Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement On Historic Omnibus Appropriations Agreement For FY2022March 9, 2022
Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement announcing a historic bipartisan Omnibus Appropriations Agreement for Fiscal Year 2022:
“We are pleased to announce that we have reached a historic bipartisan Omnibus Appropriations Agreement for the American people for the remainder of FY2022. This bipartisan agreement will help us address many of the major challenges we face at home and abroad: from COVID-19, to the vicious and immoral attack on Ukraine, to the need to lower costs for hardworking American families.
“First, the agreement will invest $13.6 billion in Emergency Supplemental funding for Ukraine security and humanitarian needs. The brave, freedom-loving people of Ukraine and our allies in the region will receive urgently needed investments to fight Vladimir Putin and the Russians’ illegal and immoral invasion.
“Second, the agreement will invest $15.6 billion in Emergency Supplemental funding for President Biden’s COVID-19 response to protect and treat against new variants, avoid shutdowns and fight the virus abroad. This makes it far more likely that if and when a new variant hits, the country will be able to maintain this new normal.
“Third, this Omnibus will increase funding for key domestic priorities, including a $400 increase to the maximum Pell Grant award, the establishment of President Biden’s new cancer research initiative known as ARPA-H, and so much more. And enacting the omnibus unlocks more federal funding under our Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – bringing transformational investments to roads, bridges, transit, water systems, airports, broadband and more across America. It will also invest in bipartisan Community Projects for the first time in over a decade.
“Finally, this historic legislation will carry major bipartisan legislation that has been in the making for years. The Violence Against Women Act, expired for too many years, will finally be reauthorized. New cybersecurity protections to fight against vicious cyber attacks to our infrastructure by Russia and other bad actors will also be incorporated.
“The agreement will execute the framework for FY2022 negotiated by Chairs DeLauro and Leahy and we thank them for their tireless leadership. We thank President Biden for his bold vision and all the members of the Appropriations Committee and the Republican leadership for working together on this historic legislation. We hope to pass this critical bipartisan legislation in both Chambers before the Continuing Resolution expires this Friday.”