Phillips Secures Critical Investments for Minnesota
The bipartisan omnibus package contains funding for police and public safety programs, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, and $17 million in Phillips’s MN03 Community Funding Projects
Washington, March 9, 2022
Washington, D.C. — Tonight, Rep. Dean Phillips voted to pass the bipartisan Omnibus Appropriations Funding Package, H.R. 2471, which provides funding for economic development, infrastructure and public safety projects in Minnesota while addressing some of our nation’s biggest challenges.
“Tonight our Congress passed legislation to fund police, child care, Pell Grants, Head Start, border security, climate change resiliency, pandemic preparation and cancer research.
We reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, increased pay and support for military families, increased investment to address the opioid epidemic and to compete with China around the globe.
We approved significant support for the people of Ukraine and substantial investments right here in Minnesota’s 3rd District through Community Project Funding allocations.
As much as we accomplished, our job is not complete. Additional COVID aid and replenishment of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund and small business support remain among my highest priorities. But today’s bipartisan success remains an example of what’s still possible when people are willing to prioritize principle over politics.”
After listening to his constituents last year, Rep. Phillips successfully secured more than $17 million in Community Project Funding for Minnesota’s Third District, including a small business development center in Brooklyn Park, opioid abuse treatment services in Chanhassen, and a water main improvement project in Tonka Bay.
The bipartisan omnibus authorizes previous federal investments in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – unlocking more than $6 billion to transform roads, bridges, transit, water systems, airports, and broadband across Minnesota. This critical funding will help ensure high-impact projects like the 35W-494 interchange are completed while also freeing up valuable resources for long-overdue infrastructure upgrades throughout the Twin Cities and across the state.
The legislative package reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This will provide $575 million in funding for domestic violence prevention and prosecution programs, a 12% increase over last year’s funding levels and the highest funding level ever. Last year, Minnesota organizations like Cornerstone, a non-profit based in Bloomington, received more than $13 million in VAWA funding.
The government funding legislation makes significant investments to:
The legislation also addresses some of our nation’s biggest challenges:
Additionally, the omnibus will provide $13.6 billion in assistance for the people of Ukraine, as they face Vladimir Putin’s illegal invasion.
A more detailed summary of the bill can be viewed here.