Rep. Gene Green Votes to Support Troops, School Districts, Domestic Energy Development
July 2, 2010
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) voted for and the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4899, the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2010. Included in the bill are key provisions such as emergency funding for school districts, the Gulf Coast oil spill, border security, energy loans. The costs of the additional funding are fully offset.
“The FY10 Supplemental Appropriations bill includes just over $37 billion to fund our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for our continued security at home and abroad,” said Rep. Green.
Included in the supplemental is $10 billion for an Education Jobs Fund that will provide emergency support to local school districts to prevent impending layoffs. This fund will be administered by the Department of Education that will make formula allocations based on total population and school age population. The bill prohibits states from using these funds to add to “Rainy Day Funds” or pay off debt.
The supplemental also provides $701 million to strengthen enforcement on the southern border of the U.S. $208.4 million will be used for 1,200 additional Border Patrol agents and $136 million will maintain the current Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer staffing levels and add 500 additional officers at the ports of entry along the southwest border.
“This bill provides an important component of our long-term domestic energy portfolio,” Rep. Green added. “Through nuclear loan guarantees, 3 nuclear energy expansion projects, including one in South Texas, will receive additional and needed funds.”
On May 12, 2010, members of the Texas delegation sent a bipartisan and bicameral letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations requesting that the Department of Energy (DoE) back nuclear loan guarantees. Signed on to the letter were Senators Hutchison and Cornyn, and Congressmen Gene Green, Chet Edwards, Charles Gonzalez, and Ciro Rodriguez. The supplemental included $180 million to allow $18 billion in innovative technology energy loans, split evenly between nuclear and renewable energy programs.