WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) released the following statement this evening after voting to pass the bipartisan Omnibus appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2022. This package includes funding for all ten Community Project Funding requests submitted by Congressman Hoyer. When assembling the 2022 Fiscal Year Omnibus, the House Committee on Appropriations asked Members to submit up to ten projects for their districts. As part of that process, Congressman Hoyer solicited requests on his website and submitted ten projects to the Appropriations Committee. Each Member is limited to no more than ten Community Project Funding requests.
“Today, I was proud to bring a funding package to the House Floor that reflects the highest priorities of our state and allows the government to govern responsibly,” said Congressman Hoyer. “This legislation is extremely important for our hardworking families across the Fifth District, and I was proud to cast my vote to expand child care and early learning programs, invest in our schools and small businesses, create more opportunities for job growth and economic possibility across our state, and much more. Thanks to the work of House Democrats on this funding bill, Marylanders will benefit from more affordable health care and our country will have the tools it needs to take an offensive stance against the existential threat of the climate crisis.”
“I am particularly proud that this year’s Omnibus legislation includes funding for key Fifth District priorities that will create jobs and meet the needs of families right here at home,” continued Congressman Hoyer. “With this package, we can strengthen Metro, improve mental health services and telehealth options, expand educational programs for our schools, clean up our waterways, and give our communities stronger economic pathways to get ahead. This legislation now heads to the Senate, and it is my hope that Senators act quickly to send this full package to President Biden’s desk for signature and avoid a government shutdown.”
Congressman Hoyer championed funding for ten projects that will directly benefit the residents of Maryland’s Fifth District. These include:
- $4 million for Prince George’s County Department of Health to construct a pediatric telehealth network in 100 Prince George’s County public schools and provide mental health services to students.
- $2 million for the city of Bowie to fund water infrastructure projects.
- $2 million for St. Mary's County to dredge St. Patrick's Creek to the authorized level.
- $1.35 million for the Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department to fund water tanks.
- $925,000 for Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital, a non-profit, to upgrade their behavioral health unit that provides mental health services.
- $900,000 to the St. Mary's College of Maryland to purchase a research vessel and associated equipment to be used by their new marine sciences program.
- $750,000 for Historic Sotterly to address critical restoration and deferred maintenance.
- $750,000 for Bowie State University for their Institute for Restorative Justice that will focus on training staff, faculty, and community members on restorative justice and practices.
- $500,000 for the College of Southern Maryland to upgrade equipment in the health education program.
- $160,000 for Lifestyles of Maryland to provide wrap-around services for residents at the Southern Crossing transitional housing project in Charles County.
The legislation now goes to the Senate Floor for final passage. 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 ten Community Project Funding requests. Combined earmarks are capped at 1% of all discretionary spending.