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June 25, 2019

Rep. Pressley Secures More Than $10 Million in Critical Community-Based Programs

WASHINGTON – Following the passage of H.R. 3055 – the Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act of 2020 – Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) announced the successful inclusion of her 5 amendments in the final funding package. The amendments provide bold, strategic federal investment in programs that address violence prevention, youth services, transportation infrastructure, and economic opportunity.


Congresswoman Pressley’s amendments were included in the final bill, which passed out of the House moments ago.


$2 million for Community Based Violence Prevention programs This amendment supports locally led and community-based prevention and trauma support programs.


“Violence begets violence,” said Congresswoman Pressley. “Whether it’s domestic violence, sexual violence, gun violence, gang and street violence — we must stop treating it as an issue of law and order, but rather invest in the public and social health needs of our most vulnerable people and communities.”


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$3 million for the Children of Incarcerated Parents This amendment provides additional funds for the Children of Incarcerated Parents Grants Demonstration Grants program – which supports state, local projects intended to support the more than 1.7 million children with at least one incarcerated parent.  


“Mass incarceration and the lingering effects of a criminal record can have profound impact on families,” said Congresswoman Pressley. “From unemployment and financial instability to eviction and hunger – for families involved in our criminal INJUSTICE system, incarceration is quite literally a shared sentence. As lawmakers, as mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, we can and must do better.”


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$5 million for Family Self Sufficiency Program This amendment increases funding to the Family Self Sufficiency Program at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This program helps to support public housing residents build savings and reach financial stability.


“Access to stable, safe, and affordable housing is a fundamental human right,” said Congresswoman Pressley. “In my district, the Massachusetts 7th, one of the most diverse and unequal districts in our nation, we are distinctly aware of the interconnectedness between housing and economic opportunity. Affordable housing promotes healthy living and provides low-income people a chance at upward mobility. Without it, families are destabilized, productivity suffers, and entire communities crumble.”


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$1 million for BUILD Grants Program This amendment provides $1 million to the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grants Program in order to reinforce the importance of robust investments in safe, reliant, accessible and efficient transit options including commuter rails, subways, buses, bike and pedestrian paths.


“Transit equity is a civil rights issue and an economic justice issue,” said Congresswoman Pressley. “We must continue to invest in transit infrastructure improvement programs that promote inclusivity and dependability. My amendment emphasizes the important role that federal policy and robust investments make in equalizing access to reliable commuter rail and other mass transit options for all.”


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$1 million to the Farm to School Program- This amendment provides an increase to the Farm to School Program Grant program out of the Department of Agriculture, which supports school districts in improving access to fresh and locally sourced foods in local schools. This amendment passed En Bloc as part of a larger package.



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