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Congressman Darren Soto

Representing the 9th District of Florida

Grants and Funding

Appropriations

 

H.R. 5895 – Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019

  1. Electric Delivery Amendment – increases funding by $1 million for the new Electric Delivery program’s activities to accelerate discoveries and innovation in electric transmission and distribution technologies and create “next generation” devices, software, tools, and techniques to help modernize the electric grid.  Amendment adopted by voice vote. Passed the House on 6/8/18
  2. Cybersecurity and Electric Grid Emergency Response Amendment – increases funding by $1 million for the new office of cybersecurity, energy security, and emergency response program to improve the ability of the energy sector to prevent, prepare for, and respond to threats, hazards, natural disaster, and other supply disruptions. Amendment adopted by voice vote. Passed the House on 6/8/18

 

H.R. 1625 – Consolidated Appropriations Act

  • Grassroots Water Amendment -   Increases the funding of the Grassroots Source Water Protection Program by $500,000. This program helps prevent pollution of surface and ground water used as the primary source of drinking water by rural residents. Amendment was adopted on the Floor when offered to H.R. 3354. The amendment was included in the Omnibus base text. Passed the House on 3/22/18 and signed into law on 3/23/18 as part of Public Law No: 115-141.
  • Citrus Greening Amendment -  Increases funding for Specialty Crop Pest Program by $1,000,000 for the Huanglongbing Multi-Agency Coordination efforts. Citrus Greening research is crucial to the eradication of this invasive disease. The Huanglongbing Multi-Agency Corrdination Group collaborate with industry, academia, and the state and federal researchers to concentrate on solutions to the most challenging issues associated with citrus greening. Amendment was adopted on the Floor when offered to H.R. 3354. The amendment was included in the Omnibus base text. Passed the House on 3/22/18 and signed into law on 3/23/18 as part of Public Law No: 115-141.
  • Tax Counseling for the Elderly Amendment - Increases funding for Tax Counseling for the Elderly by $1 million. The Tax Counseling for the Elderly program offers free tax help to individuals who are age 60 and older. These funds are used to reimburse volunteers for their out-of-pocket expenses; including transportation, meals, and other expenses incurred by them in providing tax counseling assistance at locations convenient to the elderly taxpayers. Amendment was adopted on the Floor when offered to H.R. 3354. The amendment was included in the Omnibus base text. Passed the House on 3/22/18 and signed into law on 3/23/18 as part of Public Law No: 115-141.
  • Housing for the Elderly Amendment -  Increases funding for Housing for the Elderly by $2.5 million. HUD’s Section 202 program serves very low income seniors (as defined as having incomes below 50% of the area median income). The average income of a 202 household is $13,300. 202 housing sponsors are ALL nonprofits who provide mission-driven quality housing to older adults. There are about 400,000 Section 202 homes in the United States, including about 19,000 units of 202 homes in Florida. The waiting lists to get into Section 202 housing can be years long. Because of the lack of options for affordable housing, homelessness among older adults is increasing. Only 36% of today’s seniors who qualify for housing assistance actually receive it because the programs are not large enough to meet older adults’ needs. Amendment was adopted on the Floor when offered to H.R. 3354. The amendment was included in the Omnibus base text. Passed the House on 3/22/18 and signed into law on 3/23/18 as part of Public Law No: 115-141.
  • Prostate Cancer Research – Increases funding for prostate cancer research under the Defense Health Program by $10 million. Increases total funding for prostate cancer research to $100 million. Amendment was adopted on the Floor when offered to H.R. 3354. The amendment was included in the Omnibus base text. Passed the House on 3/22/18 and signed into law on 3/23/18 as part of Public Law No: 115-141.
  • Gulfwar Illness Research – Increases funding for prostate cancer research under the Defense Health Program by $1 million. Increases total funding for gulf war research to $21 million. Amendment was adopted on the Floor when offered to H.R. 3354. The amendment was included in the Omnibus base text. Passed the House on 3/22/18 and signed into law on 3/23/18 as part of Public Law No: 115-141.

