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Senator Hassan Votes to Approve Bipartisan Funding Bill for FY19 that Invests in Critical New Hampshire Priorities

Appropriations Bill Includes Funding to Spur Economic Opportunity, Expand Access to Affordable Housing, Strengthen Transportation Infrastructure, Support Innovative Small Businesses, Help Combat the Opioid Epidemic, Address Water Contamination, and More

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today voted to approve a bipartisan appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019 that provides funding to spur economic opportunity, strengthen transportation infrastructure, support innovative small businesses, help combat the opioid epidemic, promote healthy communities, invest in rural areas, and more. This bill is one of several expected appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2019, which begins on October 1. Senator Hassan voted for another bipartisan appropriations bill last month.

“This bipartisan funding bill makes important investments in critical priorities for Granite Staters and Americans, including spurring economic opportunity by supporting entrepreneurs, expanding access to affordable housing, strengthening transportation infrastructure, supporting innovative small businesses, funding the Office of National Drug Control Policy to help combat the opioid crisis, and promoting healthy communities by funding water infrastructure projects that will help protect against water contamination. I am encouraged that that these funding bills have moved forward in a bipartisan way, and I will keep working to ensure that our people, communities, and businesses have what they need to get ahead and stay ahead.”

New Hampshire Priorities Included in This Bipartisan FY2019 Appropriations Bill:

  • Includes a study to identify underlying contributing factors for pediatric cancer that are unique to certain states and to provide assistance to support states with a high incidence of such cancer
    • Senator Hassan joined the rest of the New Hampshire Congressional Delegation earlier this month in calling on the Trump Administration to prioritize pediatric cancer research
    • Spurs economic opportunity by investing in Entrepreneurial Development Programs
    • Expands access to affordable housing by increasing funding for Section 8 vouchers and investing in the Community Development Block Grant program
    • Supports innovative small businesses by providing $699 million for the Small Business Administration, which is $1 million more than last fiscal year
    • Strengthens transportation infrastructure by increasing funding for the Department of Transportation
    • Provides $3.8 billion to invest in infrastructure in rural communities
    • Helps combat the opioid epidemic by providing $416 million for anti-drug programs
    • Promotes healthy communities by increasing funding for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, and funding the Water Infrastructure Finance Act (WIFIA) program, which will enable billions in loans to address aging water infrastructure systems across the country