Representative Angie Craig Delivers for Minnesota’s Second Congressional District in House Appropriations Package

July 29, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Craig (D-MN) helped pass annual funding legislation that includes several key priorities designed to support constituents in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District. The package, which includes seven appropriations bills for federal agencies across government, will direct funds toward a number of Craig’s requested priorities for working Minnesotans, including infrastructure spending, mental health care programs and economic recovery efforts. 

“Today, I was proud to support a critical funding package which will make historic investments in education, health care, economic development, rural broadband – and so many other priorities that will improve the lives of folks in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District,” said Representative Craig. “This bill, which also includes millions of dollars for infrastructure projects in Southeastern Minnesota, will help to create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs, expand access to affordable housing and make critical investments in clean energy and science initiatives to combat the ongoing climate crisis.”

The package includes:

  • $15.5 billion in funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 
  • $2.9 billion for taxpayer services, including support for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Matching Grants Program, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, the Taxpayer Advocate, Tax Counseling for the Elderly, and increased personnel to improve IRS customer service
  • $1.6 billion for mental health block grants
  • $1.38 billion for Career & Technical Education programs
  • $1.2 billion for National Infrastructure (RAISE Grant) Investments 
  • $1 billion for the Small Business Administration to invest in programs to help small businesses and entrepreneurs access capital and contracting opportunities
  • $800 million for rural broadband funding via the USDA ReConnect Program, which provides broadband to unserved and underserved rural areas
  • $599 million for suicide prevention outreach programs
  • $40 million for the Rural Rental Housing Program, which provides affordable rental housing options in rural America
  • $37 million for Rural Development Business Grants, which help rural small businesses make investments and grow economic opportunity in rural America
  • $30 million for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which helps farmers and small businesses make energy efficiency improvements and invest in renewable energy systems
  • $1 million to expand and improve data collection efforts in the Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans and their Families

Today’s appropriations package also includes funding for all 10 of the Community Project Funding submissions for Minnesota’s Second Congressional District – totaling more than $16 million for projects in communities across Southeastern Minnesota, including: 

The package passed today, H.R. 4502, includes appropriations bills for: Labor-HHS-Education; Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA; Energy and Water Development; Financial Services and General Government; Interior-Environment; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Transportation-HUD.