Senate Passes FY20 Domestic Appropriations Package

Bills Include Increases for NIH & Nuclear Security, Funds to Implement VA MISSION Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Senate today passed H.R. 1865 by a vote of 71-23.  The legislation is the first of two FY2020 comprehensive appropriations packages and contains measures for the Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Energy and Water Development; Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; Legislative Branch; Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies; State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies.  Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) issued the following statement upon passage of the bills:


“This package of appropriations bills includes resources for critical domestic priorities that our entire nation will benefit from receiving.  I am proud to have supported these bills and pleased that, as a result of our bipartisan efforts, we were able to come to an agreement and pass them ahead of our funding deadline.  Thank you to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle.  I look forward to President Trump signing this legislation into law.” 


The measure, passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 297-120 on Tuesday, will now advance to the President’s desk for his signature prior to the funding deadline of Friday, December 20, 2019.