The Consolidated Appropriations Act will invest $1.4 billion in training and support services for workers impacted by mass layoffs and plant closures. It will support small businesses, the engines of job growth in this country, by providing funding to support $28 billion in new SBA lending for firms having trouble borrowing in this market. It will put people back to work rebuilding our nation’s crumbing infrastructure. We invested almost $42 billion to improve our highways, $2.5 billion to build next generation high speed rail and $6.4 billion to keep Americans safe with airport modernization and modernizing air traffic control. This bill will also build the workforce of the future with top notch education from pre-K to post-graduate. We boosted funding for funding science education, Head Start, and Pell Grants.
This Consolidated Appropriations Act will fund many projects in the 15th Congressional District of Texas including:
· The University of Texas-Pan American will receive $250,000 for South Texas Border Disparities Center. The funding will be used to conduct research and education addressing health disparities in diabetes, cancer, obesity and other high-incidences diseases in Hispanic populations along the US-Mexico border.
· Coastal Bend College in Beeville, Texas will receive $220,000 for a Mobile Simulation Lab. The rural community college is training nurses and health professionals in a region with chronic shortages. Currently, due to the distance and lack of transportation between clinical facilities, many students cannot easily obtain the training they need to complete their studies. The Mobile Simulation Lab will allow these students to obtain clinical experience in their communities.
· The Hidalgo County Health Department in Edinburg, Texas will receive $230,000 for its Hidalgo County Mobile Health Clinic. The Mobile Health Clinic will allow the County Public Health Department to reach and treat thousands of citizens who live in areas, like colonias, where it is extremely difficult for the residents to travel for their medical treatment.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act increases funding for infrastructure, health, and education to create jobs immediately while investing in our local communities and workforce for the long term. It invests $1.4 billion in training and support services for workers impacted by mass layoffs and plant closures.