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Cuellar Votes for House Passage of Government Funding Legislation

Omnibus helps lower the cost of living for working families, creates American jobs, and supports the vulnerable Provides urgent funding to support Ukraine

Washington | Dana Youngentob, DC Press Secretary (202-340-9148) | Jose Sanz, District Press Secretary (956)-725-0639, March 10, 2022

Washington, DC—House Appropriations member, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28),voted for the passage of H.R. 2471, the legislation consisting of all 12 fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills and supplemental funding to support Ukraine.

“The legislation passed will provide vital funding for projects in South Texas that improve the standard of living for our neighbors, create jobs, and improve the safety of our communities,” said Congressman Cuellar, the Vice Chair of the Homeland Security subcommittee and the only Texas Democratic member on the Appropriations committee. “I am excited to travel our district sharing our wins with the community and will continue to prioritize the needs of south Texans in each government funding package.”

H.R. 2471 provides $1.5 trillion in discretionary resources across the 12 fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills. It furthers House Democrats’ commitment to investing For The People.

In total, the regular 12 appropriations bills include $730 billion in non-defense funding, a $46 billion increase over fiscal year 2021. This 6.7 percent increase in non-defense funding is the largest in four years. The bills also provide $782 billion in defense funding – an increase of $42 billion, 5.6 percent, over fiscal year 2021.

The appropriations provisions:

  • Help working families with the cost of living by expanding child care and early learning programs to serve more working families, investing in America’s high-poverty schools and students with disabilities, expanding access to homeownership, and bringing the promise of rural broadband to more communities.
  • Create American jobs, putting people to work rebuilding our infrastructure, helping small businesses grow and thrive, fostering sustainable energy jobs, and supporting high-quality job training and apprenticeship programs so every American can contribute and succeed.
  • Support the vulnerable by meeting Americans’ basic needs, by strengthening nutrition assistance, funding more affordable housing, and addressing gender-based violence.

In addition to the 12 fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills, the funding legislation contains two supplemental funding bills, providing $13.6 billion to support Ukraine. 

The text of the spending package, H.R. 2471, is available here. Explanatory statements are available here. A full summary of the 12 regular appropriations bills is here. A summary of the Ukraine supplemental is here and a one-page fact sheet is here

Individual subcommittee summaries and one-page fact sheets are below: