Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations
Committee, on Wednesday released the following statement after U.S. Senate
passage of the fiscal year 2023 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which will support
Connecticut priorities, make investments in gun violence prevention, increase access
to mental health care, fund programs for under-resourced communities, promote
national security, and make important reforms to the Electoral Count Act of
“Part of my job on the
Appropriations Committee is making sure the budget we write funds Connecticut
priorities. On top of the $236 million for local projects in Connecticut, this
budget makes major investments in upgrading the Northeast Corridor, combating
gun violence, supporting schools and under-resourced communities, and giving
Connecticut manufacturers a major boost. It also includes my legislation to
ensure the Housatonic River and the Highlands are protected for generations to
come. This bill includes bipartisan mental health legislation I authored with a
Republican colleague – reauthorizing and expanding many of the programs we
created in 2016 – and also sends a clear signal that the United States remains
steadfast in our support for the people of Ukraine, who have spent the last ten
months at war,” said Murphy.
Murphy added: “I’m also
proud to have helped write the bipartisan legislation included in this bill
that will reform the archaic process Congress uses to certify presidential
elections and safeguard against future attempts to overturn the results of a
fair election. Reforming the electoral count process won’t protect American
democracy from all the threats we face, but it will help restore faith in our
Murphy, Chairman of the U.S.
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, released a
statement on the fiscal year 2023 Homeland Security bill. Murphy and Blumenthal
inclusion of $236 million for community-based projects in Connecticut,
including over $100 million for 99 projects requested by Murphy and Blumenthal.
Some highlights of the
omnibus appropriations bill:
Upgrading the Northeast
Corridor: Building upon the $30
billion for the Northeast Corridor in the bipartisan infrastructure law, Murphy
supported the inclusion of more funding to modernize rail in Connecticut,
- $1.86 billion in funding
opportunities to help modernize the Northeast Corridor, including:
- $1.26 billion for
Amtrak improvements and operations on the Northeast Corridor.
- $100 million for the
Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail, to support major
- Nearly $500 million for
the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements program to
fund projects that improve safety, efficiency, and reliability of
Conserving Open Space and
Protecting Small Farms in Connecticut:
To protect more of Connecticut’s natural beauty and small farms, Murphy secured
of the Housatonic Wild and Scenic River Act which designates 41 miles of
the Housatonic River as Wild and Scenic. Proposed by Murphy, this
designation will make federal resources available to protect the river and
to support recreation.
of the Highlands Conservation Reauthorization Act,
proposed by Murphy, to reauthorize the Highlands Conservation Act through
fiscal year 2028. This reauthorization extends protections and provides
$10 million to conserve 3.5 million acres of land in CT, NJ, PA, and NY.
funding for agriculture disaster aid, which Senator Murphy advocated for in
order to assist forage farmers who cannot access traditional crop
insurance or disaster aid programs.
million for the Acer Access and Development Program, which provides grants
to maple syrup producers in Connecticut.
million for the Natural Resource Conservation Service to support on-farm
conservation, water quality, and soil health projects.
Savings: More and more, private
equity firms looking to turn a quick profit are buying pension liabilities,
transferring them to riskier investments, and removing important protections
for pensioners and their retirement savings. To protect retirees from greedy
corporations playing games with their pensions, Murphy secured the inclusion of
his Pension Risk Transfer Accountability Act, which directs the U.S. Department of Labor, for the
first time in almost thirty years, to review existing protections and guidance
and to report its findings to Congress.
Protecting Long Island
Sound: The Long Island Sound is a
multi-trillion dollar asset to Connecticut, and Murphy secured the inclusion of
federal funding to protect and support the health of the Sound, including:
million to improve water quality, restore coastal habitats, and protect
shoreline in Long Island Sound. This is an $8.6 million increase from last
year and comes on top of the $106 million over five years that was
allocated for this program in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
billion for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an
increase of $323.9 million over last year, which includes funding for a
number of programs that protect Connecticut coastlines and help manage our
fisheries. The bill also includes an additional $657 million for disaster
funding at NOAA that can support address the impacts of natural disasters
on our coasts and fisheries. This includes the following increases Senator
million for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), a
$2.8 million increase from last year. This account will fund the newly
created NERRS in Southeastern Connecticut that Senator Murphy helped create and open
earlier this year.
million for NOAA aquaculture research, a $1 million increase from last
year, that will help support the work of Milford Lab.
million – a $4 million increase – for the National Sea Grant College
Program and $14 million for Sea Grant Aquaculture Research.
