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Blumenthal Statement on Omnibus Spending Bill

[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Omnibus Appropriations Agreement for Fiscal Year 2022:

“This comprehensive, bipartisan spending bill addresses some of the biggest challenges we face in Connecticut, across the country, and around the world. I’m proud to have fought for measures that will benefit our state – helping real people in real ways. Countless critical programs will receive essential funding from this bill, and billions of dollars will soon be headed Connecticut’s way.”

“The omnibus will invest in our skilled manufacturing workforce, bolster mental health and substance abuse resources, improve VA services for our nation’s veterans, and support America’s middle class and small businesses. As Chair of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and as author of the bipartisan Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act, I fought for provisions to crack down on Big Tobacco’s efforts to supply children with unregulated synthetic nicotine products and to combat hate crimes with new grant programs and funding.”

“I’m also proud of this bill’s historic effort to assist our allies and partners in Ukraine. This legislation will provide vital funding to strengthen security and humanitarian efforts as Vladimir Putin and Russia continue their unprovoked attack. This funding to support our security partners and relocate displaced refugees sends an unequivocal message that the United States is here to help.”