Budget bill expands annual child care and early education funding, provides critical health care to moms and toxic-exposed veterans, and includes legislation to fortify the peaceful transfer of power through the electoral vote counting process.
It also funds 15 Community Projects in MA-5 to directly invest in local child care, health care, and climate resiliency programs.
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Assistant Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Katherine Clark (MA-5) celebrated the passage of the FY23 funding package that defends democracy, invests in early education and care, and expands maternal, veterans’, and children’s health care services. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Assistant Speaker Clark secured the largest annual investment in early education and care to support providers and families, totaling $8 billion for the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) — a thirty percent boost above last year — and $12 billion for Head Start. The funding package also includes the Assistant Speaker’s legislation to expand maternal mental health screenings and legislation to clarify and fortify the Electoral Count Act process to protect against future threats to our democracy following January 6, 2021.
“With bold investments in environmental justice, health care, and early education, this comprehensive funding package responds to the pressing needs of Americans while creating a greener and more vibrant tomorrow. In particular, the expanded child care and Head Start resources will help more parents find the care they need to support their families and allow our economy to thrive,” said Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark. “We are also shoring up democracy at home and abroad with reforms to the Electoral College certification process and support for Ukraine in its ongoing fight for peace and freedom.”
The spending package also includes funding for fifteen community projects in Massachusetts Fifth District.
“Our local leaders know best where federal resources can make a difference, and I am proud to have partnered with them to bring home investments that will improve our climate resiliency and make life more affordable for Massachusetts families,” continued Assistant Speaker Clark.
Assistant Speaker Clark secured the following resources to support Americans:
Children and Families
Women’s Health and Rights
Substance Use Disorders
You can find more information on the House Democrat’s FY23 Appropriations package here.
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