Fiscal Year 2015 Program and Language Requests

Below are all of the program requests my office has submitted to the Appropriations Committee for Fiscal Year 2015.

Agriculture

Commodity Supplemental Food Program – The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a critical nutrition program that delivers food primarily to seniors, mothers and children. CSFP provides 588,000 nutritious food packages each month in 39 states and the District of Columbia. This year, 98 percent of all CSFP recipients are seniors with annual income levels at or below $15,171. We requested $208 million, which is equal to the President’s budget request.

Animal Welfare – Requested funding necessary to enforce the Animal Welfare Act, the Horse Protection Act, and the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act and other laws that require basic protections for millions of animals in our country.

Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) – WIC is a preventive public health nutrition program offering nutrition and breastfeeding education, nutritious foods, and healthcare and social services referrals to low-income pregnant and postpartum women, their infants, and children up to age 5.  We supported the President’s budget request for $6.8 billion for WIC.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) – The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) provides nutritious, American-grown commodities at no cost to low-income Americans in need of short-term hunger relief through organizations like food banks and pantries.  We supported a total of $424 million in 2015 for TEFAP.

Rural Utilities Service Electric Loan Program – Supported the President’s budget request that the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Electric Loan level should be set at $5 billion in FY2015.  RUS electric loans will return over $280 million to the Treasury in FY2015 and will finance vital electricity infrastructure.

Tree and Wood Pests Program – The Tree and Wood Pests program provides support for the USDA office Animal and Plant Inspection Services to combat the variety of issues brought on by invasive species, including the emerald ash borer.  We supported $91 million for this program in 2015.

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) – Congress granted the CFTC authority to oversee Wall Street speculation and profiteering in commodity trading.  Fully funding this agency at the level of $315 million for FY2015 is crucial to ensure that the CFTC can implement Dodd-Frank's derivatives reforms and protect consumers from spikes in commodity prices caused by Wall Street speculators.

Defense

Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) – PTAP is one of the most successful federal programs to assist small businesses.  Over 90 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers with almost 300 local offices throughout the nation provide the critical training and in-depth assistance small businesses need to succeed in defense and other government contracting.  We requested $36.5 million for PTAP in 2015.

Peer-Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (PRORP) – PRORP quickly develops focused clinical research through direct grants to research institutions. It helps military surgeons address the leading burden of injury and loss of fitness for military duty by finding new limb-sparing techniques to save injured extremities, avoid amputations, and preserve and restore the function of injured extremities.  We supported $30 million for this effort in 2015. 

Medical Care/Suicide Prevention and Outreach – We requested $20 million to continue the Department of Defense’s efforts to address suicide among our veteran population. 

Peer-Reviewed Breast Cancer Research – The Department of Defense Peer-Reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program has made significant scientific breakthroughs that have contributed to our understanding and treatment of breast cancer.  We supported $120 million for this effort in 2015. 

Ovarian Cancer Research Program – The Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program support high-impact innovative research that is leading to significant breakthroughs in the screening, detection, and treatment of ovarian cancer.  We supported $20 million for this effort in 2015.

Multiple Sclerosis Research Program – The Department of Defense Multiple Sclerosis Research Program invests in groundbreaking research to prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat MS.  We supported $10 million for this effort in 2015.

Tuberous Sclerosis Research Program – The Department of Defense Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program encourages innovative research aimed at understanding the pathogenesis of tuberous sclerosis complex and improving its diagnosis and treatment.  We supported $10 million for this effort in 2015.

Neurofibromatosis Research Program – The genetic information learned from the Department of Defense Neurofibromatosis Research Program holds the key to understanding a number of health issues that benefit the war fighter, as well as the general population, including cancer, bone fracture and repair, deafness, blindness, vascular disease, wound and nerve healing, learning disabilities and pain.  We supported $20 million for this effort in 2015.

