Pelosi Statement on Democratic Victories in Appropriations Agreement

December 16, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on Democratic victories secured in the appropriations package, which was posted today:

“All Democrats can take great pride in this strong appropriations package, which achieves critical victories for the health, financial security and well-being of the American people.  We salute Chairwoman Nita Lowey and all the appropriators for working around the clock and across the aisle to achieve an agreement that reflects our Democratic values and advances our priorities For The People.

“With this agreement, Democrats are protecting the quality, affordable health care of millions by permanently repealing health care taxes and preventing the President from waging further health care sabotage.  We are investing in innovation and the future of health care by securing record funding for life-saving medical research at the NIH and strong support for initiatives to lower the price of prescription drugs by increasing competition for generics.  This legislation continues our leadership in the fight against the opioid epidemic, and also honors our responsibility to our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and the territories by extending and increasing urgently-needed, life-saving Medicaid funding for two years.  Finally, this legislation lays the groundwork for progress in the spring to end the financially catastrophic practice of surprise billing, lower prescription drug costs and extend robust funding for key health initiatives.  Unfortunately, Republicans refused to join Democrats to support provisions for women’s health care and rights.

“Democrats fought for and won critical provisions that make smart, strong investments in the national and economic security of the American people.  Our appropriations package makes America safer, securing $25 million for gun violence research at the CDC and NIH, which is being funded for the first time in more than 20 years.  Democrats have also secured $425 million for election security grants to protect our elections from foreign attack, which Republicans refused to fund last year.  In addition to national security, this agreement invests in America’s economic security, including with a 3.1 percent pay raise for federal civilian employees, a robust reauthorization of the jobs-creating Export-Import Bank, an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program, a long-term reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program and provisions to protect the pensions of 100,000 coal miners.  While the GOP Senate continues to block passage of the Butch Lewis Act, we will continue the fight to enact this vital legislation addressing the multi-employer pensions crisis that is hanging over so many Americans.  

“Personally and officially, I am proud that this agreement takes strong action to advance the health and well-being of America’s children, including by raising the tobacco age to 21 and strengthening the Families First Prevention Services Act.  Democrats have also achieved record funding levels for Head Start, Child Care and Development Block Grants, and Title I schools and are extending funding for essential services in thousands of schools serving millions of children in rural communities across 41 states.  This agreement secures additional victories that reflect our Democratic values, including full funding for the 2020 Decennial Census to ensure that all Americans are counted and have a voice in our democracy, as well as strong funding for environmental protection – including the highest funding level for the Land and Water Conservation Fund in 15 years.

“As Speaker, I am proud to support this appropriations package, and I look forward to its swift and bipartisan passage this week.”