Costa Secures Funding for Critical Valley Services
FRESNO – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 133, a $1.4 trillion omnibus package that makes strong investments in safe and stable communities by expanding access to housing, tackling food insecurity and improving access to healthcare:
“I’m pleased to provide more funding for programs that benefit the people of the valley,” said Costa. “Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our communities are hurting like never before. This funding will go a long way in improving health care, helping our agriculture industry and ensuring that our most underserved residents continue receiving the assistance they need while we battle this global crisis."
The following programs benefit the San Joaquin Valley:
Improving Valley Healthcare by:
- Providing 1,000 new Medicare-funded graduate medical education residency positions, which will benefit rural hospitals serving in areas with medical professional shortages, and those that have reached caps for medical residency.
Assisting Rural Communities with:
- $730 million to expand broadband services;
- $24 billion for the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program
- $1.4 billion for rental assistance for low-income families and the elderly.
Providing for Valley Families with:
- $6 billion in funding for Women, Infants and Children program (WIC);
- $25 billion for child nutrition programs, including providing free or reduced-priced school lunches and snacks for children who qualify;
- $114 billion for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) program.
Assisting Valley Farmers by providing:
- $559 million for water resources projects, including those authorized by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, including:
- $206 million for improvements to the Friant-Kern Canal;
- $13.7 million for pre-construction for Sites Reservoir;
- $11.9 million for expansion of the Los Vaqueros Reservoir;
- $3 million for subsidence correction for Delta Mendota Canal;
- $1.7 million for San Luis Reservoir improvements; which begins the process for the seismic retro fit and increasing water supply behind the reservoir.
- $6 million for the control and eradication of invasive pests such as the navel orangeworm, nutria and the spotted lanternfly.
Funding Conservation Efforts with:
- $1.5 million for monitoring Atmospheric Rivers to help better monitor and predict strength and intensity of storms;
- $900 million for the Land Water Conservation Fund;
- $5 billion for Wildland Fire Management;
- $2.7 billion for Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds;
- $91 million for Brownfields Cleanups;
$90 million for Diesel Emissions Reduction Grants (DERA).