House Democrats reject Trump cuts to NIH, Special Olympics with Labor-Health spending bill proposal

House Democrats reject Trump cuts to NIH, Special Olympics with Labor-Health spending bill proposal
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House Democrats are proposing adding nearly $12 billion in spending to the Labor, Health, Human Services and Education appropriations bill, according to legislative text released Monday.
 
The $189.8 billion measure, the largest of 12 annual spending bills except for Defense, is $11.7 billion higher than 2019 levels, and would surpass President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE's budget request by $47.8 billion.
 
The proposal rejects Trump's proposed cuts to a number of services and programs, including the National Institutes of Health, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Special Olympics, among others.
 
“Not only does this bill resoundingly reject the proposed cuts in President Trump’s budget that would have hurt working families, it provides a robust increase in funding for important national priorities that create jobs and grow the economy, improve health security, and build a stronger future for all Americans,” House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyOn The Money: Lawmakers strike spending deal | US, China reach limited trade deal ahead of tariff deadline | Lighthizer fails to quell GOP angst over new NAFTA Lawmakers strike spending deal to avert shutdown McConnell accuses Democrats of stonewalling funding talks with wall demands  MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a statement.
 
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The bill's release marks a turning point for House Democrats on spending after weeks of infighting prevented the party from passing a budget resolution or setting new spending caps. Fiscal hawks worried about the deficit implications of increased spending, while progressives lamented the continued disparity between defense and non-defense spending.
 
The spending levels in the bill conform with the figures Lowey and House Budget Chair Rep. John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthOvernight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Kentucky Democrat: McConnell's agenda driven by 'power without a purpose' MORE (D-Ky.) had offered in the spending caps bill, which would raise defense spending by $17 billion and non-defense spending by $34 billion in comparison to current levels.
 
The bill, which will be marked up in committee on Tuesday, resoundingly rejects Trump's proposals.
 
For example, it increases spending on the National Institute of Health by $2 billion instead of cutting funds by $4.9 billion, as the president requested.
 
It also allocates $25 million to fund research on how to prevent gun-related injury and death, increases the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's budget by $50 million, instead of eliminating it altogether as Trump proposed and adds $4.4 billion to the Department of Education, which Trump proposed cutting dramatically.
 
The bill would also increase funding to Special Olympics education program by $3.5 million. Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosDemocratic lawmaker tears into DeVos: You're 'out to destroy public education' Democrats lash out at DeVos over proposed changes to loan forgiveness plan The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday MORE came under fire earlier this year for defending Trump's request to eliminate funding for the Special Olympics. Trump eventually backtracked and broke with his Education chief, saying that he opposed the program's elimination.
 
"Through billions in smart, increased investments, our bill will help people across the country at every stage of their life. I look forward to passing it into law,” said Subcommittee Chair Rep. Rosa DeLauroRosa Luisa DeLauroPhysicians arrested after protesting denial of flu shots to migrants in US custody Advocacy groups decry Trump's 'anti-family policies' ahead of White House summit 'Medicare for All' backers notch win with high-profile hearing MORE (D-Ct.)