The Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and the Merrimack River Watershed Council are two possible beneficiaries of federal spending legislation passed by the US House on Thursday
Congresswoman Lori Trahan said she was among those who voted to pass the bill that provides essential aid to Ukraine and support for community projects in the Third District.
“The comprehensive government funding package we have just passed is an investment in a better future,” said MP Trahan. “From providing essential assistance to the people of Ukraine, to reducing costs for working families, to creating American jobs, and supporting the most vulnerable in our communities, this legislation is an essential step in our mission to build a better America and a safer world. ”
The Greater Lawrence Family Health Center is set to receive $2 million to expand its primary health care services at 700 Essex Street in Lawrence by creating an additional 4,000 square feet of new space and renovating the space and the existing equipment. The health center also operates clinics in Methuen and Haverhill.
The Merrimack River Watershed Council would receive $352,000 to support projects to provide safe drinking water in four heavily urbanized and contaminated segments of the Merrimack River.
The legislation provides $13.6 billion in emergency funding to support the people of Ukraine and defend global democracy following the unprovoked attack by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Specifically, the legislation provides $2.7 billion in humanitarian assistance and $1.4 billion in migration and refugee assistance to support refugees fleeing Ukraine; $3 billion in defense assistance; $650 million for the Foreign Military Funding Program to build capabilities to deter Russian aggression in Ukraine and its neighbors; increases the president’s power to transfer defense equipment to Ukraine and other allies to $3 billion; $1.8 billion in economic aid, including energy and cybersecurity; $25 million to the US Agency for Global Media to fight misinformation; and $120 million for USAID Transition Initiatives to support local actors, such as activists and independent media.
The bill is now going to the Senate for consideration.