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Brooklyn Congressmember enumerates funding priorities for next fiscal year

May 20, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CAPITOL HILL AND BROOKLYN — REP. NYDIA M. VELÁZQUEZ (D-07/NORTHERN BROOKLYN) LED 10 LETTERS to the House Appropriations Committee outlining her programmatic funding priorities — including education, public housing, healthcare and the local environment — for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2025 appropriations process. Among Rep. Velázquez’s priorities are “Protecting our Frontlines Communities from Hazardous Superfund Sites,” which she is co-leading with fellow Brooklyn Congressmember Dan Goldman (D-10). This priority supports total funding of $356 million for the Hazardous Substance Superfund Account to keep up with inflation and the increase in Superfund sites. Rep. Velázquez is also prioritizing “Robust Funding for Teacher Quality Partnership Grants,” advocating for at least $132 million for the Teacher Quality Partnership Grant (TQP), the only federal initiative targeted directly to teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education, and authorized under Title II of the Higher Education Act; and also in this field: specifying the inclusion of the arts and music in a “well-rounded education” and the eligibility of Title I funds to be used to support arts education programs.

Other priorities include Supporting Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer Peer Reviewed Research and a similarly titled letter for liver cancer treatment funding; supporting and remedying ADHD drug shortages; and barring the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from using private prison facilities and any agreements that attempt to use funds for Department of Justice contracted agreements for immigration enforcement.

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