Key Republican Main Street Initiatives Included in Major Funding Bill
WASHINGTON - Following the release of the 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, Republican Main Street (“Main Street”) President and CEO Sarah Chamberlain applauded the key initiatives and funding championed by Main Street members that are included in the $1.3 trillion bill passed today by the U.S. House of Representatives. Main Street priorities in the bill include funding for school safety programs, National Institutes of Health (NIH), opioid prevention and treatment, and expanded mental health services.
“American families are looking for results, not rhetoric, from their members of Congress. By boosting critical funding for school safety, expanding access to mental health treatment, bolstering medical research programs, and increasing the size and scope of our opioid treatment and prevention initiatives, Main Street members are delivering on the promises made to their constituents.”
The bill includes:
- More than $2.3 billion to fund mental health, training, and school safety programs at the Departments of Justice, Education, and Health and Human Services.
- This includes $75 million for school safety grants, highlighted as a priority by the Republican Main Street Caucus School Safety Working Group
- $37 billion for NIH, a $3 billion increase over last year to fund more research and development.
- Nearly $1 billion for mental health programs as authorized in the 21st Century Cures Act.
- The 21st Century Cures Act passed in 2016 and was the most significant piece of mental health legislation to be signed into law since President John F. Kennedy was in the White House.
- Nearly $4 billion in resources to combat the opioid crisis, investing billions in treatment, prevention and law enforcement to help stop the flow of dangerous drugs and provide families and communities with the treatment and support they need.
- 13 Main Street members are part of the U.S. House of Representatives Bipartisan Heroin Task Force and have been working with leadership to address the growing opioid epidemic.