Combating Gun Violence: Murphy successfully fought to secure funding for gun
violence prevention efforts, including:
million for a Community-based Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant
Program at the Department of Justice. This is on top of the $250 million
over five years that Senator Murphy secured for
this work in the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.
million for gun violence research at the Centers for Disease Control and
the National Institutes of Health.
million for the FBI’s operation of the National Instant Criminal
Background Check System (NICS). This is on top of the $100 million that Senator Murphy secured for
NICS in the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.
million for grants to states to upload criminal and mental health records
to NICS on top of the $200 million for the same purposes in the Bipartisan
Safer Communities Act.
Investing in Mental
Health: Murphy, a leader in the
Senate on expanding access to mental health care, supported the inclusion of:
million for the Employee Benefits Security Administration, an increase of
$5.6 million from FY22, to strengthen oversight over mental health parity
billion for Mental Health Block Grants, a $150 million increase over FY22.
million for Graduate Psychology Education, a $5 million increase over
million for Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration.
Communities: Murphy supported the
inclusion of federal funding to support historically under-resourced
communities and address education, economic, and health disparities, including:
billion for Title I Grants, an increase of $850 million
over last year, to help school districts that serve a significant
number of students living in poverty.
billion for IDEA Part B State Grants, representing an increase of
$904 million over last year, to help schools provide services to
students with disabilities.
- $20.3 billion
for early childhood education programs, representing an increase of $2.8
billion over last year, which includes $12 billion for Head
Start (an increase of $960 million), $8 billion for the Child Care
and Development Block Grant (an increase of $1.85 billion), and
$315 million for Preschool Development Grants (an increase of $25
the maximum Pell Grant award by $500 to $7,395, which represents the
largest increase in more than a decade to help low-income students afford
million for the Magnet School Assistance Program, a $15 million increase,
to support the creation of diverse and high-quality magnet schools.
billion for Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers, a $40
million increase, to support the creation of community learning centers
that provide after-school and summer enrichment opportunities for students
who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools.
billion for Title IV-A Student Support and Academic Enrichment
Grants, in addition to the $1 billion provided in the Bipartisan Safer
Communities Act, to provide all students with a well-rounded education and
support safe and inclusive school climates.
million to the CDC to address health disparities and inequities around the
Social Determinants of Health.
million for SAMHSA’s Minority Fellowship Program to help expand the number
of racial and ethnic minorities in the behavioral health workforce, an
increase of $3.347 million over FY22.
million for Juvenile Justice program at the Department of Justice, a $40
million increase from last year.
million for the Legal Service Corporation, a $71 million increase over
last year. The bill also includes $20 million to provide emergency legal aid in the
wake of recent natural disasters.
billion for Tenant-based Rental Assistance to continue to serve very low-
and extremely low-income households nationwide and $14.9 billion for
Project-based Rental Assistance, an increase of $1 billion above FY22.
billion for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which will lead to
the construction of nearly 10,000 new rental and homebuyer units.
billion for Homeless Assistance Grants, an increase of $420 million above
billion for the Social Security Administration’s administrative expenses,
an increase of $785 million over FY22—the largest increase in more than a
decade. This supports the administration of Social Security benefits for
over 70 million Americans, including processing over 8 million retirement
and disability claims annually.
