Rep. Titus Statement on Passage of House Funding Bills

Jun 19, 2019
Press Release

June 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Today Representative Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional District voted to pass a package of funding bills that did not include any money to support the licensing or construction of the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository. 

The spending package is the first set of FY2020 appropriations bills the House has considered this year and it includes the FY 2020 Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, Defense, State-Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development spending bills.

“We worked tirelessly to keep funding for Yucca Mountain out of this bill,” said Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). “Make no mistake: this is a major and decisive victory for Nevada. We will not allow the Trump Administration to make our state the dumping ground for the nation’s nuclear waste. 

“Meanwhile, we have made important investments to protect our clean air and water, promote lifesaving medical research, and safeguard this nation.”

Congresswoman Titus was especially pleased to help secure funding for many of her key legislative priorities including: 

  • $400 million for the Title X Family Planning Program (an increase of $114 million from the previous year) to ensure that accessible, affordable family planning and health care services remain available to disadvantaged populations
  • $150 million for Hispanic Serving Institutions (an increase of $26 million from the previous year) so that institutions like UNLV and CSN can continue to serve Southern Nevada’s diverse student population
  • Over $100 million to combat wildlife trafficking and poaching (an increase from around $90 million the previous year)
  • Over $11 million for the EPA’s Office of Science, Innovative Water Technologies Grant program, which is critical to water conservation work in the Colorado River Basin
  • $10 million for the United States Agency for International Development’s disability rights programming (an increase from $7.5 million the previous year)
  • $1 million for the State Department’s office of International Disability Rights (over twice the amount from the previous year)
  • The Global HER Act, which would permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule – a dangerous policy that prevents foreign organizations receiving U.S. assistance from providing information or services for legal abortion