Grassley-backed Provisions Receive Funding in Senate Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON – Several legislative efforts championed by U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa will receive continued or additional funding in the recently passed Senate Appropriations bill, which is the first one of its kind passed in more than a decade.
“This legislation will give a much-needed boost to many programs that directly impact the lives of Iowans and all Americans, like cancer research and education. It also takes how we’re spending taxpayer dollars into account; an old-fashioned practice in Congress. I’m glad to see a return to timely and more thorough consideration when it comes to congressional spending and hope it’s a continuing trend in the United States Senate.”
A portion of the bill’s funding will go to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Various Grassley initiatives will receive funding, including rural health care, cancer research, opioid addiction prevention and treatment, Alzheimer’s research, training for physicians and nurses and transparency in prescription drug pricing.
The bill also allots funds to the Department of Education, which will provide level funding for the Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act, the only federal program that provides dedicated funding to states, districts and institutions of higher education to develop curricula and implement teaching strategies to meet the unique needs of gifted and talented students, particularly disadvantaged students who often go unnoticed or are not being challenged in their current school.
This is the first appropriations bill to fund the Departments of Labor, Education or HHS outside of an omnibus since 2007.