Prostate Cancer Research – Research on prostate cancer will lead to better early diagnostic tools as well as better treatments and improvements to quality of life for prostate cancer survivors.  We supported $80 million for the Department of Defense Prostrate Cancer Research Program in 2015. 

Energy and Water

Facility for Rare Isotope Beams – Supported the President’s budget request for the Nuclear Physics program in the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and, in particular, the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB).  FRIB is a linear particle accelerator that is being constructed at Michigan State University.

Vehicle Technology Program – Supported the President’s budget request for the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technology Program which conducts research and development activity, leading to high volume commercialization of next generation vehicle technologies.

Office of Science – Supported the President’s budget request for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and the critical research, unique scientific facilities, and expert personnel that it supports.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy – Supported continued funding for the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and its critical programs that partner the federal government with industry, academia, and research facilities to secure America’s energy future.

State Energy Program – Requested $63 million for the Department of Energy’s State Energy Program, which allows states to take on a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects from starting rebate programs to encourage purchasing energy-saving appliances to efficiency improvements of hospitals and schools, to working with utilities and energy service companies to install wind, solar and energy efficiency projects.

Weatherization – Requested $227 million for the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled by improving the energy efficiency of their housing.

Financial Services

Drug Free Communities – The Drug Free Communities program is a proven and cost-effective way to prevent youth drug use.  DFC-funded coalitions are community-based, data driven, and require a dollar for dollar match in non-federal funds.  DFC-funded coalitions have reduced marijuana, alcohol and tobacco use to levels lower than the national average at statistically significant rates.  We requested $92 million for the Drug Free Communities Program in 2015.

Community Volunteer Income Tax Assistance – Community Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) matching grants help improve working families understanding of and access to federal tax credits, and increases tax compliance and e-filing rates.  VITA is staffed by trained volunteers who provide free tax preparation services to underserved populations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We supported the President’s budget request for this program. 

High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas – The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program coordinates and funds federal, state and local drug task forces to disrupt or dismantle drug trafficking organizations.  We supported $238 million for this effort in 2015.

Homeland Security

Prioritization of High Volume Ports – Requested a $250 million increase in funding for the purposes of constructing additional customs plazas and other infrastructure to facilitate trade at high volume ports of entry, such as the New International Trade Crossing Project linking Detroit and Canada.

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program – Requested sustained funding for the SAFER Grant program, which provides much-needed funding for career and volunteer fire departments to hire new firefighters, and recruit and retain volunteer firefighters.

Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program – Requested $340 million to provide sustained support for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.  This program is critical to ensuring that our nation's first responders are adequately trained and equipped to safely and effectively respond to emergencies in their communities.

Interior/Environmental Protection Agency

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) – The GLRI addresses vital environmental issues in the Great Lakes, such as cleaning up contaminated sediments, mitigating habitat degradation and loss, addressing invasive species such as the Asian carp, and protecting drinking water.  We requested $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. 

Clean Water Revolving Fund – Supported continued funding for the Clean and Safe Drinking Water Revolving Funds, which provide low-interest loans to states to help finance drinking water infrastructure improvements and water quality protection projects.

Multinational Species Conservation Fund – Supported sustained funding for the Multinational Species Conservation Fund which helps conserve tigers, elephants, rhinos, great apes, and marine turtles in their native habitats.

North American Wetlands Conservation Fund – Supported the President’s budget request for the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund (NAWCF).  NAWCA has been extremely effective in leveraging non-federal funds to protect, restore, and manage wetland habitat for migratory birds and wildlife.

National Parks System – Supported the President’s budget request for the National Park Service.

Fish and Wildlife Service State and Tribal Wildlife Grants – Supported the President’s budget request for the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants program, which is the nation’s core program to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered.

Land and Water Conservation Fund – Supported the President’s request for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  The LWCF has helped to ensure the permanent protection, recreational access, and maintenance of critical lands in our national forests, recreation areas, parks, wildlife refuges, Civil War battlefields, and historic sites.

