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Congressman Carson Continues Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer, Announces Other Major Victories, in House Spending Bill

Jul 31, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC -- Congressman Carson announced significant victories for Hoosiers and all Americans in H.R. 7617, the second “minibus” of fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills, which passed the House today. This includes an important amendment Congressman Carson offered that secures an additional $5 million dollars for pancreatic cancer research, including early detection, at the Department of Defense (DoD). 

"I'm extremely pleased that the House has passed this funding package that goes far in addressing the needs of Hoosiers and people across America,” Congressman Carson said. "The Trump Administration continues to try and slash the social safety net and limit investments in our citizens and communities, even during these difficult times. Through our bill, the House is fighting back by providing robust funding for America's future that helps provide opportunity for all." 

"I'm particularly pleased that the legislation includes my amendment to strengthen pancreatic cancer research and expand early detection research,” Rep. Carson added. “It was inspired by my friends and colleagues Rep. John Lewis – who passed away from pancreatic cancer earlier this month – and Rep. Alcee Hastings who is currently battling the disease. Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, and this disease disproportionately affects people of color. Pancreatic cancer becomes significantly less deadly when caught early, yet there’s no dedicated early detection initiative for this type of cancer. I'm grateful that my amendment will help to right this wrong.”  

In total, H.R. 7617 allocates $1.3 trillion in funding for a variety of important priorities. Below is a list of notable wins:



·      $107.2 billion in total budgetary resources for the Department of Transportation (DOT), $19.4 billion above Trump’s request.


·      $75 billion in emergency funding to rebuild our nation’s transportation and housing infrastructure.


·      $61 billion in emergency funding to expand the availability of broadband to unserved and underserved areas.


·      $43.5 billion in emergency spending to modernize water and energy infrastructure.


·      $24.4 billion in emergency spending to support state and local public health agencies and global health activities.



·      $47 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an increase of $5.5 billion above FY2020.


·      $50 million, an increase of $25 million above FY2020, for firearm injury and mortality prevention research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NIH.



·      $73.5 billion for the Department of Education (DOE), $6.9 billion above Trump’s request.


·      $10.2 billion for the Employment and Training Administration, $1.5 billion above Trump’s request.



·      $50.6 billion for Housing and Urban Development (HUD), $13.3 billion above Trump’s request.


·      Blocks the Trump Administration rules targeting undocumented immigrants and LGBT people.



·      $3.5 billion for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), rejecting Trump’s proposal to eliminate the program.


·      $356 million for the Economic Development Administration, helping boost struggling communities.


·      $273.5 million for Community Development Financial Institutions, rejecting Trump’s proposal to eliminate the program.


·      Provides $52 million for the Minority Business Development Agency, an increase of $10 million above the FY 2020 level, to help create jobs and expand business growth opportunities.




·      Implements key components of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, with strong funding for police reform.


·      Provides $525 million for Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) programs.


·      Conditions federal grant funding for state and local law enforcement on significant improvements to police practices.



·      Provides full funding necessary to support a three percent pay raise for military servicemembers.


·      More than $33.3 billion for Defense Health Programs, including $512.5 million for cancer research.



·      $12 billion across Department of Energy (DOE) programs to support clean, affordable, and secure energy.


·      $5.45 billion for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), helping address important priorities such as climate research.



·      Provides $500 million for election security grants to the states to improve security of elections for federal office. In addition, $19.1 million is included for EAC operating expenses, an increase of $3.9 million above the FY 2020 enacted level and $6 million more than the President’s budget request.  



·      Provides $1.68 billion to complete the 2020 Decennial Census.


More details about the bill can be found here.