Rep. Titus Statement on Government Funding Bills
Washington, DC, December 18, 2019
December 17, 2019
Today Representative Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional district celebrated the House passage of H.R. 1865.
December 17, 2019
Today Representative Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional district celebrated the House passage of H.R. 1865. This funding bill includes no money to revive the dangerous Yucca Mountain project.
“I worked relentlessly with my colleagues in Nevada and in Congressional leadership to keep funding for Yucca Mountain out of these bills and we won that fight,” said Congresswoman Titus (NV-1). “The Trump Administration can keep trying to force Nevada to become the dumping ground for the nation’s nuclear waste, but we’ll keep pushing back harder.
“Meanwhile, I am pleased that this legislation extends funding for Brand USA to continue marketing Las Vegas to international travelers. We’ve also included provisions that safeguard families’ health care and economic security, promote the national defense, and protect animals.”
Congresswoman Titus was especially pleased to help secure many of her key legislative priorities in H.R. 1865 including:
• No funding for the revitalization of Yucca Mountain.
• Passage of Congresswoman Titus’s bipartisan RAWR Act which will make international wildlife trafficking a serious crime.
• The reauthorization of Brand USA through 2027. The program was set to expire next year.
• $25 million for gun violence research. This is the first time in over 20 years that such research has been funded.
• Permanent repeal of the “Cadillac Tax” on employer-sponsored health care plans.
• Strengthened anti-animal testing provisions at the VA that add cat and primate testing to the restrictions that previously only covered dogs.
• $41.7 billion for the National Institutes of Health to conduct life-saving medical research. This is a $2.6 billion increase from FY19, and the Trump Administration proposed cutting $4.9 billion from the agency.
• $3.4 billion for the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) to increase access to affordable housing and help low-income communities. This is a $100 million increase from FY19 and the Trump Administration proposed eliminating the program.
Additionally, Congresswoman Titus voted against H.R. 1158.
“I could not vote in good conscience to reward this Administration with over a billion dollars in border wall funding after they’ve stolen money from our troops to build an ineffective barrier,” said Congresswoman Titus (NV-1). “We must stand up stronger to Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.”