Historic Preservation – Supported $55.9 million for the Historic Preservation Fund, which provides funding for the core historic preservation programs.

BEACH Act – BEACH Act grants help states and localities pay for water quality testing to ensure coastal waterways are safe for swimming. The elimination of the BEACH grant program could severely impact the health and safety of beachgoers and swimmers and impact the economies of our coastal communities.  We supported $9.8 million for Beach Act grants in 2015.

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) – The air quality initiatives advanced by DERA are critical to protecting the environment, accelerating new technologies, and improving public health. DERA funding is essential to replacing, upgrading, and improving older diesel engines so that diesel emissions are reduced and our air is cleaner and safer to breathe.  We requested $30 million for DERA for 2015.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) – NEH is the single most important source of federal support for the humanities and this investment advances critical U.S. interests by fostering a globally competitive workforce, strengthening civic engagement, preserving our cultural heritage, and protecting our national security.  We urge continued support for the NEH in 2015.

Labor/Health and Human Services

Head Start – Head Start is the most successful, longest running, national school readiness program in the United States. It provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low income children and their families.  We requested $8.8 billion for Head Start in 2015.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) – NIH research plays a key role in domestic job creation, economic growth, and in bettering the lives of millions of Americans.  This request supports a funding level of at least $32 billion for FY2015, which we believe is vital in order for NIH to sustain its mission of improving health through medical science breakthroughs and maintaining international leadership in science and biomedical research.

Social Security – This request supports providing Social Security with $12.7 billion for general operating costs, the amount needed to ensure that Americans receive their Social Security benefits on time and in full.

Pell Grants – The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to undergraduate and certain post baccalaureate students to promote access to postsecondary education.  We urged that the Appropriations Committee provide the funding requested in the President’s budget for this program.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – IDEA was originally enacted by Congress in 1975 to ensure that children with disabilities have the opportunity to receive a free appropriate public education.  When IDEA passed, the federal government made a pledge to states and school districts to pay 40 percent of the cost, but has fallen well short of this commitment.  We urge support in 2015 for IDEA to put us on the path to full federal funding within ten years.

21st Century Community Learning Centers – Supported $1.2 billion in funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers to increase the number of quality afterschool programs available to low-income children and families. Afterschool programs keep kids safe, improve academic performance, and help working families.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) – The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides vital aid to low income families across the nation to ensure they stay healthy and secure during cold winters and hot summers.  We requested $4.7 billion for LIHEAP in 2015.

Refugee and Entrant Assistance – The Office of Refugee Resettlement provides new populations with the opportunity to maximize their potential in the United States. Funds are provided to states and NGOs to assist with the rehabilitation of victims of torture, human trafficking, and the care and placement of unaccompanied migrant children. These programs offer transitional and medical services, social services, preventive health, and other targeted assistance to help persons develop into productive U.S citizens.  We supported the President’s budget request for this effort.

Nursing Workforce Development – Nursing Workforce Development programs support the supply and distribution of qualified nurses to meet our nation’s healthcare needs.  We supported $251 million in 2015 for this effort.

Title VII Health Professions Programs – Title VII programs provide education and training opportunities to health care professionals, both preparing them for careers and bringing health care services to rural and underserved communities.  We requested $280 million for this effort in 2015.

Holocaust Survivor Fund – We supported the President’s budget request for the Holocaust Survivor Assistance Fund which would leverage public-private partnership opportunities with nonprofits, foundations, and the private sector to address the urgent needs of the Survivor population and the non-profit organizations that support them.

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control – This request supports $25 million for the National Violent Death Reporting System so that all 50 states can collect surveillance data on trends and characteristics of violent deaths within communities.  This request also supports $10 million for the Centers on Disease Control to perform basic research on firearm related violence as it interacts with public health.

Gun Violence Prevention Funding – This request supports the President’s budget request of $10 million for research on the causes and prevention of gun violence.

Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Program Payments (CHGME) – This calls for sufficient funding for the CHGME program to support strengthening the pediatric healthcare workforce.

Community Health Center Program – This requests $5.1 billion in funding in 2015 for the Health Center program in order to continue ongoing operations & extend high quality, cost-effective primary care to 11 million new patients through expansion of services and capacity at existing health centers & creation of new centers.

Family Planning – Title X is the only federal program dedicated to providing family planning services for low-income patients.  For millions of men and women, Title X health centers are the only source for access to preventive care, including cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and domestic violence counseling, as well as family planning services.  This request supports $327 million for the Title X family planning program in 2015.

Healthy Start – Healthy Start funds a network of 105 community-based programs in urban and rural areas and is designed to reduce infant mortality and the incidence of low-birth weight babies, and support disadvantaged pregnant women.  Healthy Start programs serve pregnant women and families by providing outreach, home visits, case management, health education, depression screening and other effective approaches to ensure the birth of a healthy child.  This request supports $103.5 million for this program in 2015.

Office of Museum Services – The Office of Museum Services funds educational programming for students and learners of all ages, capacity building, preservation of important collections, community engagement, crucial technology upgrades and data collection in over 17,500 museums nationwide.  This request expresses support for continued resources to this program.

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs

Medical Care/Suicide Prevention and Outreach – We requested $20 million to continue the Department of Veterans Affairs efforts to address suicide among our veteran population. 

Veterans Medical and Prosthetic Research – VA medical and prosthetic research and development programs are essential to improving the health and quality of life of veterans, but will also benefit millions of Americans. VA research teams have achieved major biomedical breakthroughs, developed new technologies to prevent, treat, and diagnose diseases, and found better ways to deliver care. This supports the President’s budget request of $589 million for this program in 2015. 

Department of State and Foreign Operations

Department of State Global Health Programs – This requests $4.88 billion in 2015 to support the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and $1.35 billion to support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

International Basic Education – Today 57 million children and 69 million adolescents are not in school worldwide.  This request supports basic education programs which represent a low-cost way to help alleviate poverty through economic growth, while building markets for U.S. exports and enhancing stability and security worldwide. 

Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition – This is a request to continue resources for the Maternal and Children Health (MCH) and Nutrition accounts in the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2015. 

International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement Demand Reduction Program – This requests $12.5 million in FY 2015 to ensure that the INL Demand Reduction program can continue to develop trainings, technical assistance and mechanisms to bring the most effective substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery support services including anti-drug coalition development to Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

Bangladesh – This requests that $3 million be made available for programs to improve labor conditions by strengthening the capacity of independent workers' organizations in Bangladesh's readymade garment, shrimp, and fish export sectors.

Middle East Regional Cooperation – This requests $5 million for the Middle East Regional Cooperation program, which fosters direct scientific cooperation between Arabs and Israelis. These competitive, peer-reviewed grants have produced cutting-edge research to eliminate diseases prevalent in the region, improve crop management in local desert climates, and advance new water reclamation technologies.

Peace Corps Funding – This supports $400 million for Peace Corps, enabling Americans to serve their country in the name of peace through unparalleled grassroots diplomacy.

Transportation/Housing and Urban Development

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program – This request supports a funding level of $3.3 billion for Community Development Block Grants for FY15. CDBG provides grants on a formula basis to cities, counties, and states to help meet the needs especially of low- and moderate-income communities.

Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) – This supports the President’s budget request for HUD-VASH, which combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers (VAMCs) and community-based outreach clinics.

Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant Program – TIGER is a nationwide competitive grant program that creates jobs by funding investments in transportation infrastructure by states, local governments, and transit agencies. This supports the $1.25 billion request in the President’s budget for TIGER in 2015. 

Housing Counseling Assistance Program (HCAP) – This supports the President’s budget request for HCAP, which provides education to prospective homebuyers and renters, advice to seniors considering a reverse mortgage, and connects homeowners with alternatives to foreclosure.