Congresswoman Foushee Praises Passage of the Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations Minibus Bill

Mar 06, 2024
Press

Congresswoman Foushee secures over $11.75 million for community projects in North Carolina’s Fourth District 

WASHINGTON, DC (March 6, 2024) — Today, Congresswoman Valerie Foushee (NC-04), issued the following statement after the House voted to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2024, a package of six domestic funding bills focused on helping families and communities across the United States. The bill also includes fourteen Community Project Funding requests championed by Congresswoman Foushee to deliver federal funding directly to local projects in North Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District.

“Today, I was proud to vote for a bipartisan government funding package that averts a reckless government shutdown, addresses some of our nation’s biggest challenges, and invests in programs and services that people across the country rely on,” said Congresswoman Valerie Foushee (NC-04). “Through these bipartisan funding bills, we are able to make critical federal investments that help the American people with high costs of living, create good paying jobs, protect women’s rights, honor our commitments to our veterans, and confront the climate crisis.

“I am particularly pleased that fourteen of the well-vetted Community Project Funding requests that I submitted last year are included in this bill and will deliver over $11.75 million to essential projects throughout the Fourth District. These project requests came directly from community and local leaders, and I am proud to secure federal assistance that will help address the urgent needs of the district and improve the quality of life for my constituents.”

This appropriations package will fund the following six bills at levels consistent with the bipartisan budget agreement: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Commerce; Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies; Interior, Environmental, and Related Agencies; Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies; and Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies. 

The FY2024 minibus also includes fourteen of the fifteen Community Project Funding requests made by Congresswoman Foushee for Fourth District community non-profits and public institutions to receive direct federal funding. The fourteen Community Project Fending requests are listed below:

  • Tanyard Branch Trace Affordable Housing Development (Town of Chapel Hill) — $1,500,000 
    • Purpose: To develop and build 48 rental units priced to serve households earning between 0% and 60% of the Area Median Income on Town owned land one mile from downtown Chapel Hill and the Northside Neighborhood. 
  • Burlington-Alamance Regional Communications & Records Management Upgrade (City of Burlington) — $963,000 
    • Purpose: To facilitate the implementation of a single Computer Aided Dispatch, Records Management System, and Jail Management System (CAD/RMS/JMS) to serve all law enforcement agencies in Alamance County. 
  • North Granville Water & Sewer Treatment Extension (Granville County Government) — $959,752 
    • Purpose: To fully extend water and sewer infrastructure into the 500-acre Triangle North Granville Business Park. 
  • Person County High School Renovations (Person County Schools) — $730,000 
    • Purpose: To fund essential safety, security, and ADA renovations at Person High School, the flagship high school in Person County. 
  • RDU North Cargo Taxilane Reconstruction Phase II (Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority) — $1,016,279 
    • Purpose: To reconstruct the Taxilane that provides access to the North Cargo aircraft parking apron at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The design life for the new pavement will range from 35-40 years, providing long-term benefits to central North Carolina. 
  • Transit Bus Stop Improvements for Chapel Hill Transit (Town of Chapel Hill) — $850,000 
    • Purpose: To design and improve bus stops within Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and the University of North Carolina service area. 
  • Chin Page Lift Station (Durham County Government) — $959,752 
    • Purpose: To replace the existing Chin Page Lift Station and approximately 5,300 LF of sewer pipe with larger sewer pipe and a larger pump station outside the Stirrup Iron creek floodplain, to provide system resiliency and accommodate increased flows. 
  • BDC Communities Affordable Housing Rehabilitation (Burlington Housing Authority) — $850,000 
    • Purpose: To substantially rehabilitate 368 affordable housing units for low-income families in the City of Burlington. The desired outcome is to preserve 368 units of existing affordable housing. 
  • Durham Rail-crossing Engagement, Planning, And Innovative Revitalization (REPAIR) (Durham County Government) — $850,000 
    • Purpose: To support planning, community engagement, and environmental review to define options for solutions, and preliminary engineering design to address three adjacent railroad crossings in East Durham at S. Plum Street, S. Driver Street, and Ellis Road. 
  • Durham Tech Affordable Housing Initiative (Durham Technical Community College Foundation) — $620,000 
    • Purpose: To build a 124-unit affordable housing development on land owned by the College at 902 S. Briggs Avenue. The development is intended to serve both eligible students at Durham Tech and members of the broader Durham community earning between 30% and 60% of the Area Median Income. 
  • Ephesus Church Road Sidewalk Replacement/Completion (Town of Chapel Hill) — $500,000 
    • Purpose: To add 3,200 feet of new sidewalk, connecting existing sidewalks, along a high-volume, high-speed arterial. 
  • Weavers Grove Community Center and Resilience Hub (Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, NC, Inc.) — $500,000 
    • Purpose: To build a multipurpose space in the mixed-income Weavers Grove community to provide community services and a new public bus stop. 
  • Oxford Waste Water Treatment Plant Filter Replacement (City of Oxford) — $959,752 
    • Purpose: Restoration of filter capacity through the replacement of the City of Oxford’s existing WWTP filters and install two-disc filters. 
  • Southside Revitalization Phases III & IV (City of Durham) — $500,000 
    • Purpose: To complete the construction of 100 affordable housing units, completing the Southside Revitalization project which will total 317 units. The completion of the remaining two phases at Southside will benefit households earning 60% or below the Area Median Income. 

In March 2023, Congresswoman Foushee submitted fifteen requests to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration for Community Project Funding in the Fourth District. All of Congresswoman Foushee’s Community Project Funding requests and financial disclosures can be found here.

The bill text of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2024 can be found here and a full summary of the appropriations provisions is available here.

The remaining six appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2024 are expected to be released in the coming days and be voted ahead of their expiration on March 22.

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