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March 10, 2022

Congresswoman Bourdeaux Votes To Pass FY22 Omnibus Spending Bill Investing in Georgia Families; Brings Over $5 Million Directly To Gwinnett & Forsyth Counties

Rep. Bourdeaux Proudly Delivers $5.07 Million in Federal Funding For Local Community Projects

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) voted to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022, which included $5.07 million to fund all ten of the Community Project Funding requests submitted for Gwinnett and Forsyth Counties. Last year, Congresswoman Bourdeaux submitted ten local projects for consideration by the House for direct federal funding. These projects will meet the diverse needs of Georgia’s 7th District and include funding for schools, minority-owned small businesses, public housing, veterans, and much more. 

Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux said, “This year’s omnibus package includes billions to help Georgia families thrive. I am proud to deliver comprehensive funding that invests in transformative community programs, prioritizes expanding access to health care and affordable education, as well as supports the people of Ukraine against Russian aggression.

“I am also excited to announce that after more than a year of hard work, I am bringing more than $5 million back to the hardworking people of Georgia’s 7th to fund critical local projects that benefit our community. These projects include funding to help hire veterans, expand early-learning in underinvested communities, promote infrastructure innovation, support minority business opportunity, and increase investment in local schools and so much more.”

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 provides $1.5 trillion in discretionary resources across the 12 fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills. It furthers the Congresswoman’s commitment to investing in Georgia families with substantial increases to non-defense funding and an end to President Trump’s budget that held the American people back.

In total, the 12 appropriations bills include $730 billion in non-defense funding, a $46 billion increase over fiscal year 2021. This 6.7 percent increase in non-defense funding is the largest in four years. The bills provide $782 billion in total defense funding – an increase of $42 billion, 5.6 percent, over fiscal year 2021.

Also included in the Omnibus Spending Bill is the largest increase to the Federal Pell Grants in more than a decade, a record investment in the Department of Veterans Affairs to expand mental health care treatment services and homeless assistance programs, and billions in funding for maternal and child health care. Additionally, the funding bill includes a $281 million increase in funding to help the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) address the rising immigration backlog. The bill would also fully fund programs included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to realize the full promise of this historic legislation.

In spring of 2021, Rep. Bourdeaux submitted funding requests for important community projects in Georgia’s 7th District to the House Appropriations Committee. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 includes funding for all 10 of her community projects.

Listed below are the projects Congresswoman Bourdeaux has submitted and delivered on behalf of her community.

Gwinnett County funding projects:

  • $720,000 will go to Hire Heroes USA’s Partnered Career Transition Program to help them directly support our servicemembers, veterans, and their spouses find employment.
  • The Gwinnett Water Tower, which performs water research and community engagement work, is on the cutting edge of developing leading water technologies and reimagining cutting-edge water tech ecosystems. The Water Tower will receive $310,000 to help them tackle our most pressing challenges in the water sector and improve water sector infrastructure.
  • Georgia Gwinnett College will receive $1,450,000 to provide an affordable, quality education and residential experience through their Living Learning Communities for IT and Health Sciences.
  • $770,000 will go to Gwinnett Schools’ Foundation for Building Babies’ Brains ⁠— Ready Initiative and their work to close the readiness gap and prepare our youngest community members for long-term success.
  • $150,000 is going to the Lawrenceville Housing Authority to help combat housing insecurity in our community. The funding will help people access decent, safe, and clean housing.
  • The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center will get $100,000 to provide low or no-cost business management training & consulting services in the native languages of GA-07 community members. This will ensure resources are accessible to our diverse community.
  • Peachtree Corner’s Curiosity Lab will get $495,000 to build a Curiosity Lab Mobility Hub and continue their work on improving our community’s transit options to better accommodate, autonomous vehicles, drones, and other clean-energy vehicles

Forsyth County funding projects: 

  • Forsyth County’s Crisis Intervention Team will receive $235,000 for training on how to most effectively respond to those having a behavioral health crisis. This training is crucial to protecting all involved from harm and injury.
  • $90,000 will go to Forsyth County’s Insight Program and help increase our community’s capacity to serve at-risk young people.
  • The Forsyth County School District’s Spark! Igniting Learning, Birth and Beyond program will get $750,000 so we can break down external barriers on our young learners, including poverty, transit, and language.

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Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia, and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, and economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure. 

Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.