WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Chris Van Hollen’s office is pretty happy with what it calls “Maryland’s wins” in the bills released by the Senate Appropriation Committee.

Van Hollen is a member of the committee, which writes the legislation that determines how federal money is distributed to government agencies. 

His office pointed out close to a billion dollars allocated programs that benefit our area for the 2021 fiscal year. Among the highlights:

  • $6 million for Naval advanced energetics research.
  • $57.4 million for NOAA Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration.
  • $1.75 million for the Chesapeake Bay Nutria Eradication Project.
  • $85 million for the Chesapeake Bay Program.
  • $5 million in funding for the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery Program.
  • $736.921 million for Conservation Technical Assistance.
  • $20 million, a $2 million increase, for the National Science Foundation’s HBCU Excellence in Research Initiative.

The proposed bills also provide additional funding through the Army Corps of Engineers for flood control projects states similar to the work being done in Laurel. 

These bills will serve as the starting point for 2021 budget negotiations but will not become law until the budget is passed by both the House and Senate and signed by the President.