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Washington D.C.
United States Senator John Cornyn
News Release
Thursday, February 08, 2018

What the Bipartisan Budget Act Means for Texas 


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

Read the full bill text here.

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.

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