Washington, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted to support the bipartisan FY14 appropriations bill (H.R. 3547), which provides significant relief from deep arbitrary budget cuts and makes key investments in job training programs, early education, alternative energy and aerospace to provide more accurate and timely weather information and maintain Colorado's leadership in space exploration. The bill also protects cost of living adjustments for our disabled veterans and provides significant resources to combat sexual assault and domestic violence against women.
Congressman Perlmutter remains concerned about the deep cuts to the National Institute of Health (NIH), the lack of a full repeal to the cost of living decreases for working age military retirees and other critical issues which remain unaddressed. While not a perfect bill, it is a compromise between Democrats and Republicans to advance our nation's interests, grow the economy, avoid another government shutdown and provide stability so we can focus on putting more people back to work, especially here in Colorado.
The bill now goes to the Senate and then to the President's desk for his signature.
Perlmutter said, "I am pleased the House came together and voted in a bipartisan way to support important research, infrastructure and community projects which will benefit the 7th Congressional District, the state and the nation. Investing in innovation and development of programs like the JPSS weather satellite system, the Orion spacecraft project, and alternative energy at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) is critical to our national and economic security. The aerospace and clean energy sectors are key to growing our economy and creating jobs in Colorado. Maintaining these programs means thousands of Coloradans have good jobs here in our state and are focused on initiatives to change the way we power our country and ensure we have an economy built to last now and into the future."
Listed below are several ways the 7th CD will benefit from the bipartisan funding measure passed by the House today:
* Veterans Cost of Living Adjustment-- Restores the Cost of Living (COLA) adjustment for disabled veterans and their survivors.
* National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)- received $46 million for the lab's operations
* Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)- Provides full funding of $824 million for the next generation weather satellite to predict weather patterns earlier with more accuracy ensuring better, faster preparation, response and recovery. The JPSS program in Colorado employs approximately 650 people at private businesses including Raytheon and Ball Aerospace.
* Orion- Provides $1.2 billion to continue development of the Orion Space Capsule system being developed by Lockheed Martin here in Jefferson County, Colorado.
* GSA- Denver Federal Center receiving $14 million for construction and acquisition (Local Development)
* Head Start- Restores $612 million for the early education program that benefits approximately 15,000 children in the state of Colorado.
* Firefighter Grants- Provides a $5.7 million increase above FY13 levels for the First Responder Assistance Program.
* TIGER Grants- Provides an additional $100 million for this critical transportation initiative. Colorado has received grants in the past for infrastructure projects related to US-36 and I-25.
* Veterans Housing Vouchers- Provides $75 million for Veterans Housing Vouchers.
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