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Surprise! CA comes out big winner in $1.2 trillion government funding bill

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Commuters board a Caltrain train at the Caltrain and Bay Area Rapid Transit station in Millbrae, Calif. Jeff Chiu/AP

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.

Guest: 

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 @evanhalper

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