What the Bipartisan Budget Act Means for Texas

In: All News   Posted 02/08/2018

Makes Almost $90 Billion in Disaster Relief Available for Those Recovering from Hurricanes:

  • Ensures Texas will have increased access to Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds
  • Ensures that $15 billion of U.S. Army Corps funding will go directly towards construction in high priority areas impacted by flooding
  • Provides flexibility to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow them to carry out necessary projects in Texas
  • Includes funding to help Texas address lingering transportation issues resulting from Hurricane Harvey
  • Allows the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to distribute formula money using 2000 Census data for areas that temporarily fell below a population of 50,000 as a result of a major disaster (this will apply to Galveston)
  • Authorizes $10 million for the Ready Reserve Fleet port facility in Beaumont, which was damaged by Hurricane Harvey

Extends Children’s Health Insurance Program Long-Term:

  • Extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) an additional four years beyond the six-year reauthorization passed into law earlier this year

Authorizes Additional Funding for Community Health Centers:

  • Reauthorizes the Community Health Center Program for two years and appropriates $60 million for Community Health Centers to support construction, equipment purchase, operational support, and other projects

Protects Texas Agriculture:

  • Includes $2.36 billion of direct ad hoc assistance to producers
  • Makes seed cotton an eligible commodity for the Farm Bill safety net

Invests in Texas Servicemembers and Veterans:

  • Unwinds sequestration cuts hampering our defense efforts
  • Reduces backlog at the Veterans Administration

Fights Against Opioid Abuse:

  • Appropriates $6 billion over two years to combat opioid addiction and substance abuse through prevention programs, funding grants, and law enforcement efforts

Repeals Obamcare’s Bureaucrat-Led Rationing Panel:

  • Includes language from Sen. Cornyn to repeal the Independent Patient Advisory Board (IPAB) and restore health care decision-making back to patients and their doctors