WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) released the following statement today after the House of Representatives passed a second package of appropriations bills, which includes Commerce, Justice, Science; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration; Interior, Environment; Military Construction, Veterans Affairs; Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development appropriations bills:
"I'm pleased that the House passed a second package of appropriations bills today, which fund important programs that impact the lives of families in Maryland. I worked hard to ensure that language was included to prevent USDA from relocating the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) outside of the National Capital Region. The proposed relocation will disrupt the important work being done by hardworking federal employees at these agencies, uproot families, and undermine morale.
“The legislation also includes funding to improve the safety and reliability of WMATA, which is critically important to Maryland commuters and all Americans who visit our region. There is also funding for the construction of the Purple Line in Maryland.
“Additionally, the legislation fully funds several NASA missions that the President proposed to eliminate in his budget, including the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, and Ocean Ecosystem Program (PACE) Program, which operates out of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and supports many good-paying jobs in the Fifth District.
“I'm also pleased that the legislation provides funding for efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries as well as resources for NOAA's Sea Grant Program, which funds research to study the health of the Chesapeake Bay and supports educational programs that raise awareness of the importance of our coastal waters.
“By the end of this week, the House will pass ten appropriations bills, funding 96% of the government before the end of June. I am working hard to ensure the House completes its work to fund government, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to work with us to ensure that we prevent another Trump Shutdown at the end of the fiscal year.”