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Rep. Young Kim Statement on H.R. 4502

July 29, 2021

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Young Kim (CA-39) released the following statement on H.R. 4502, Democrats’ FY22 partisan appropriations bills. 

“The power of the purse is the constitutional authority of the House of Representatives to fund the federal government and not one to be taken lightly. We must spend taxpayer dollars effectively and responsibly. Unfortunately, the appropriations bills before the House this week are not serious attempts to legislate, with no chance of passing the Senate and becoming law. This minibus is also filled with partisan priorities, including destroying decades of bipartisan consensus by allowing for taxpayer funding of abortion services and increasing federal spending by more than 20 percent at a time when our country is running historic deficits. As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, reckless spending will hit the brakes on our economic recovery, resulting in more federal debt, higher prices of everyday goods and ultimately more money out of the pockets of taxpayers.  

“As the appropriations process continues in the Senate, I will continue to do all I can to fight for important projects from California’s 39th District in the final funding package. I’m proud to support these projects that ensure taxpayer dollars go toward where they are needed most, instead of to the discretion of Washington bureaucrats. I will continue to advocate for responsible bipartisan appropriations bills that can ultimately pass the Senate and can be signed into law by the President.” 

Included in H.R. 4502 are several partisan priorities such as:  

  • Repealing the Hyde Amendment, a historically bipartisan initiative to prohibit taxpayer-funded abortions that has saved nearly 2.5 million lives over the past 45 years;  

  • Increasing federal spending by nearly 21% above FY2021 levels, totaling $597.7 billion;  

  • Boosting the budgets of some agencies by up to 30-40% over current levels; 

  • Prohibiting any information sharing between the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and Health and Human Services that would help address the large influx of migrants in our southern border; and, 

  • Eliminating long-standing prohibition of the transfer of detainees currently at Guantanamo Bay to the U.S.