Washington May 4, 2017 – Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the agreement to continue funding the federal government:
“Senators Schumer and Leahy deserve congratulations for rebuffing the draconian funding cuts and poison pill riders proposed by President Trump and congressional Republicans. Most importantly, the bill directs no money to the Trump border wall, doesn’t strip funding for Planned Parenthood and rejects $18 billion in cuts proposed by the president.
“I’m particularly pleased that the bill includes $100 million for the Caltrain modernization project. This funding should never have been threatened in the first place and the Trump administration should now sign the grant agreement and fund the project as directed by the bill.
“The bill includes $140 million to continue improving California’s water infrastructure, as authorized by the drought bill passed in December. We’ve seen great improvements because of a wet winter, but there’s much left to be done to ensure we’re able to cope with future droughts.”
Key California priorities in the bill:
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- $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.
- No riders stripping funding from sanctuary cities.