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




Commuters board a Caltrain train at the Caltrain and Bay Area Rapid Transit station in Millbrae, Calif.
Commuters board a Caltrain train at the Caltrain and Bay Area Rapid Transit station in Millbrae, Calif.
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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:

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