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Congressman Schiff Announces Priorities for Government Spending Package

May 11, 2022

Today, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced the housing, health, public safety, and community priorities he is urging to be included in the fiscal year 2023 federal government funding legislation.

“Congressional funding addresses key needs in all of our lives, from the programs and services people rely on every single day to priorities that may otherwise go overlooked or underserved,” said Schiff. “My funding requests reflect some of the most urgent priorities that the nation – and particularly the Los Angeles region – are facing, including the need to keep more people from becoming unhoused and to strengthen protections for renters. They also include other priorities that are deeply personal to my constituents, from saving lives and property during the next big earthquake, to funding research on diseases that affect millions, to properly honoring the ‘Lost 74’ of the U.S.S. Frank E. Evans.”

As part of the House Appropriations Committee’s annual process of drafting federal government funding legislation, Members of Congress are permitted to submit letters to the relevant subcommittees requesting funding for national and local priorities. In years past, Schiff has secured tens of millions of dollars for targeted vouchers to reduce homelessness, research on infectious and chronic diseases, space exploration, and more.

Schiff’s FY23 program and funding requests include:

  • Providing $28.6 million for the ShakeAlert West Coast Earthquake Early Warning System. ShakeAlert gives Californians critical seconds to prepare and take cover before shaking begins, and these funds will go towards the program’s continued development and expansion. Click here to read the full letter.
  • Developing an eviction protection pilot program. Inspired by conversations with the L.A. Mayor’s office and as eviction moratoriums will be lifted nationwide following the end of local emergency declarations, Schiff is requesting the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development create and enact a pilot program to protect renters from eviction and provide them with legal resources needed to remain stably housed.
  • Adding the names of the Lost 74 of the U.S.S. Frank E. Evans to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Schiff is urging the Secretary of Defense to develop a plan to include the names of the 74 crew members of the U.S.S. Frank E. Evans, who were killed on June 3, 1969, to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall within 90 days of the bill’s passage. The issue was first brought to his attention by a constituent who lost his father in the accident.
  • Allowing families in public housing to keep their pets. Based on his Pets Belong with Families Act, Schiff is requesting a prohibition on unreasonable barriers to pet ownership in Public Housing, specifically vague and sweeping restrictions against dogs based on breed or size. At their worst, such bans can exacerbate housing insecurity for low-income pet owners who understandably don’t want to part with their companions. Click here to read the full letter.
  • Facilitating research on sleep disorders and related health disparities. Schiff is requesting support for efforts at the National Institutes of Health to study sleep-related health disparities, facilitate clinical sleep and circadian research, and advance the scientific understanding and health impacts of sleep deficiency and circadian misalignment. Click here to read the full letter.
  • Facilitating research on Congenital Heart Disease. Schiff is requesting support for congenital heart disease-related public health research and surveillance initiatives at the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.
  • Expanding the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs. Schiff is requesting expanded access to and data related to daily plant-based and alternate protein meal options under National School Lunch Programs and School Breakfast Programs.
  • Creating a pilot program for higher education meal programs. Schiff is requesting support for grants to institutions of higher education that are a community college, a minority-serving institution, or located in an area served by a local educational agency that is eligible for special assistance payments under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to provide free meals to low-income students through on-campus meal programs and to purchase food infrastructure equipment, in line with his Food for Thought Act.
  • Developing a pilot program for free eye-care for public schools. Schiff is requesting support for a pilot program to provide grants to support nonprofit organizations that provide on-campus eye-care services free of charge to students in public elementary or secondary schools – a priority that aligns with his See the Board Act.
  • Providing for research from the National Institutes of Health Office of AIDS Research. Schiff is requesting support for research into interdisciplinary research and training programs to meet the increasing need for culturally competent, geriatric HIV care at the Office of AIDS Research at the National Institutes of Health.

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