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House passes appropriations package with $14.5M for NEPA projects

Times Leader

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright this week voted to pass a seven-bill fiscal year 2022 appropriations package — H.R. 4502 — on a 219-208 vote.

In addition to strong funding for infrastructure, job training, education, veterans’ health care and more, the package includes $14.5 million in direct funding for seven projects in Northeastern Pennsylvania:

• $1 million for the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce in Wilkes-Barre to create a business development hub.

• $3.5 million for the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority in Luzerne County to support stormwater infrastructure improvements.

• $1.85 million for YMCAs across NEPA to provide mental health and substance use disorder treatment and rehabilitation.

• $1.15 million for Hazleton City to combat hunger.

• $2 million for Wayne County to build a substance use disorder rehabilitation to workforce regional facility

• $2 million for Lackawanna College in Scranton to establish a technical and vocational education center.

• $3 million for Moosic Borough to build a new combination police and fire facility.

Cartwright, D-Moosic, said these bills will next be negotiated in a House-Senate conference committee.

“Funding bills are a reflection of our values, and this package shows we value and believe in the American people,” said Cartwright, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “Not only does it make investments in creating good-paying jobs, caring for veterans and growing opportunity for workers and families across the nation, it also addresses challenges we face in Northeastern Pennsylvania, with direct funding for things like substance use disorder treatment, local police, job training and business development. With its passage today, we are advancing the values of prosperity and justice for all.”

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