Costa Secures Funding for Water Infrastructure, Crime Victims, Health, and Transportation

Jul 31, 2020
Press Release

(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 7617, a bill to fund programs within Defense, Commerce, Justice, Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General GovernmentLabor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Transportation and Housing and Urban Development: 


This bill is an important step to improving the quality of life for Americans,” said Costa. “Through critical investments in our aging water infrastructure, funding modernization and safety enhancements in our transportation systems, and improving access to healthcare, this bill will have positive, long-term impacts for the San Joaquin Valley." 


Congressman Costa secured funding for the following: 

  • For crime victims and survivors 

  • An amendment introduced by Congressman Costa to provide an additional $2 million for Child Advocacy Centers like the Family Healing Center in Fresno, raising the total to $30.5 million for Victims of Child Abuse Act programs  

  • $2.6 billion for Victims of Crime Act programs like the Crime Victims fund 

  • $40 million for implementation and expansion of Sexual Assault Special Victims’ Counsel Program to ensure the safety and well-being of our military service members  


  • For Valley water users, investments in aging water infrastructure anprograms to improve water access for the San Joaquin Valley:  

  • $108.8 million for WIIN Act storage projects, including:  

  • $71 million for Friant-Kern Canal pre-construction and construction.  

  • $7.845 million for the Los Vaqueros Reservoir Phase 2 Expansion Project  

  • $3 million for the Delta Mendota Canal Subsidence Correction Project  

  • $4 million for the Sites Reservoir Project  

  • $1.5 million for the Del Puerto Water District reservoir project  

  • $1.7 million for the San Luis Low Point Improvement Project  

  • $25 million for Reclamation canals where operational conveyance capacity has been seriously impaired by factors such as age or land subsidence. 

  • $200 million for a 50% cost share on canals where operational conveyance has been impaired by subsidence. This includes both the Delta-Mendota and Friant-Kern Canals. 

  • $300 million for WaterSMART Grants 

  • $10.5 million for the Water Operations Technical Supports (WOTS) program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 

  • $2 million towards studying atmospheric rivers and extreme weather events to help predict flood and drought conditions  


  • For our community infrastructure, plans to improve air quality and enhance transportation safety:  

  • $62.9 billion for the Federal Highway Administration to fund Highway Trust Fund programs and Highway Infrastructure Programs 

  • $3 billion for the Federal Railroad Administration, including $2 billion for Amtrak 

  • $1 billion for National Infrastructure Investments to fund programs like the TIGER and BUILD Grants 

  • $18.1 billion for the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure aviation safety and fund Airport Improvement Grants 

  • $18.9 billion for the Federal Transit Administration to improve our public transit systems. 

  •  $2.85 billion for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs 


  • For our health, investments to bolster our pandemic response:  

  • $7.2 billion for the Health Resources and Services Administration, including $1.65 billion for Community Health Centers 

  • $9 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations for the Center for Disease Control to improve the nation’s preparedness for public health emergencies, including:  

  • $2 billion for state and local public health departments over the next five years 

  • $1 billion for state and local public health laboratories 

  • $4 billion to prepare for a COVID-19 vaccination campaign, as well as enhanced seasonal influenza vaccination campaigns in the fall. 


  • For our national defense 

  • $6.8 billion for the Air National Guard 

  • $33.3 billion for Defense Health Programs 

  • $512 million for cancer research programs, including breast, prostate, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers  

  • Authorizes purchase of 12 F-15EX aircraft that may benefit the 144th Fighter Wing in Fresno.