisis in Prince George’s County and work to identify and prevent type II diabetes.
  • $100,000 for the Best Buddies in Maryland Inclusion Project for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to support chapters at 10 elementary, middle, or high schools throughout Maryland’s Fifth District.
  • $975,000 for MedStar St. Mary's Hospital to renovate the Behavioral Health Unit in order to advance the health of the local community and to bring additional resources to a historically underserved area.
  • $300,000 for End Hunger Calvert to introduce individuals with disabilities to culinary fundamentals while also integrating workplace readiness skills needed to gain and retain employment.
  • $2,000,000 Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) to bring KKI’s multi-disciplinary approach to a closer location to children in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties.

The FY2023 Minibus appropriations package now goes to the Senate for consideration. Funding for these projects was requested by Congressman Hoyer through the House Committee on Appropriations’ Community Project Funding process. Each Member is limited to no more than fifteen Community Project Funding requests. Combined earmarks are capped at 1% of all discretionary spending.

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