Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42)
December 21, 2020
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) announced the bipartisan, bicameral agreement on Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations includes a number of the priorities important to Riverside County, California and the rest of the nation. Rep. Calvert serves as the Ranking Republican on the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.
“The final funding agreement delivers important resources that will positively impact Riverside County and our entire state,” said Rep. Calvert. “The bill contains funding and provisions I requested for important flood control projects, including for the Prado Dam safety study and the Murrieta Creek flood control project. I am also happy to share the bill includes significant resources I advocated for on behalf of our essential clean air programs and additional investment in the earthquake early warning system.”
“In my role as the Ranking Republican on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee I have fought to prioritize and fund programs essential to our continued military dominance. I believe this bill achieves that goal by funding key programs consistent with the National Defense Strategy and its focus on great power competition with China and Russia. I’m also pleased to see our bill continues to prioritize the health and welfare of our men and women in uniform, including a doubling from $20 million to $40 million in ALS research.”
Rep. Calvert Priorities Included in the Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations Bill
Water, Flood Control, Air Quality and Earthquakes:
- $2.4 million for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dam Safety Modification Study for Prado Dam.
- Murrieta Creek flood control project provisions to allow Riverside County to advance future phases of the project in a timelier and cost-effective manner.
- $134 million for Bureau of Reclamation WIIN Act water storage projects
- $63.62 million for Bureau of Reclamation Title XVI water recycling and reuse program.
- The bill contains appropriations language sought by Rep. Calvert that prioritizes EPA funding to repair failing septic systems, like those in Quail Valley, California.
- Historically high levels of funding were included for the EPA clean air programs Rep. Calvert has long championed. Specifically, $59 million for the Targeted Airshed Grant program and $90 million for the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grant program.
- $25.7 million for the continued development and roll out of ShakeAlert, the West Coast earthquake early warning system.
- The bill prioritizes national security by continuing to rebuild our military by investing in readiness and training, as well as modernizing our nuclear stockpile.
- Funds the continued construction of the border wall and protects the president’s authority to transfer additional funds to this important project, as well as dedicate resources to respond to immigration detention capacity needs.
- Provides a three percent pay raise for all military personnel, effective January 1, 2021, and addresses childcare and other quality of life issues critical to supporting our brave war-fighting men and women and their families.
- Fully funds the U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding by providing $500 million for Israeli Cooperative programs, including the Iron Dome.
Health and Education:
- $40 million provided for peer-reviewed ALS research through the Department of Defense health research program. Rep. Calvert is Co-Chair of the House ALS Caucus.
- COVID-specific resources were included in the COVID relief portion of the bill.
- $440 million for the Charter Schools program in the Department of Education.
- $244 million for the Department of Justice State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, which provides federal payments to states and localities that incurred correctional officer salary costs for incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens with at least one felony or two misdemeanor convictions for violations of state or local law
- $40 million for the Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force program.
- $237 million for the Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring program.
- $1 billion is included for the INFRA grant program, which funds major highway transportation projects.
- $69.5 million is provided for citrus greening / Huanglongbing activities, including $61 million for the Citrus Health Response Program.