U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock said he was among the lawmakers who pushed for changes to be made.
“Earlier today, I urged leaders in Congress to remove an awful provision from the gov’t funding bill that would have cut $434 million of Georgia’s much-needed COVID relief funds,” he wrote on Twitter. “I’m glad this issue was resolved, and I will always fight to ensure Washington treats Georgia fairly.”
The coronavirus funding request has now been placed in a stand-alone bill that will receive a vote in the coming days, and the controversial language affecting Georgia and 29 other states was removed.
Once that issue was settled, the House moved to bring the government spending package to the floor. It was split into two votes to allow lawmakers who support the defense and national security provisions to vote in favor of that while opposing the rest of the legislation.
The military and defense language passed overwhelmingly, 361-69. Georgia Reps. Andrew Clyde, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Jody Hice were among the 54 Republicans who voted “no” alongside 15 liberal Democrats.
The rest of the spending bill was approved by a narrower margin but still with bipartisan support, 260-171. Georgia’s delegation split along party lines with all Democrats in favor and all Republicans opposed.
U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter was among the lawmakers who said he supported the defense spending, including emergency aid to Ukraine, while opposing the larger package over the rushed timeline for approval. The final version of the 2,741-page bill was released early Wednesday morning.
“I recognize that the crisis unfolding in Ukraine is more important than the politicization in Washington, which is why I voted yes for the defense package,” the Pooler Republican said in a statement Wednesday night.
The House also passed by voice vote a stop-gap measure to extend current government funding a few more days to ensure the Senate has time to pass the omnibus package without risking a government shutdown.
For the first time in over a decade, the spending package includes funding that lawmakers requested for local, district-based projects. Georgia’s six Democrats in the House, two Democratic senators, Carter and Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk requested and received funding for dozens of projects.
More dollars to fund transportation and infrastructure projects for Georgia also are found in the bill as a result of a separate, preexisting request process.
U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson saw eight projects that he championed receive funding that totaled about $5 million.
“Ensuring that constituents in Georgia’s Fourth District have the resources we need to make our community healthier, safer, stronger, and even more resilient is my number one priority,” the Lithonia Democrat said in a statement. “These investments support underserved areas and foster economic development, making a real difference in the lives of so many in our community.”
Georgia projects earmarked in the omnibus
A list of approved projects in Georgia with price tags above $2 million, including the name of the lawmaker(s) who submitted the proposal.
Moody Air Force Base helicopter parking apron, $12.5 million, Sen. Jon Ossoff, Sen. Raphael Warnock
Atlanta to Savannah Passenger Rail Environmental Impact Statement, $8 million, Ossoff
City of McIntyre and Wilkinson County Sewer System, $6.3 million, Ossoff, Warnock
Georgia Institute of Technology Coastal Infrastructure and Resilience Research Initiative, $5 million, Rep. Buddy Carter, Ossoff, Warnock
Southeast Georgia Health System Inc. for facilities and equipment, $5 million, Warnock
University of Georgia, Johnny Isakson Center for Brain Science and Neurological Disorders, $5 million, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina
Fort Stewart Barracks planning and design, $5 million, Ossoff, Warnock
Cass-White Road from Busch Drive to Great Valley Parkway- Phase II, $5 million, Rep. Barry Loudermilk
Atlanta BeltLine, $5 million, Ossoff, Warnock
Heart of Georgia Railroad Rehabilitation and Upgrades, $5 million, Warnock
MARTA Operations and Maintenance Facility, $5 million, Warnock
Augusta-Richmond County water and sewer, $3.9 million, Warnock
MARTA Electric Vehicle Buses, $3.9 million, Ossoff, Warnock
Fort Gordon Cyber Center of Excellence, $3.7 million, Warnock
Augusta University Medical Center MRI equipment, $3.5 million, Ossoff
Augusta-Richmond County stormwater, $3.2 million, Warnock
City of Atlanta Center for Diversion and Services Pilot Program, $3 million, Warnock
Fort Valley State University to expand the Cooperative Development Program, $3 million, Warnock
Truman Linear Park Trail, $3 million, Warnock
Driskell Park, Albany, $3 million, Rep. Sanford Bishop
Johnson Rocks Revetment Project, Glynn County, $2.9 million, Carter
Forest Service Land Acquisition, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest $2.6 million, Warnock
Chattahoochee RiverLands Environmental Review and Final Design for Phase II, $2.5 million, Rep. David Scott, Ossoff, Warnock
Spelman College information technology upgrades, $2.5 million, Ossoff
Ritz Theater and Cultural Center, Albany, $2.2 million, Bishop
Hosea Helps Care Facility and Program Expansion Project , $2.2 million, Rep. Nikema Williams
Augusta University’s Primary Care Pathway Program, $2.1 million, Warnock
Meals On Wheels Atlanta, $2 million, Warnock
Big Shanty Widening, Kennesaw, $2 million, Loudermilk
Community Food Hub Southwest Georgia Project, $2 million, Bishop