Connecticut’s Defense Manufacturers: Murphy
supported federal funding that will benefit Connecticut’s defense and
manufacturing industries, including:
billion for full funding for two Virginia Class fast attack submarines.
billion for full funding for the Columbia Class ballistic missile
billion in additional funding for the F-35 program to restore nineteen
billion in additional funding for sixteen C-130J aircraft, to modernize 2
Air National Guard operational units.
million for ten additional Combat Rescue Helicopters to restore production
to a total of twenty aircraft, in line with the previous year’s plan.
million for ten additional UH-60M aircraft for the Army National Guard.
million for two additional CH-53K heavy lift aircraft.
million for the Next Generation Adaptive Propulsion program.
million for additional funding for F135 engine spares.
million in additional funding for C-130H 8-Bladed Propeller Upgrade
million in additional funding for Academic Partnerships for Submarine
& Undersea Vehicle Research & Manufacturing.
million in additional funding for Small Satellite Tech.
million in additional funding for Versatile Rotary Engine Systems.
million in additional funding for Digital Enterprise Technology for the
Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle.
million in additional funding for laser metal deposition powder for
turbine engine component restoration.
million in additional funding for Multi-Mission Helicopter Upgrade
million in additional funding for Emergency Power and Cooling Technology
million in additional funding for Precision maneuvering units.
million in additional funding for Deployable Surveillance Systems: Deep
million in additional funding for Lunar Surface Based Situational
million in additional funding for laser peening of jet engines.
million in additional funding for Next Generation Digital Design and
Manufacturing for U.S. Army Combat Vehicles.
million in additional funding for Innovative Biomaterials for Combat Wound
Sending Aid to Ukraine: Murphy, a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign
Relations Committee, supported $45 billion in funding for the people of
Ukraine, bringing the total amount of emergency supplemental funding for
Ukraine to $112.3 billion since Russia’s invasion in February. The new funding
in the Omnibus Appropriations bill includes:
billion to replenish U.S. military equipment provided to Ukraine.
billion for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative to bolster the Ukrainian
billion for U.S. European Command operations in support of Ukraine and
billion in economic assistance, including budgetary support for the
Government of Ukraine.
billion in humanitarian assistance, including funding for emergency food
assistance and health care, as well as support for refugees fleeing
Ukraine and other vulnerable populations.
billion to support the resettlement and other support services for
Ukrainian arrivals and refugees through the U.S. Department of Health and
million for the Department of State and USAID in support of their response
to the situation in Ukraine.
million to prepare for and respond to potential nuclear and radiological
incidents in Ukraine.
million for USAID’s Food for Peace program.
million for the Department of State and USAID Inspector General, $6
million for the Department of Defense Inspector General, and $7.5 million
for the Government Accountability Office to conduct oversight and end-use
monitoring of equipment sent to Ukraine.
Supporting the People of
Puerto Rico: The funding package
includes historic investments to support the people of Puerto Rico, by:
the increased Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) for Puerto Rico
through the end of 2027 at 76%, which will help Puerto Rico avert its
Medicaid funding cliff. This would permit the largest-ever allocations to
Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program in history.
additional funding for disaster relief and preparedness, including $1
billion to help rebuild Puerto Rico’s energy grid.
Foreign Policy and National Security:
Murphy also supported the inclusion of funding to support global health and
climate change mitigation efforts, invest in the Development Finance
Corporation, and provide increased assistance to important allies and strategic
priorities. The bill includes:
billion for the Development Finance Corporation to invest in development
overseas, an increase of $302 million over FY22.
billion to address the climate crisis and other environmental issues.
billion to invest in global health and the prevention of future pandemics,
an increase of $670 million from FY22. This includes $900 million for
global health security, a $200 million increase from FY22, to support the
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.
billion for International Security Cooperation Programs, a $200 million
increase from FY22.
million for Israeli cooperative research and development programs, a $200
increase from FY22, including modernization of Israel’s Short Range
Ballistic Missile Defense Program and Arrow-3.
assistance for Ukraine, Lebanon, and the West Bank and Gaza.
million for the Baltic Security Initiative, an increase of $69.5 million,
and an additional $153 million for security cooperation programs, with a
particular focus on critical European allies in light of Russia’s
Implementing Billy’s Law: Murphy secured $3.6 million
for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, an increase of nearly
$1 million from last year. NAMUS is a federally run clearinghouse for missing,
unidentified, and unclaimed persons.