Secures Increases for National Priorities and Funding for San Francisco Projects
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-SF) supported the final omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2001 which passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier today. As a senior member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, Rep. Pelosi successfully fought for significant increases in vital federal programs and for the creation of a new child care facilities initiative. "Throughout this year’s budget negotiations I have made it a priority to increase funding for key programs that directly benefit San Francisco," said Pelosi.
Rep. Pelosi also commended the Clinton administration for winning significant increases for key education and labor initiatives despite Republican opposition, "I strongly support President Clinton’s insistence that we prioritize initiatives to improve the conditions for working men and women and the learning environment for children."
Pelosi also achieved an additional $4.5 million in funding for specific projects in San Francisco:
Today’s bill also allows the Department of Labor to implement its final Ergonomics Standard to protect America’s workers from repetitive motion injuries. "After years of Republican led delays, it is significant that the Congress will now permit the Labor Department to enforce ergonomics protections," said Pelosi. "This demonstrates the value we place on safeguarding America’s workers."
"This omnibus bill also restores payments for Medicare and other federally funded health care programs that were drastically reduced in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. These refinements will help hospitals, nursing homes, and academic health centers continue to provide the high quality care that beneficiaries deserve."