Rep. McNerney Secures More than $20 Million in House-Passed Spending Package
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) announced that he secured more than $20 million for 10 local projects in California’s 9th Congressional District in the seven-bill ‘minibus’ (H.R. 4502), which passed out of the House of Representatives this week.
“From improving veterans’ services and enhancing public safety to upgrading local water infrastructure and investing in expanded economic resources for resident entrepreneurs – these 10 projects will have a direct impact on the daily lives of the people of our District,” said Congressman McNerney. “They will provide new financial opportunities, modernize essential systems and structures, increase regional accessibility, and promote the welfare of our community.”
All submitted projects have undergone a strict vetting process to ensure transparency and accountability under updated procedures outlined by the Appropriations Committee. This includes prohibiting Members from having any financial interest in projects, requiring projects receiving funding to have demonstrated support from the local community, and establishing caps on both individual Member requests as well as overall funding for the projects.
The bill now moves onto the Senate for consideration, and if signed into law, would fund the following:
Contra Costa County Projects
Contra Costa County Veterans Memorial Buildings Improvements: $300,000
- The project would fund enhanced building systems and safety and reduce maintenance costs for two veterans memorial buildings that serve both veterans and the public.
- Funding would be used for capital improvements including HVAC system replacements; ADA accessibility improvements; perimeter safety measures; and other facility upgrades to ensure Veterans Service Organizations can best provide services that benefit veterans, and so the VA and the Contra Costa County Veterans Service Office can continue advocacy and treatment for veterans and their families.
East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) Brentwood Fire Station: $1,500,000
- The project would provide funding to construct a fire station in the City of Brentwood to adequately protect both residents and firefighters across its 249 square mile district. The Fire Station will allow for ECCFPD to meet its public safety obligations, reduce response times to the local community, minimize the loss of life or loss of a structure, and keep our community safe.
Ironhouse Sanitary District Oakley and Bethel Island Community Recycled Water Project: $3,000,000
- The project would fund drought resistant water sources through water reuse, leveraging the community investment in wastewater treatment and expanding its use to benefit both the existing and future community.
San Joaquin County Projects
North San Joaquin Water Conservation District South System Groundwater Recharge Project: $1,000,000
- The project would fund efforts to increase water recharge and storage capacity to enhance the area’s ability to respond to drought and provide a more resilient water supply.
Port of Stockton Dredging of the San Joaquin River: $9,675,000
- The project would fund annual maintenance dredging of the San Joaquin River, which is necessary for the safe movement of deep-draft commercial vessels calling at the Port of Stockton.
- Funds would be used to maintain the channel at its authorized depth of 35-feet and to clear obstructions.
Resurgent Stockton: Economic Development, Workforce Development and Youth Employment: $1,000,000
- The project would provide for an enhanced Entrepreneurship Center to include additional equipment and technology that would support local entrepreneurs and community members.
- The Entrepreneurship Center would work with the existing Entrepreneurship Grant program to include additional access to equipment, technology, training rooms, meeting space, and co-working office sponsorships to further the support and training to local entrepreneurs. Integrated within the Resurgent Stockton program would be a robust workforce development component for training and hands-on work experience that supports local employment by creating jobs and monetizing the economic initiatives offered at the Entrepreneurship Center.
- The funding for this project would also allow the Kitchen Incubator program to expand and purchase an adjacent building and equipment for a cold-packing, cold storage facility.
Safer Streets - Safer Communities: Group Gun Violence Reduction, Ceasefire, and Firearms Reduction Program: $ 1,000,000
- The project would fund continued efforts to reduce fatal and nonfatal injury shootings.
- Funding would also go towards ongoing efforts to strengthen the relationship between the Stockton Police Department and residents most affected by violence.
San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency Lower San Joaquin River Feasibility Study (Phase II): $200,000
- The project would fund a Feasibility Study, which is a formal three-year process to help determine if there is federal interest in investing in a flood control system.
- If a federal interest is identified, a report is delivered to Congress with a recommendation and funding request to complete the project outlined in the report to enhance flood protection in the region.
San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission ACE Locomotive Zero Emission Engine Conversion Project: $1,500,000
- The project would fund the restoration of two nonfunctional locomotives to be returned to service to increase service capacity.
- Additionally, when paired with ACE’s Tier IV Siemens Charger locomotives, the zero-emission locomotives will provide additional traction and head end power to reduce the power needed to be provided by the Chargers with a resulting decrease in emissions and fuel use.
San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission North Lathrop Multi-Modal Transfer Station: $1,500,000
- The project would fund the construction of the North Lathrop Station to facilitate the extension of the ACE service to Sacramento and Ceres/Merced.
- Funds would be used to build new station tracks, a station platform, a surface parking lot to meet the needs of riders, and a pedestrian overcrossing between the surface parking area and the station platform.
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Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.