October 31, 2019
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) applauded the passage of four appropriations bills today. These bills fund nearly one-third of all non-defense discretionary spending and provide the necessary funding for the Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other agencies.
“I am glad we were able to pass these vital appropriations bills today—a first step to fully funding the government,” Inhofe said. “This legislation includes many of my provisions that benefit Oklahomans, including funding to maintain and operate rural flood prevention infrastructure, support our law enforcement community, advance aviation workforce development and invest in competitive grant programs that will benefit our state and local communities for years to come.
“While I am pleased with the wins for Oklahoma in this appropriations package, it is vitally important that we next approve the FY20 defense spending measure, and I hope the Democrats will cooperate in the same manner on this package we passed today.”
The bill includes $175 million for flood prevention projects and activities. This adheres to Inhofe’s request to fully fund the Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations program and empowers the Natural Resources Conservation Service to work with local sponsors to install watershed protection and improvement projects.
“This spring, Oklahomans across the state faced record rainfall and severe weather, leading to widespread destruction and flooding. Securing this funding will improve and modernize existing flood protection structures in rural watersheds that protect the lives and property of all Oklahomans.”
The bill also included $545 million for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program, the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions.
“By improving mental-health crisis response training in the law enforcement community, we can better help officers, individuals in crisis and our entire community,” Inhofe said. “This funding has the capacity to help a lot of Oklahomans who are on the front lines making sure we are safe on a daily basis. I am proud to continue to fight for the betterment of the law enforcement community in Congress.”
Earlier this year, Inhofe introduced legislation to improve law enforcement behavioral health crisis response training.
Background on Inhofe provisions:
Department of Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS)
Department of Agriculture
Department of the Interior
Department of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development