WASHINGTON - Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-SF), a senior Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, successfully fought for significant increases in vital federal programs and for the creation of a new school safety initiative in the Labor-HHS funding bill. It passed the U.S. House of Representatives today by a vote of 393-30. "During this year’s budget debate, I have fought for increases in key programs that directly benefit San Francisco and are priorities for our community," said Pelosi. The following are the funding highlights:
Rep. Pelosi also praised the substantial increases for education that were included, “Although President Bush proposed the smallest increase for education in 5 years, this bill instead provides the largest funding increase in the history of the Department of Education.”
The $6.7 billion increase for education programs includes significantly higher funding levels for the Title I program which provides supplemental resources to school districts that serve high numbers of disadvantaged students. It is estimated that these additional funds will result in an increase of nearly 30% in Title I funding for the San Francisco Unified School District. "The additional funding provided for disadvantaged students will give urgently needed resources to San Francisco and school districts across the country."
Pelosi secured an additional $4.15 million in funding for specific projects in San Francisco:
Pelosi also criticized House Republican negotiators for rejecting a Senate amendment that would have prohibited health insurers from imposing restrictions on mental health care that differ from limits on other care.
"Effective treatments are available for mental illness. By missing the opportunity to provide full mental health parity, we are forcing people to endure needless pain and debt. The Surgeon General has unequivocally stated that distinctions between mental and physical health care have no basis in science. Stigma and stereotypes are the only factors that have kept this inequity alive for so long," Pelosi said.
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