President Trump Set to Sign Appropriations Package with Ohio Victories Brown Helped Secure

Later today, President Trump will sign the FY 2019 Department of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies conference report into law, which includes several key Ohio victories that Senator Brown fought to include in the bill.

From Senator Brown: “From critical funding to combat Ohio’s addiction crisis to important investments in Ohio defense facilities, this package is good for our state. I’m glad President Trump is set to sign this package into law with so many bipartisan wins for Ohio.” 

The bipartisan compromise includes the following Ohio wins:

  • Nearly $4 Billion to Combat Addiction Crisis
    • Brown helped secure nearly $4 billion to combat the addiction epidemic.
    • Last month, Brown fought to include $3.8 billion in funding through the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (L-HHS) Appropriations Bill to help fund prevention initiatives and treatment for individuals struggling with addiction.
    • He also fought to include $10 million in funding through the Defense Appropriations Bill to create a program at the Department of Defense (DOD) to research opioid alternatives or non-addictive methods to treat and manage chronic pain.
    • More HERE.
  • More than $1.7 Billion to Support Abrams Tanks and Stryker Vehicles
    • Brown helped secure $1.79 billion to protect critical manufacturing jobs at Lima’s Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC). 
    • Brown previously fought to secure program authorization in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and then fought to include funding in the defense committee bill.
    • The final bill includes $265.2 million to continue Stryker vehicle upgrades, and more than $1.5 billion for upgrades to the Abrams Tanks.
    • More HERE.
  • Investments for Job Training, Education Programs
    • Brown announced significant investments in job training and education programs.
    • Brown helped secure investments in programs that will increase funding for apprenticeship programs, veteran job training programs, and other programs to help Ohioans attain education and employment.
    • More HERE.
  • $1.2 Billion for Research and Development Missions Headquartered at Wright-Patt
    • Brown helped secure $1.2 billion to continue critical research and development missions at the Air Force Research Lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. 
    • The greater Dayton region is home to exceptional educational programs that continue to develop engineering and scientific professionals that keep Ohio on the cutting edge of aerospace technology.
    • More HERE.
  • Language to Protect Cincinnati NIOSH Project
    • Brown secured language protecting the continuation of site acquisition and construction of Cincinnati’s new National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) facility.
    • The NIOSH facilities in Cincinnati employ more than 500 Ohioans.
    • In June, Brown voted against an effort to pass the so-called “rescissions package,” which would have slashed the fund that is supposed to pay for construction of Cincinnati’s new NIOSH facility by half.
    • More HERE.
  • Federal Investment to Train Pediatricians, Support Expecting Mothers
    • Brown was able to secure investments to help improve healthcare for Ohio mothers, children, and families.
    • Brown led efforts to ensure the package includes $325 million for the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program to help train new pediatricians and $123 million for the Healthy Start Program to improve maternal and infant health. 
    • More HERE.
  • Amendment to Improve Early Detection of Black Lung among Miners
    • Brown secured an amendment to boost participation in federal programs that detect and treat black lung disease among coal miners. 
    • Increasing participation in the program could help save lives by early identification of black lung and give us a better understanding on how to treat black lung.
    • This amendment would require the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to submit a report to Congress on potential barriers to participation in the Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program.
    • More HERE.
  • $1 million in Funding for Brown’s Firefighter Cancer Registry Act
    • Brown helped secure $1 million for his Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, which requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create and maintain a voluntary registry to collect data on cancer incidence among firefighters. 
    • The data collected by the registry will be used with existing state data to better assess and prevent cancer among firefighters.
    • President Trump signed Brown’s bill into law in July.
    • More HERE.