DeLauro releases 2023 Government Funding Legislation

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Omnibus includes highest level for non-defense funding ever, lowers the cost of living for working families, creates better-paying jobs, and keeps our nation and communities safe; Provides critical funding to support Ukraine and relief to help communities recover from natural disasters

House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) today joined Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in releasing the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 consisting of all 12 fiscal year 2023 appropriations bills. This government funding package also includes emergency supplemental funding to respond to the devastation that recent natural disasters and extreme weather events have left behind and emergency resources to support the Ukrainian people and protect global democracy in the face of Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine.


“This bipartisan government funding bill furthers House Democrats’ commitment to increasing federal investments in the programs and services that lower the cost of living for hardworking families, create better-paying jobs, keep our nation and communities safe, and protect our environment,” said Chair DeLauro. “Building off last year’s success, I am proud that we once again fund community projects, responding directly to many districts’ most pressing needs. As communities across the country work to rebuild after unprecedented natural disasters, this bill provides the urgently needed support to help families, small businesses, and entire towns and cities get back on their feet and repair damaged infrastructure. It also includes funding to support the people of Ukraine as they continue to fight against Russia’s grievous invasion. This bill includes critical investments that help our communities and move our country forward.”


The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, provides $1.7 trillion in discretionary resources across the fiscal year 2023 appropriations bills.


In total, the regular 12 appropriations bills include $800 billion in non-defense funding, a $68 billion—9.3 percent—over last year. This is the highest level for non-defense funding ever and a larger increase in both dollar and percentage than fiscal year 2022. The bills also provide $858 billion in defense funding.


The appropriations bills also include—for the first time—$5 billion in mandatory funding for the Cost of War Toxic Exposures Fund established in the Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022. Combined with discretionary funding provided for Veterans Medical Care, these resources will help fulfill House Democrats’ commitment to veterans without endangering other key investments in social services such as child care, medical research, housing, education, and other non-defense programs.


The appropriations provisions help working families with the cost of living by:


  • Creating better-paying jobs by supporting high-quality job training and apprenticeship programs, helping small business owners and entrepreneurs access the capital they need, rebuilding crumbling infrastructure, investing in the economic development of distressed communities, and preserving our advanced manufacturing base.
  • Keeping our nation and our communities safe by supporting local, state, and federal law enforcement, fighting gun violence, defending global democracy from Russian and Chinese threats, investing in research and development, protecting our military personnel and installations, enhancing our maritime, border, and cyber security, strengthening our nuclear deterrent, and prioritizing diplomacy and global development efforts.
  • Protecting our environment through environmental enforcement efforts, investments in clean and renewable energy and climate science, support for farmers and rural communities, a renewed focus on environmental justice, and leadership in the global fight against climate change.
  • Expanding access to homeownership, bringing the promise of rural broadband to more communities, expanding child care and early learning programs to serve more working families, and investing in America’s high-poverty schools and students with disabilities
  • For the second year in a row after a decade, funding community projects that respond directly to pressing needs locally and foster the economic development that makes communities healthier, safer, and stronger.

The bill also includes $44.9 billion in much-needed emergency security, economic, and humanitarian aid to support the Ukrainian people and $40.6 billion for other purposes including assisting communities across the country recovering from drought, hurricanes, flooding, wildfire, natural disasters, and other emergencies.


The text of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 is available here. A list of bill highlights is here. A full summary of the appropriations provisions in the bill is here. A summary of the disaster supplemental is here and a one-page fact sheet is here. A summary of the Ukraine supplemental is here.


Individual subcommittee summaries and one-page fact sheets are below:


  • Financial Services and General Government: Summary | Fact Sheet | Explanatory Statement
  • Homeland Security: Summary | Fact Sheet| Explanatory Statement
  • Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies: Summary | Fact Sheet| Explanatory Statement
  • Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies: Summary | Fact Sheet | Explanatory Statement
  • Legislative Branch: Summary | Fact Sheet | Explanatory Statement
  • Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies: Summary | Fact Sheet | Explanatory Statement
  • State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: Summary | Fact Sheet | Explanatory Statement
  • Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies: Summary | Fact Sheet | Explanatory Statement

The legislation, a product of bipartisan negotiations, is expected to be considered first in the Senate and then later in the week by the House.