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Frankel Votes to Invest in America’s Working Families and Enhance America’s Security

Funding Bill a Victory for South Florida and Middle Class Priorities

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Washington, December 18, 2015 | Helen Kalla (2022259890) | comments

Today, Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-22), voted for the $1.1 trillion omnibus funding bill that will fund the government through Fiscal Year 2016, provide relief for middle-class families, and boost America’s security at home and abroad.

“This bipartisan funding agreement invests in America, moves our economy forward, and keeps us safer.” Frankel said. “I was proud to join the majority of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in supporting it.”

Highlights of the bill, which passed the House of Representatives 316-113, include:

Key Democratic Priorities

·         Protecting millions of women’s right to access safe and legal abortion by preserving funding for Planned Parenthood and Title X family planning

·         Investing an additional $2 billion for medical research at the National Institutes of Health

·         Ensuring our 9/11 first responders retain the health benefits their valor has earned them

·         Removing harmful ideological riders that would have hurt families and the environment

Investments in Florida’s Families and Economy

·         Nearly $900 million in additional funds for America’s early education initiatives, including Head Start and the Child Care and Development Block Grant

·         Allows employers to continue offering high-quality healthcare plans without incurring a penalty

·         Ten percent increase in funding for programs to prevent violence against women 

·         $40 million for shore protection projects

·         $4.2 million for South Florida port and Intracoastal Waterway operation and maintenance

·         $7 million for South Florida Ecosystem Restoration

Protections of Americans Abroad, Consumers, and the Environment

·         Includes a provision I authored that will give the State Department tools to protect and save the lives of American diplomats representing us overseas

·         Holds Wall Street banks that were responsible for the 2008 financial crisis accountable

·         Safeguards funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

·         Approves of the Administration’s proposed fiduciary rule, which requires financial advisors to give advice that is in their clients’ best interest

·         Ensures implementation of the Clean Power Plan to limit carbon emissions

·         Preserves the ban on horse slaughter