House approves $1.3 trillion spending package 217-197 for 2021


The House on Friday approved a $1.3 trillion package of spending bills for the 2021 fiscal year.

The package, passed in a largely party-line 217-197 vote, included the Defense spending bill, as well as Labor-Health and Human Services-Education; Commerce-Justice-Science; Energy and Water; Financial Services and General Government; and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development measures.

The House has now approved all but two spending bills, though the remaining bills are not expected to receive floor consideration.

Over half the funds in the bill were devoted to defense. It includes a 3 percent pay increase for troops, $9.3 billion for 91 F-35 fighter jets, $22.3 billion for nine new Navy ships and $758 million to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on subcontractors in the defense industrial base.

The bill would also provide the Army with $1 million for renaming assets named for Confederate figures and block funding for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump campaign cancels ad buys to review messaging strategy: report Nunes declines to answer if he received information from Ukraine lawmaker meant to damage Biden Poll: Plurality of 'Gen Z' voters say they see more political ads from Trump than Biden MORE’s border wall.

Democrats included significant spending on COVID-19-related issues in the Labor and Health bill, including $5 billion in emergency spending for the National Institutes of Health and $9 billion in emergency funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Commerce-Justice-Science bill includes funding for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and would also provide nearly $600 million to implement a slew of police reforms in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

The Energy and Water portion ups funds for renewable energy, and would bar funds for nuclear weapons testing, an idea Trump floated restoring for the first time in 28 years.

Other portions of the package funded election security to the tune of $500 million, upped spending for IRS enforcement, and stripped restrictions on marijuana and abortion policy for the District of Columbia.

They added $26 billion to upgrade infrastructure, blocked a Trump administration rule barring undocumented immigrants from public housing, and mandated masks on public transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This package prioritizes the lives and livelihoods of the American people, and makes the strong investments needed to build a stronger future for every person,” said House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyHouse approves two child care bills aimed at pandemic House approves 9.5B spending package House panel wraps up lightning-fast appropriations for 2021 MORE (D-N. Y.)

Absent from the package for the second year in a row were bills covering Homeland Security and the Legislative branch.

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