Clay Says $854 Billion Federal Spending Package Includes Increased Funding For Key Congressional Black Caucus Priorities
NOTE: The following, in its entirety, is a first-person
statement by Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) Missouri
WASHINGTON, DC –
Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) Missouri praised the just-signed $854 billion omnibus spending package that will fully fund many functions of the federal government through Fiscal Year 2019 and also includes some key spending priorities to address critical issues championed by the Congressional Black Caucus.
“We were able to reverse some of President Trump’s most damaging budget proposals that would have inflicted real damage on urban communities and minorities across this country,” said Mr. Clay. “I’m especially pleased that we were able to win $282 million for Historically Black Colleges and Universities; $10.1 billion for Project Head Start; $3.7 billion for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program; $1.7 billion for Job Corps; and $39.1 billion to fund life-saving research at the National Institutes of Health.”The spending agreement fully funds the departments of Defense, Labor, Education and Health & Human Services.