Rep. Omar Passes Seven Amendments

July 31, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON–Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) sponsored six amendments that passed yesterday in the State, Foreign Operations, Agriculture, Rural Development, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, the House’s first minibus of the 2021 fiscal year appropriations bill—and an additional amendment through the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The first amendment increases funding for Bureau of Economic Analysis for the purpose of studying the economic impacts of a universal basic income program on the national economic recovery effort. The second amendment increases funding to the Federal Prison System to highlight the importance of providing cost-free reading and learning materials in detention facilities. The third amendment increases grants to state and local law enforcement agencies for the expenses associated with the investigation and prosecution of criminal offenses, involving civil rights, authorized by the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016. The fourth amendment clarifies that the Department of Energy’s Section 1703 Loan Program must provide loans only to clean energy projects that avoid, reduce, or sequester air pollutants or human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases. The fifth amendment increases funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with the intention that the agency use the funds to conduct a study on the health impacts of mercury exposure caused by the use of commercial skin lightening products. The sixth amendment co-led with Rep. Pramila Jayapal increases funding for the National Center for Restorative Justice. 

Rep. Omar also passed a bipartisan amendment through the House Foreign Affairs Committee with Rep. Steve Chabot to protect victims of trafficking, slavery, and forced labor, including migrants, in Libya. 

Omar #126 – Universal Basic Income Study 

Increases funding for Bureau of Economic Analysis for the purpose of studying the economic impacts of a universal basic income program on the national economic recovery effort

Omar #127 – Reading Materials for Inmates

Increases funding to $500,000 to the Federal Prison System to highlight the importance of providing cost-free reading and learning materials in detention facilities

Omar #128 – Civil Rights Investigations 

Increases grants to state and local law enforcement agencies for the expenses associated with the investigation and prosecution of criminal offenses, involving civil rights, authorized by the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016

Omar #179 – Clean Energy Loans

Clarifies that the Department of Energy’s Section 1703 Loan Program is providing loans only to clean energy projects that avoid, reduce, or sequester air pollutants or human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases

Omar #272 – Study Danger of Skin Lightening Creams

Increases funding for the CDC with the intention that the agency use the funds to conduct a study on the health impacts of mercury exposure caused by the use of commercial skin lightening products

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Jayapal/Omar #103 – National Center for Restorative Justice

Increases funding for the National Center for Restorative Justice

Chabot/Omar #59 –Libya Stabilization Act to add protections for victims of trafficking, slavery, and forced labor, including migrants

 

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