From Investing in Affordable Housing to Supporting Veterans to Increasing Nonprofit Security Grant Program Funding, Rosen’s Priorities Included in Major Bill That Passed Senate Tonight
Bipartisan Package Also Provides 2.7% Pay Raise for Troops, $14 Billion in Assistance for Ukraine to Combat Russian Aggression
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) announced major wins for Nevada in the bipartisan government funding bill for Fiscal Year 2022 that passed the U.S. Senate tonight. Senator Rosen led requests to secure funding for critical programs that will provide affordable housing, support Nevada veterans, invest in fire suppression, boost the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), enhance cybersecurity, expand opportunities in STEM, and more.
The bipartisan package Senator Rosen voted for tonight also included a 2.7% pay raise for American troops, nearly $14 billion in emergency security assistance for Ukraine, and a significant increase in funding for VA health care. In addition, it includes a Rosen-backed provision that will send $250 million to Brand USA to help promote U.S. travel and tourism abroad.
“This bipartisan funding package will create good-paying jobs, lower costs for hardworking families, and provide a well-deserved pay raise to our troops while delivering critical security assistance to Ukraine,” said Senator Rosen. “I’m proud to have secured major wins in this legislation to make robust investments in affordable housing, schools, workforce training, and health care for Nevada. I’m also pleased to have secured a major funding increase for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, allocated resources for the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, and provided critically important security assistance to Israel, including a much-needed replenishment of Iron Dome.”
These investments are in addition to the $93.8 million in Community Project Funding for 52 Nevada programs and construction projects that Senators Rosen and Cortez Masto secured in this legislation and announced earlier this week.
Senator Rosen led or co-led efforts to secure the following provisions in the government funding bill passed by the U.S. Senate tonight:
- ZERO funding for nuclear waste disposal at Yucca Mountain.
- $166 million for NeighborWorks to address the housing crisis and lower housing costs with affordable housing assistance.
- $50 million for the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program (HUD-VASH), which provides affordable housing vouchers to help homeless veterans. This is an increase of $10 million from the previous year.
- More than $3 billion for fire suppression to help mitigate structural damages caused by wildfires and potentially save lives.
- $49 million for the Bureau of Land Management’s National Conservation Lands and cultural resources protection efforts.
- $23.8 million to continue implementation of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act, which has supported the restoration of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area for decades.
- $250 million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, an increase of $70 million compared to the previous year. The funding allocated by this program will support nonprofit organizations most at risk so that religious and community-based organizations have the resources and tools they need to protect themselves, and worship without fear.
- $6.8 million for the Cybersecurity and Education Training Assistance Program, which will build and strengthen a national cybersecurity workforce by supporting cybersecurity education through a program codified by Senator Rosen’s bipartisan PROTECT Act. This bill passed the Senate and was signed into law in 2020 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.
- $1 million for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (WAMS) program, which supports increasing the number of women and minorities from rural areas who will pursue a postsecondary degree in STEM disciplines. This is a 150% increase over the previous year.
- $11 million for the Pediatric Mental Health Care Access program, a $1 million increase over the previous year.
- $16 million for Junior ROTC STEM training and education, a $3 million increase over the previous year for a program created by Senator Rosen’s bipartisan PROMOTES Act, which passed the Senate and was signed into law in 2020 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.
- $210 million for the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, which helps high school dropouts and at-risk youth get their lives back on track.
- $5.1 million for NOAA Regional Climate Centers – one of which is located in Reno – a $500,000 increase over the previous year.
- $2 million for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s to implement Senator Rosen’s bipartisan Never Again Education Act, which was signed into law last year and established a dedicated federal fund to provide teachers with resources and training necessary to teach students the important lessons of the Holocaust.
- $2 million for the U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Program, which supports cybersecurity research and strengthening U.S.-Israel cybersecurity cooperation.
- $1 million for the State Department’s Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, which is responsible for developing and implementing policies and projects to combat global antisemitism by working closely with foreign governments, intergovernmental organizations, and civil society.
- $37 million for the USDA’s Rural Business Development Grant program, which supports the development and growth of rural small and emerging businesses.