On February 14th, both chambers in Congress approved a spending bill which allocates funding benefitting San Diego from transportation projects to reducing border wait times and addressing the Tijuana River Valley transboundary pollution issue. We applaud our Congressional delegation and representatives from government agencies who led the effort to ensure San Diego’s priorities were voiced in D.C.
Below are some highlights from the spending bill approved and signed by the President:
- $191 million to renovate and expand the Calexico West Port of Entry, including a new pedestrian processing facility and additional north and southbound inspection lanes.
- $15 million for EPA’s Border Water Infrastructure Grant Program to prevent sewage from flowing across the U.S.-Mexico border into the United States.
- Funding for 600 additional customs officers to help expedite the movement of people and goods.
- $570 million for non-intrusive inspection equipment across the border.
- $100 million for the Mid-Coast Corridor in San Diego.
- $3.3 billion for Community Development Block Grants to provide critical funding to state and local governments for infrastructure investments and to combat homelessness.
- An additional $80 million for grants to address youth homelessness.