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Leahy releases $1.7 trillion spending bill

Sen. Patrick Leahy, Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, yesterday released the $1.7 trillion Omnibus Spending Bill. Spending allocations include:

  • $858 billion in defense spending
  • $772.5 billion for non-defense discretionary programs, including $118.7 billion – a 22 percent increase – for VA medical care
  • $44.9 billion in emergency assistance to Ukraine and NATO allies. For a top-line review of major spending items prepared by Sen. Leahy’s committee, see Highlights Document FY23.

Other highlights of the package include:

Funding for bipartisan priorities including $58.7 billion for programs authorized by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act; $1.8 billion in new funding to implement the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act of 2022; and $5 billion for the Cost of War Toxic Exposures Fund to implement the landmark PACT Act.

  • Making bold investments in health care and research including $47.5 billion for the National Institutes of Health, $9.2 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $1.5 billion for ARPA-H (the President’s bold initiative to fight cancer), and $950 million for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.
  • Supporting nutrition programs including a $13.4 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, $28.5 billion for Child Nutrition Programs, and $6 billion for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.
  • Providing housing assistance including $3.6 billion for Homeless Assistance Grants, $2 billion for the Rural Housing Service, $1.5 billion for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, $1.435 billion for the Housing for the Elderly and Housing for Persons with Disabilities program, and new incremental Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers to support over 11,700 additional low-income households.
  • Investing in education including increasing the maximum Pell Grant award to $7,395, $18.387 billion for Title I-A grants, and $1.2 billion for TRIO to support more than 800,000 low-income first generation students get into college and succeed when they’re there.
  • Supporting child care by investing $7.67 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, and nearly $12 billion for Head Start.
  • Providing $5 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help families address the rising cost of energy.
  • A record $700 million for combatting violence against women.

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  1. The door can not hit him where the good Lord split him soon enough ! Do you suppose he knows how to get back to Vermont after all these years of leisurely mucking around in the swamp ? Question, Now that Moe has retired, are our Three Stooges to be known as Larry, Curly, and She Moe ? (Shemoe)

  2. This will never get passed, there is to much spending that has nothing to do with defense especially more money to the Ukraine, ridiculous. How much dirt does the Ukraine have on the Bidens.

  3. Leahy should not have submitted that fraud on us. I bet he will laugh all the way to VT. Maybe take the same empty plane Welch took, or is he flying in a private like all his crooked buddies.

  4. Just numbers on a spread sheet with nothing to back it up except a few printing presses. The same as your bank account if you’re lucky enough to have one these days. Where’s the beef, $31 Trillion in national debt already and funneling billions to the money laundering Ukraine with no accounting where the money goes, all smoke and mirrors to launder some more cash into the members of the uniparty in DC and the corruptocrats in the Ukraine where Mr. Big got his 10% cut from Hunter’s cash cow dealings there and in China. Numbers on a sheet of paper just like your paycheck, actually with no value if the system gores down. If you have some cash, you’d be better off keeping it at home in a safe place. Will Pat dust off the cobwebs in the old farm and return to Vermont? My guess is no, he hasn’t lived here for decades.

  5. He has to further our great grandchildren’s financial ruin before he leaves. He has been an absolute disaster. The only problem is that Welch is an just like him. Another lying, disingenuous, financially irresponsible, political hack who seeks to corruptly gain wealth in office while we all get poor because of their bad decisions. Good riddance Pat, and I wish we could say the same to Pete. It should 100 percent be illegal to sign a bill you have not read.

      • They, the Marxists, aren’t hiding any part of their agenda. Punishing Americans at every step. From covid restrictions to taxing the living hell out of us to pay for it.
        None of it applies to the illegal alien invasion though.
        Evil is smiling.
        VT is leading the country down the path to Marxism.
        Don’t think so ? Article 22 passed in every community. We have a Governor that can’t define the word Woman, supports the destruction of the unborn up to the moment of Birth, pushes the race baiting agenda to create division, and will do nothing to protect Students. He signed illegal and unconstitutional Gun Laws that make it easier and more likely that criminals will attack law abiding Vermonters.
        Scott is at least partly responsible for putting Girls in our schools at risk from males in their lockers and bathrooms.
        The Marxists in the legislature, and the transrepubliucans that support them are complicit in the destruction of the Family unit.
        There are many Vermonters that see the truth. They will step up for and protect themselves and their families.
        Scott supports Biden and the democrat agenda. Every time Republican Governors step up to call Biden and the democrats out, Scott has chosen to support Biden.

  6. Phil Scott is a Communist. Should be tried for treason. Also you forgot the Chinese money he’s in on with Shumlin…. Absolutely disgusting

  7. Drop kick us all in the wallet while heading to pasture Pat…thanks a lot . Don’t trip over the hog troth on the way out.

  8. Leahy will be much like Harry Reid, drew a government salary his entire life and ” somehow ” retires a multi- millionaire……….go figure

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