Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-01), a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Foreign Affairs Committee, and House Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement after voting to pass the first in a series of bills to secure government funding for Fiscal Year 2023.
Washington, DC – Today Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-01), a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Foreign Affairs Committee, and House Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement after voting to pass H.R. 8294, the first in a series of bills to secure government funding for Fiscal Year 2023. This bill will provide essential resources for people and businesses across Southern Nevada. It passed with a vote of 220-207.
“This Minibus appropriations agreement makes investments in key priorities at home. I’m proud to have led the charge for advancements in several areas, including animal protections and nuclear storage, that I have spent the last decade in Congress working on.
“It also includes the first $11,650,200 for six of the Community Project Funding requests I secured for District One that will improve pedestrian safety and maximize Las Vegas’s water resources.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to ensure these investments are maintained in a final package that goes to the President’s desk.”
This government funding legislation includes significant investments to:
Safeguarding Wild Horses: Secured $11,000,000 for the administration of and research on reversible immunocontraceptive fertility control. This will ensure that the Wild Horse and Burro Program’s herd management is administered in a safe and humane manner that does not jeopardize the welfare of these animals.
Consent-Based Approach to Nuclear Storage: Secured language that directs the Department of Energy to undertake a consent-based approach when identifying a site for a federal interim storage facility so state, local, and tribal governments will not be forced against their will to store nuclear waste
Preventing Harmful Dog and Cat Testing: Secured language that prohibits the VA from conducting painful, distressing, and unnecessary dog or cat research.
Protecting the Lake Tahoe Basin: Secured funding for a variety of programs to protect Lake Tahoe’s biodiversity. This includes watershed restoration and vegetation management, forest health and hazardous fuel reduction, wildfire response infrastructure, and invasive species management.
Bolstering the Protection of International Disability Rights: Secured additional funding for the Office of the Special Advisor for International Disability Rights to ensure that the United States is a leading global voice for the rights of persons with disabilities regardless of the country they live in.
Increasing Access to the Community Development Financial Institution Fund: Secured $10,000,000 in financial assistance, technical assistance, training, and outreach to benefit individuals with disabilities.
Addressing the Needs of Women Veterans: Secured over $900,000,000 for comprehensive care delivery for women veterans. Additionally, secured $274,383,000 for the construction of military child development centers.
Resources for the Colorado River Basin: Secured an additional $3 million for programs impacting the Colorado River Basin, which is supported in part by Lake Mead. Considering the Bureau of Reclamation’s announcement for Basin states to reduce water usage, this additional funding will help support drought reduction and other critical efforts in the Basin.
Community Project Funding Requests Championed by Congresswoman Titus include:
$3,575,200 for the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada for Pedestrian Collision Avoidance System. This project will fund pedestrian detection and collision avoidance systems on more than 350 transit vehicles. This equipment will improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders through real-time alerts for drivers.
$3,000,000 for the City of Las Vegas for Stewart Avenue Complete Streets. This project will support the installation of a two-way cycle track, sidewalk widening and ADA accessibility, upgraded lighting, bus stop improvements, landscaping, and prediction technologies. This investment will transform Stewart Avenue into a multimodal space that better serves the needs of residents and businesses.
$2,000,000 for the Clark County Water Reclamation District for a Reclaimed Water Infrastructure Project. This project will support the removal of old water lines (including asbestos-containing pipes) and the installation of new water lines, meters, and valves. These upgrades will ensure that Las Vegans continue to have access to reclaimed water and that existing water resources are maximized.
$1,960,000 for the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada for Standalone Solar Lighting. This project will fund the installation of solar lighting at 500 bus stops in disadvantaged areas throughout the Las Vegas Valley. This will improve security for passengers, allow riders to more easily identify bus stops, and assist drivers in recognizing individuals waiting for the bus.
$650,000 for UNLV for a Cyber Clinic for Small Businesses. This project will create a free cyber clinic to mitigate cybersecurity issues that small businesses are typically underprepared for. The clinic will hire cybersecurity students, train them with the appropriate skills, and offer essential cybersecurity services and counseling to small businesses free of charge
$465,000 for the U.S. Capitol Historical Society for Civics Digital Resource Development. This project will create new digital resources to ensure that students across the country learn about the Capitol and Congress. Civic engagement is vitally important for our nation’s youth.