 

H.R. 3354 – Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018 [Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018]

Division A – Interior (H.R. 3354 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018)

  • Estuary Amendment - Increases funding for the National Estuary Program by $468,000. This amount restores funding to the level of President Obama’s funding requests. Helps the Indian River Lagoon fight harmful Algal Blooms. Amendment was adopted by voice vote en bloc, on the Floor and passed the House on 9/14/17.
  • Invasive Species Amendment - Increases funding for the National Wildlife Refuge System by $500,000 for the Wildlife and Habitat Management of invasive species. Amendment was adopted by voice vote en bloc, on the Floor and passed the House on 9/14/17.

Division B – Agriculture (H.R. 3268, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018)

  • Grassroots Water Amendment -   Increases the funding of the Grassroots Source Water Protection Program by $500,000. This program helps prevent pollution of surface and ground water used as the primary source of drinking water by rural residents. Amendment was adopted by voice vote en bloc, on the Floor and passed the House on 9/14/17.
  • Citrus Greening Amendment -  Increases funding for Specialty Crop Pest Program by $1,000,000 for the Huanglongbing Multi-Agency Coordination efforts. Citrus Greening research is crucial to the eradication of this invasive disease. The Huanglongbing Multi-Agency Corrdination Group collaborate with industry, academia, and the state and federal researchers to concentrate on solutions to the most challenging issues associated with citrus greening. Amendment was adopted by voice vote en bloc, on the Floor and passed the House on 9/14/17.

Division D – Financial Services (H.R. 3280, Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2018)

  • Tax Counseling for the Elderly Amendment - Increases funding for Tax Counseling for the Elderly by $1 million. The Tax Counseling for the Elderly program offers free tax help to individuals who are age 60 and older. These funds are used to reimburse volunteers for their out-of-pocket expenses; including transportation, meals, and other expenses incurred by them in providing tax counseling assistance at locations convenient to the elderly taxpayers. Amendment was adopted by voice vote en bloc, on the Floor and passed the House on 9/14/17.

Division H – Transportation/Housing and Urban Development (H.R. 3353, Department of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2018)

  • Housing for the Elderly Amendment -  Increases funding for Housing for the Elderly by $2.5 million. HUD’s Section 202 program serves very low income seniroes (as defined as having incomes below 50% of the area median income). The average income of a 202 household is $13,300. 202 housing sponsors are ALL nonprofits who provide mission-driven quality housing to older adults. There are about 400,000 Section 202 homes in the United States, including about 19,000 units of 202 homes in Florida. The waiting lists to get into Section 202 housing can be years long. Because of the lack of options for affordable housing, homelessness among older adults is increasing. Only 36% of today’s seniors who qualify for housing assistance actually receive it because the programs are not large enough to meet older adults’ needs. Amendment was adopted by voice vote en bloc, on the Floor and passed the House on 9/14/17.

 

H.R. 3219 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018 [Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018]

       Division A – Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018

  • Prostate Cancer Research – Increases funding for prostate cancer research under the Defense Health Program by $10 million. Increases total funding for prostate cancer research to $100 million. Amendment was adopted by voice vote, en bloc, on the Floor and passed the House on 7/27/17.
  • Gulfwar Illness Research – Increases funding for prostate cancer research under the Defense Health Program by $1 million. Increases total funding for gulf war research to $21 million. Amendment was adopted by voice vote, en bloc, on the Floor and passed the House on 7/27/17.

 

Grants

 

  • $1,945,961 for Primary Care Medical Services of Poinciana from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • $1,500,000 for Orlando, Kissimmee, Sanford area from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program.
  • $3,531,926,800 contract to Lockheed Martin Corporation from the Department of the Army.
  • $139,600 for Town of Lake Hamilton Police Department from USDA Rural Development Grants.
  • $5,000,000 for City of Orlando Police Department and Orange County Sheriff’s Office from U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) grant to hire 40 new police.
  • $12,000,000 for Florida Department of Transportation, MetroPlan Orlando, and University of Central Florida from the Federal Highway Administration.
  • $38,826 for St. Cloud Fire Rescue from U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG).
  • $4,000,000 for Polk County Fire Rescue from U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.
  • $2,200,000 for Kissimmee Gateway Airport by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s FAA Runway Incursion Mitigation program.
  • $557,000 for Bartow Municipal Airport by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s FAA Runway Incursion Mitigation program.
  • $674,978 for Haines City Fire Rescue from U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG).
  • $82,581 for Lake Wales Municipal Airport from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s FAA Runway Incursion Mitigation program.
  • $82,581 for Winter Haven’s Gilbert Airport from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s FAA Runway Incursion Mitigation program.