Congressman Kim secures major funding to create jobs, cut costs, protect veterans’ mental health and support projects in Burlington and Ocean Counties through government funding bills passed by the House

Congressman Kim secures major funding to create jobs, cut costs, protect veterans’ mental health and support projects in Burlington and Ocean Counties through government funding bills passed by the House

WASHINGTON DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) voted to pass a fiscal year 2023 government funding bill package for certain government agencies, which includes provisions championed by the congressman.

“Our country’s budget should reflect our values ​​as a nation. In this bill, I see critical investments we need to make in our veterans, our democracy, and in local projects that affect New Jersey families every day,” said Congressman Kim. “From creating well-paying jobs to protecting veterans’ mental health programs, to supporting projects in Burlington and Ocean Counties that will improve roads, bridges and housing, upgrade water systems in Willingboro and Moorestown, strengthen Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, support police and municipal services at Edgewater Park, and upgrade the Westampton VFW – these investments will have tangible impacts in our community. with Republicans and Democrats to fund these local and bipartisan priorities, and I look forward to upholding Congress’s duty to fund our government.

This FY2023 Partial Government Funding Program includes the following provisions secured by Congressman Kim:

Creating New Jobs and Lowering Costs for New Jersey

  • Create thousands of new, well-paying jobs by rebuilding roads, bridges, railways, ports and airports, including:
    • $61.3 billion to the Federal Highway Administration to rebuild and improve the safety and long-term sustainability of our country’s highway systems.
    • $4 billion for investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy to provide clean, affordable and secure energy. This will strengthen American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy and create jobs within that economy.
  • Reduce costs by investing in America:
    • $185 million to support the expansion of affordable housing options, reducing the cost of living for families across the country.
    • $560 million for broadband expansion, delivering better Internet at lower cost.
    • $350 million to increase the resilience and efficiency of the nation’s electric distribution system, saving Americans money on their electric bills, while integrating new clean, renewable and energy-efficient energy technologies. affordable.

Putting Our Veterans and Military Families First

  • $13.9 billion for veterans’ mental health services — an increase of $743.8 million from fiscal year 2022 levels — including $498 million for suicide prevention awareness. Congressman Kim led a bipartisan letter signed by 106 members of Congress to secure this increased funding.
    • Congressman Kim recently organized a round table to discuss mental health and suicide prevention with veterans and service members from Backwards Flag, a local veteran-owned brewery in Forked River.
  • $118.8 billion for VA medical care – an increase of $21.8 billion from the current adopted level and $66 million above the President’s budget request – this will provide care for 7, 3 million patients expected to be treated by VA in FY2023. Of this total:
    • $2.7 billion for homelessness initiatives, an increase of $531 million from fiscal year 2022 levels and equal to the President’s request.
    • $911.1 million for gender-sensitive care services for women – $70.7 million above the current adopted level and $10 million more than the budget request.
    • $662.8 million for opioid abuse recovery and prevention, an increase of $41.5 million from the fiscal year 2022 level and equal to demand.
    • $85.9 million for Global Health Initiatives – an increase of $2.3 million from the current adopted level and $10 million above the President’s request.
  • $3.9 billion for Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) operating expenditures, an increase of $409 million from the current enacted level, to ensure timely processing of disability claims
  • $274.4 million for child development center projects — $49.7 million above the current adopted level and $186 million above the president’s budget request — to support the increased childcare capacity and better facilities for the 1.2 million children of active duty military personnel worldwide. Childcare is consistently identified as a top priority by Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL).

Community project funding requested by Congressman Kim

  • $7 million to construct an overpass on County Road 539. The overpass is necessary for the safety of civilian travelers on the highway and to provide an efficient passageway for heavy military equipment vehicles traveling on the McGuire/Dix side from the base at Lakehurst Naval on JBMDL.
  • $3.45 million to make necessary upgrades to a water treatment plant in Willingboro to remove PFOS/PFAS from raw water from Well 5A. The concentration of PFOS in groundwater pumped from Well 5A currently exceeds NJDEP requirements and has become a vital public health issue for the community.
  • $4.4 million for the construction of a new Township of Edgewater Park Public Safety building to house the police department, emergency medical services, municipal court and municipal court offices. The Township of Edgewater Park Police Department is currently located in the basement of the existing municipal building, which is non-ADA compliant and non-compliant with current law enforcement standards.
  • $3 million to build a non-congregate homeless shelter in Burlington County. The planned project will directly benefit county residents who fall below the poverty line and provide a better alternative than emergency housing in unsupervised motels/hotels.
  • $2.24 million to install a new water main in Moorestown and replace any other existing service lines that supply drinking water to a residential or commercial user that contains lead.
  • $20,000 to repair and paint the exterior of a municipal building in Westampton housing American Legion Station 509. The repairs also include improvements to the concrete porch and necessary repairs inside the building.

Serving New Jersey Families

  • Language based on Congressman Kim’s safety after Sandy Act Granting the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) the authority to permanently waive New Jersey homeowners’ obligation to repay federal disaster relief they received after Super Hurricane Sandy (known as “recoveries”). Earlier this year, the The New Jersey delegation was granted a two-year reprieve in these efforts to recover the debt owed to the federal government.
  • $111.18 billion for SNAP. Including $3 billion for the SNAP reserve fund, which will serve more than 43.5 million Americans.
  • $6 billion for WIC to increase the amounts of fruits and vegetables in the WIC food package. In fiscal year 2023, WIC will serve approximately 6.2 million women, infants, and children.
  • $28.6 billion in funding for child nutrition programs, an increase of $1.7 billion over fiscal year 2022 levels. As children return to the classroom, this funding will support more than 5.6 million school meals and snacks.
    • The bill also provides $50 million for the Summer EBT program, a successful pilot program that is expected to be rolled out nationwide. Summer EBT complements the Summer Food Service Program, which Congressman Kim has proposed to expand and improve through his REACH law on summer meals.

Protecting our democracy and making government work

  • $400 million for election security grants to states to improve security for the upcoming federal election.
  • $310 million for business systems and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) modernization to help eliminate backlogs and allow the agency to invest in better customer service.
  • $3 million to maintain the Truman Foundation and allow this independent federal agency to continue to encourage young people to pursue careers in public service.

Each fiscal year, which runs from October through September, Congress must pass legislation to fund the federal government and all the vital programs it administers. The bill (HR 8294) passed Wednesday will fund the following areas of the federal government: agriculture, rural development, food and drug administration and related agencies; Energy and water development; Financial Services and General Government; Interior, environment and related agencies; military construction, veterans and related organizations; and transport, housing and urban development and related agencies. The bill will now go to the Senate for consideration.

Separate bills will be passed later this year to fund other areas of government, including: commerce, justice, science and related agencies; Defense; homeland security; Legislative power ; and state, foreign operations and related programs; and Labor, health and social services, education and related agencies. Requests for community project funding submitted by Congressman Kim that fall under these areas are still under review for inclusion in upcoming legislation. You can read more about the applications for community project funding submitted by Congressman Kim on his website at click here.

Congressman Kim is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Committee on Small Business. More information on Congressman Kim can be found on his website by click here.

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