Surprise! CA comes out big winner in $1.2 trillion government funding bill
Both the House and the Senate this week passed a $1.2 trillion spending bill that would keep the government running until September.
Both the House and the Senate this week passed a $1.2 trillion spending bill that would keep the government running until September. The bill now awaits President Trump’s signature.
As reported by various outlets, the deal includes $15 billion for the military, and $1.5 billion for border security.
But it also includes a whole lot of funding for California projects. Yesterday, the office of state Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) blasted out a press release detailing the amount these projects -- including $100 million for Caltrain electrification and $407 million in emergency funds to fight wildfires-- are getting. The spending bill would not strip funding for so-called “sanctuary cities,” nor does it strip funding for Planned Parenthood.
Here’s a partial list of CA projects in the spending bill:
- $140 million for drought resiliency projects, which President Trump proposed eliminating.
- $800 million for nine transit projects in California.
- $100 million for Caltrain electrification.
- $100 million for BART to San Jose.
- $150 million for San Francisco Central Subway.
- $100 million for Los Angeles Regional Connector.
- $100 million for Los Angeles Purple Line Phase 1.
- $100 million for Los Angeles Purple Line Phase 2.
- $50 million for San Diego Mid-Coast Light Rail.
- $50 million for Orange County Streetcar.
- $50 million for Sacramento Streetcar.
- $528 million for emergency repairs to U.S. highways that will help California repair roadways damaged by winter storms.
- An additional $407 million in emergency funds to fight wildfires in advance of a potentially catastrophic wildfire season.
- $10.2 million for the development of an earthquake early-warning system.
- $43 million to battle youth homelessness.
- $3 billion for the Community Development Block Grant program, which President Trump proposed slashing by $1.5 billion.
- $500 million for TIGER transportation grants, which President Trump proposed eliminating.
- $10 million for water and wastewater infrastructure along the U.S.-Mexico border.
- $4.8 million for restoration of the San Francisco Bay.
- An additional $2 billion for the National Institutes of Health.
- $512 million to combat opioid abuse.
- Additional grant flexibility to spur the development of affordable housing.
- No riders blocking California high-speed rail.
- No riders preempting California law to provide meal and rest breaks for truck drivers.
Evan Halper, DC-based reporter for the LA Times who’s been looking at President Trump’s use of federal money as a reward or punishment for states who support or oppose his agenda. He tweets