Stefanik Secures Wins for NY-21 in Annual Funding Package

Votes to Strengthen our National Defense, Provide Security Assistance to Ukraine

March 9, 2022

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the below statement following the House passage of Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations Package:
 
“I am proud to return millions in taxpayer dollars to our district through this year’s appropriations process. Over the past year, I have worked to secure many critical wins for Upstate New York and the North Country, including millions in resources to maintain and improve Fort Drum’s military readiness, provisions for the child care needs of our district, programs to promote our economic development and protect our region’s environmental priorities, and funding for broadband expansion and other critical infrastructure projects. I will always fight to give families in my district a seat at the highest levels of government and deliver results for them.
 
“Tonight, I voted to strengthen defense spending and pass needed security aid for Ukraine, which is critical in an increasingly dangerous world, but I do not support the House Democrats' efforts to double down on their broken agenda with more reckless government spending. While I am proud to have worked to include several wins for Upstate New York and the North Country in this year’s appropriations package, Speaker Pelosi’s bill – drafted in the dead of night and behind closed doors – contains Far-Left, partisan provisions that I could not support and fails to address the ongoing energy crisis and would fail to halt historic, skyrocketing inflation at a time when Upstate New York and North Country families are struggling.”
 
Throughout the appropriations process, Stefanik worked to include several key wins for Upstate New York and the North Country. Through the final Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations Package, Stefanik delivered funding for NY-21 community projects and secured several additional wins that she advocated for, including:
 
Wins for Fort Drum, the Fort Drum Community, and Emerging Technologies
  • $27 million for the Fort Drum Wellfield to provide a safe and secure water supply for Fort Drum, soldiers, and their families
  • $10 million increase for Air Force quantum network testbed at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome
 
Wins to Promote Economic Development
  • $1 million for Clinton County Business Ready Capital Project to provide interior improvements to a 58,823 square foot multipurpose facility originally constructed by the United States Air Force in 1956 to outfit the building for a prospective industrial tenant
  • $1 million for North Country Community College to update and upgrade North Country Community College’s three nursing labs to strengthen the skill set and pipeline of well-prepared nurses for hospitals and community providers in Essex County and Franklin County, two of the most rural counties in New York
  • $205,000 for Warren County Employment and Training to recruit and train local residents to become licensed home-based child care providers, which will expand quality child care options in the community and provide more opportunities for parents to join the workforce
 
Wins for our Rural Communities
  • $997,000 for Essex County’s Agriculture and Youth Center to upgrade the facility to house agricultural youth programs, workforce development trainings, local fairground offices, and other community-supported agricultural products to develop entrepreneurs and retain local youth to participate in the agricultural economy
  • $500,000 for Herkimer Country Broadband Expansion to expand the broadband network to the Towns of Webb, Ohio, Manheim, Russia, and Salisbury
 
Wins for the North Country’s Environmental Priorities
  • $50,000 for US Army Corps of Engineers to remove accumulated sediment from the Salmon River to mitigate recurring ice jam flooding and losses in the Town and Village of Malone
  • $20 million for Lake Champlain Basin Program
  • Increased funding for acid rain monitoring and mitigation in the Northeast, including in the Adirondacks
 
Wins for Infrastructure
  • $3 million for the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority to keep the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge in sustainable working order by addressing deteriorating conditions of the bridge’s steel girder spans and help avert a potentially significant lead-based threat to the environment
  • $950,000 for Warren and Washington County Industrial Development Agency to develop the former General Electric De-Watering Facility in Fort Edward into the Canalside Energy Park to complete design and engineering for the wastewater system, provide upgrades to and extension of the drinking water system, and fund the replacement of the entryway bridge
  • $35 million for Northern Border Regional Commission
 
Stefanik voted to advance the security package, which included defense aid for Ukraine and strengthening our national defense. She voted against Nancy Pelosi’s second bill, which included Far-Left, partisan provisions and failed to address several crises, including American energy independence and skyrocketing inflation and gas prices, which are impacting every family in Upstate New York and the North Country.