Rep. Angie Craig Votes to Pass Spending Package Championing District Priorities

June 21, 2019
Press Release

Today U.S. Rep. Angie Craig voted to pass a House spending package that included several funding increases for critical programs in the Second Congressional District.

“I’m proud to have been a part of passing a spending bill that prioritizes the needs of Minnesotans across my district,” said Rep. Craig. “That means more funding for our schools, expanding options for career and technical education opportunities, ensuring robust investments in healthcare, and building resilience to natural disasters in our communities.”

The spending package reflects input from constituents and advocates across the 2nd District, including several amendments that Rep. Craig offered to:

  • Highlight the importance of special education funding
  • Stress the need for investments in Career and Technical Education grants
  • Increase funds to expand rural healthcare programs
  • Highlight the work of the Army Corps of Engineers to increase flood resiliency
  • Emphasize the need to fund the Army Corps of Engineers work to increase dredging programs that preserve natural resources and prevent floods.

In addition, the package includes $41.1 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health. The $2 billion increase over the 2019 enacted levels will benefit the patients, providers, and caregivers Rep. Craig heard from throughout the district during on her Healthcare Listening Tour. The overall amount includes $2.4 billion for Alzheimer’s disease research and $195 million for cancer research.

The bill contains $16.9 billion for Title I grants to local education agencies, a $1 billion increase over the enacted level for 2019, and $14.5 billion for special education programs, a $1 billion increase over the enacted level for 2019. These funding levels were top priorities shared with Rep. Craig at listening sessions on special education in Mendota Heights, Apple Valley, and South St. Paul.

Additionally, the $47 million increase for Career and Technical Education grants will enable technical colleges, including Dakota County Technical College, as well as apprenticeship programs to expand to more folks throughout the district.