Throughout my entire time in Congress, I have been a strong supporter of scientific and medical research. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I’m proud of the work my committee has done to invest in life-saving medical research by increasing funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In Houston, we are blessed to have the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world, which is at the forefront of advancements to treat and cure rare diseases. Texas has the best doctors and scientists in the world, and I believe strong government investment will lead to breakthroughs in Houston that will benefit Americans and people across the world.
Additionally, we provided nearly $4 billion in funds to help address the terrible opioid epidemic. This includes an additional $300 million for state and local law enforcement programs to address the crisis and $1.7 billion for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
I have always been a strong supporter of Community Health Centers, which received a two-year funding extension in 2018, as well as the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which received an unprecedented 10-year extension in 2017. I also worked to prevent the cut in funding to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospitals, which benefits many Houstonians. I am proud to support the science and health community, and I will continue to fight for medical and scientific research funding.