Visclosky Testifies before House Appropriations Subcommittees on FY 2020 Priorities

Mar 29, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – This week, Congressman Visclosky testified before four House Appropriations Subcommittees on priorities for Northwest Indiana in Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations bills.

The Congressman expressed support for several federal programs, including:

  • Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant program – This program supports transit projects across the country, including the expansion and recapitalization of the South Shore Rail Line in Northwest Indiana.  The Congressman stated that the administration’s request for the Capital Investment Grant program “of $1.5 billion is wholly inadequate in supporting key transformational investments in our transportation infrastructure,” and urged the Subcommittee to “flatly reject this inadequate funding level proposed in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget request.”
  • International Trade Commission – This agency is instrumental to enforcing U.S. trade laws and supporting steel and manufacturing workers in Northwest Indiana and across the country.  Specifically, the Congressman stated that “the ITC needs to update and modernize their informational technology infrastructure, hire additional personnel, and manage increasingly high unfair trade caseloads.  I urge the Subcommittee to ensure the ITC is fully funded at $101 million for Fiscal Year 2020, so that it can perform its investigative work, as well as judiciously and expeditiously resolve cases.”
  • National Park Service’s Facility Operations and Maintenance account – This account supports projects to address the National Park Service’s deferred maintenance backlog.  The Congressman stated, “For Fiscal Year 2018, the Indiana Dunes had a maintenance backlog of nearly $28 million.  This has hindered the Park’s ability to maintain trails and roadways, demolish structures, and restore parcels of land to their natural state for public enjoyment.  Nationwide, the National Park Service’s deferred maintenance backlog totals nearly $11.9 billion.”
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention program – This program supports efforts in a number of states, including Indiana, that make sure that children exposed to lead can receive blood screenings and be connected with treatment services as necessary.  The Congressman stated, “While these efforts are commonly associated with the need to address lead in household paint products, they are also vitally important in communities with an industrial legacy, such as East Chicago, Indiana, which is a city in my district that contains a Superfund site contaminated with lead and arsenic in the soil.  No resident of my district or any other area, should have to suffer from the harsh effects of lead exposure, particularly children.”
  • Implementation of the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act of 2018 – This law requires that the National Archives and Records Administration collect, prepare, and publish civil rights cold case records kept at the Department of Justice for public disclosure.  The Congressman stated, “For too long, families of lynching and other hate crime victims have gone without information regarding crimes against their ancestors.  I remain deeply cognizant of the legacy of racial inequality that continues to be present today in the United States, and I believe that we should do everything in our power to confront and address the suffering caused by racial terror and violence.”

Congressman Visclosky’s full testimonies before the Appropriations Subcommittees are available below: