August 01, 2020
Week 31 (July 26)
Weekly Wrap Up
Week 31 (July 26)
The House has been working around the clock to provide critical COVID-19 relief. House Members continue to urge our Senate colleagues to work with us and help save American lives and livelihoods. This week, the House passed the National Museum of the American Latino Act to establish a museum in the Smithsonian Institution to highlight Latino contributions to the story of the United States. The House also passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), an infrastructure bill that creates jobs, and Sami’s Law, a bill to protect ride-share passengers. Additionally, the House passed the Child Care is Essential Act and Child Care for Economic Recovery Act, bills to support child care providers and invest in our nation’s child care system. Finally, the House passed a six bill “minibus” appropriations package—H.R. 7617—consisting of the fiscal year 2021 Defense, Commerce-Justice-Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Service and General Government, Labor-HHS-Education, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development appropriations bills. Included in this package was Congressman Correa’s Trahan-Correa Amendment which protected local control over school districts by preventing the Administration from withholding federal funding to school districts that remained this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This Week’s Work This week, Congressman Correa:
- Question Attorney General William Barr about the Administration’s unconstitutional efforts to harm the 2020 census.
- Asked the Director of USCIS why the Administration had stopped accepting new applications for DACA after being directed to do so by the Supreme Court.
- Congressman Correa said goodbye to colleague and American Civil Rights icon, Congressman John Lewis.
- Congressman Correa’s Trahan-Correa Amendment to protect local control over school districts passed the House.
This Week’s Votes This week, House Democrats passed: H.R. 7617 – Defense, Commerce, Justice, Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Homeland Security, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act of 2021. Division A (Defense) provides $694.6 billion in new discretionary spending authority to the Department of Defense for operations and maintenance, readiness activities, research and development, equipment modernization, and health and quality-of-life programs for our troops and military families.
Division B (Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies) provides $71.473 billion in discretionary budget authority for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other related agencies.
- Provides $157.7 billion in base funding for active, reserve and National Guard military personnel, a decrease of $1.2 billion below the budget request and an increase of $7.5 billion above the FY 2020 enacted level.
- Prohibits the use of Defense funds for the President’s border wall at our troops’ expense, and requires that any unobligated funds that were taken for the border wall in fiscal year 2020 be returned to their original accounts and used for the original purposes for which they were appropriated by Congress.
- Provides full funding necessary to support the proposed 3.1 percent military pay raise.
Division C (Energy and Water Development) provides $49.6 billion to spur energy innovation that will create jobs and reinvigorate the economy while working to mitigate and adapt to climate change, improve the nation’s water infrastructure, and strengthen national security.
- Provides $9.54 billion for the Commerce Department including $1.68 billion for the Census Bureau and $5.45 billion for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
- Provides $33.2 billion in funding for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to help ensure civil rights and reform police practices throughout the country, including $400 million for grants to carry out police reform initiatives such as pattern and practice investigations and independent investigation of law enforcement.
- Adds new language prohibiting funding for law enforcement for crowd control, unless such law enforcement wears clearly visible identification showing their agency affiliation.
Division D (Financial Services and General Government) provides $24.64 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of the Treasury, the Judiciary, the Executive Office of the President, and other independent agencies, including the Small Business Administration.
- The bill provides a total of $41 billion for the Department of Energy, including $2.85 billion for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
- Prohibits funding for nuclear weapons testing.
- Provides $7.46 billion for nuclear cleanup work at 16 sites across the country.
- Provides a total of $7.63 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, including $2.6 billion for construction, $3.84 billion for operation and maintenance, and $1.68 billion for Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund projects.
Division E (Labor-HHS-Education) provides $196.5 billion in overall funding to support some of the nation’s most critical programs that touch individuals and families throughout their lifespan, from Early Head Start to Social Security.
- Provides $61 billion for broadband infrastructure and $6 billion for the modernization of Federal buildings.
- Provides $12.1 billion for the IRS, which includes $2.6 billion for Taxpayer Services and $5.2 billion for Enforcement.
- Includes new language making DACA recipients eligible for Federal employment.
- Includes a provision to prohibit the use of funds from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund for the construction of the President’s border wall.
Division F (Transportation-Housing and Urban Development) provides $158.3 billion in base budgetary resources for the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other related agencies, including the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.
- Provides $24.425 billion in emergency spending to rebuild this nation’s aged public health infrastructure. This funding will support State and local public health departments, public health laboratories, and global health activities, which is critical to national resilience from this and future public health threats.
- Includes a new provision to block the Administration’s new regulation that would allow discrimination in health and health education programs against individuals based on LGBTQ status.
H.R. 4686 – Sami’s Law – requires each transportation network company (TNC) to establish a system and policy for passengers to digitally verify the driver with whom they’ve been matched, and establish an advisory council for the purpose of developing recommended performance standards for successor technology that will protect TNC passengers and TNC drivers. H.R. 7575 – Water Resources Development Act of 2020 – Responds to local water resource needs and ensures continued Congressional oversight over the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
- Consistent with the INVEST in America Act, the bill includes budgetary resources for surface transportation programs totaling $78.7 billion.
- In addition, the legislation provides $75 billion to support the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic by investing in our nation’s transportation and housing infrastructure.
- Blocks the administration’s public housing rule change targeting undocumented immigrants, which threatens the housing of 55,000 children who are citizens or legal residents.
- Improves U.S. water resource infrastructure by authorizing the construction of all 34 pending Corps Chief’s Reports, 35 feasibility studies, five comprehensive river basin studies, and expediting the completion of 41 existing feasibility studies.
- Requires the Corps to complete its review on minority community and tribal consultation, as well as update Corps’ policies on environmental justice considerations and community engagement and consultation.
- Creates additional flexibility for the Corps to address the water resources needs of economically disadvantaged communities, communities of color, and rural communities.
- Establishes the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys to study and make recommendations to address social problems affecting Black men and boys.
H.R. 7027 – Child Care Is Essential Act – Stabilizes the child care sector and supports providers to safely reopen and operate.
- Establishes the National Museum of the American Latino in the Smithsonian Institution to illuminate Latino contributions to the story of the United States.
H.R. 7327 – Child Care for Economic Recovery Act – Supports workers and the economy through improved access to quality child care during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Creates a new, $50 billion Child Care Stabilization Fund within the existing Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program.
- Requires employers to keep child care workers on the payroll.
- Facilitates relief from copayments and tuition.
- Promotes health and safety through compliance with public health guidance.
- Enhances the child and dependent care tax credit (CDCTC) by making it refundable, allowing many low- and middle-income families to claim it for the first time.
- Creates a 50 percent refundable payroll tax credit for child care providers.
Catch Us In The News
- Congressman Correa questioned USCIS’s decision to limit new DACA applications following the Supreme Court’s ruling to restore the program.
- During an oversight hearing with Attorney General Barr, Congressman Correa asked why Administration attacking the integrity of the 2020 Census.
- Congressman Correa supports new legislation to expand childcare services and help working families during the pandemic.
What We’re Reading
- NBC | After almost 20 years of hard work, Congress finally approved the creation of a Latino Smithsonian Museum.
- USA Today | To protect 250,000 jobs and billions of dollars of economic development, Congress includes critical banking reform for legal cannabis companies in COVID-19 relief package.
- Wall Street Journal | Latino business owners have been disproportionally affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Many aren’t aware or don’t qualify for assistance.
Looking Ahead Congressman Correa is back in Washington next week to keep working for the people of Orange County. With federal unemployment benefits set to expire, he’ll be working with his colleagues across the aisle to help struggling families across the country. Check back next week to learn more about how Congressman Correa is fighting for Orange County.