Rep. Kelly votes to pass funding legislation helping workers, families and communities

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Legislation lowers cost of living, creates well-paying jobs, includes some of Rep. Kelly’s community project funding requests

Congressman Robin Kelly. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Washington, DC- (ENEWSPF) – Representative Robin Kelly (IL-02) voted to pass HR 8294, a set of six government funding bills, which focuses on helping families and communities through America. The transformative investments in the bill will lower the cost of living, create well-paying American jobs, uplift working families and support small businesses. The package also includes several community project funding requests for Rep. Kelly’s fiscal year 2023.

“As we battle rising inflation and the rising cost of living, we need to invest in the critically important programs that support people,” Rep. Kelly said. “This legislation contains many provisions that are critically important to Illinois, including several of my applications for community project funding. Investments in this package continue to reverse decades of divestment by helping the middle class, working families and small businesses.

Rep. Kelly championed funding for eight projects that will directly benefit residents of Illinois’ Second Congressional District. These include:

  • $1,500,000 for the Town of Harvey streetlight improvement project
  • $750,000 for the town of Harvey for the removal of a dilapidated building
  • $4,000,000 for Cook County from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    environmental infrastructure project
  • $450,000 for the Chicago Park District for the Promontory Point Independent Preservation Study
  • $626,000 for the Chatham Business Association’s Internee-to-Entrepreneur Program
  • $844,800 for Illinois International Port District’s Lake Calumet Trail Project
  • $1,500,000 for the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum Expansion and Community Economic Development Empowerment Project
  • $2,000,000 for the City of Chicago’s South Shore Homeownership Preservation Project

More information on each of these projects is available here. Rep. Kelly’s remaining community project funding requests for fiscal year 2023 are expected to be included in the legislative minibus of upcoming appropriations.

Background

The credit package creates jobs by rebuilding critical infrastructure, increases opportunity through home ownership and rental assistance, and promotes safe transportation and social housing by providing $90.9 billion. dollars to the Ministries of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development and related agencies.

The bill tackles hunger, uplifts farmers and rural communities, rebuilds our public health and safety infrastructure, and tackles the climate crisis with $27.2 billion for the Department of Agriculture – including rural development programs – the Food and Drug Administration and related agencies.

The credit package cuts costs for working families, creates well-paying jobs, invests in clean energy and rebuilds water infrastructure, providing $56.275 billion to the Department of Energy, the Corps of Engineers of the army and the Bureau of Reclamation and related agencies.

Bill Expands Opportunity and Helps Small Business Owners and Middle-Class Families Get Ahead by Providing $29.8 Billion to Department of Treasury, Judiciary, Welfare Commission election, consumer product safety commission, federal trade commission and other government agencies. .

Funding bill creates jobs, tackles climate change, supports infrastructure on tribal lands and ensures access to clean water with $44.8 billion for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency and Indian Health Services.

The bill protects our national security, honors our commitments to service members, veterans and their families, and rebuilds our infrastructure, providing $314.1 billion for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs and related agencies. For the first time ever, the spending bill separates VA Medical Care into its own funding category to better meet the needs of our veterans.

A detailed summary of the funding package is available here.

This news comes from the office of MP Robin Kelly.

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