Garcia Gets Billions in Economic Impact for California’s 25th District
Congressman Mike Garcia, R-Santa Clarita, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after securing billions in economic impact for California’s 25th District, including $9.98 million in project funding funds for local priorities under the FY2022 credit package.
The funding is intended to help prevent wildfires, support law enforcement, fund the defense sector, strengthen school safety, improve local education, advance health care technologies health care facilities, improve access to local health care facilities, provide technological advancements in space exploration, increase safety, reduce traffic and more in California’s 25th District, officials from the Garcia’s office.
The funding is included in the FY2022 appropriations package that Garcia voted for and passed by the House.
“I am thrilled to have secured funding for these crucial innovative advancements that our community needs. This funding will help provide the resources our local law enforcement agencies need, improve access to health care, improve local education, support our military and defense sector, increase security, reduce traffic and so much more in our district,” Garcia said. “After serving on the House Appropriations Committee for a year, I am pleased to have been able to make critical progress on behalf of our community. I look forward to continuing to advocate for the safety and success of our district and to continuing to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent appropriately.
Garcia secured community project funding for the following local priorities:
$3,000,000 for Metrolink Antelope Valley Line track rehabilitation
The funding would improve safety and operations along the Antelope Valley Line by replacing rail, replacing existing wooden sleepers with concrete sleepers, surfacing and relieving track between Acton Station and Via Princessa Station. .
$1,500,000 for Traffic and Safety Improvements in Santa Clarita
The funding is intended to add capacity to the city’s road network where known bottlenecks exist that create significant traffic congestion, improve bus frequency and accessibility, and enhance economic development.
$1,200,000 for the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
The funding is intended to be used to purchase a state-of-the-art Mobile Cancer Screening Unit to provide cancer screening services in Antelope Valley
$1,120,000 for improved entry and exit access to Henry Mayo Hospital
The funding is intended to address heavy traffic congestion on McBean Parkway and is expected to result in reduced emergency response time as emergency personnel will have additional lanes and improvements to road operations when entering and leaving the facility grounds.
$1,000,000 for College of the Canyons Advanced Technology Center Equipment
The funding is expected to be used to purchase equipment for a one-of-a-kind CNC production lab that includes both simulation machining centers and full production type machining centers to prepare students for degrees. industry-recognized stackers to demonstrate the skills needed to prepare the workforce as they work toward graduation
$1,000,000 for Simi Valley Police Department Radio Replacement
$550,000 for transplant and cell therapy lab equipment at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
The funding is expected to allow the hospital to expand the capacity of the ACCH lab — the improved lab efficiency will allow patients with childhood cancers and more fragile blood diseases to be treated more quickly and efficiently
$610,000 for Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Center Breast Health Equipment Initiative
Funding should be used to purchase a state-of-the-art mammography machine
Garcia has secured funding for the following programs impacting CA-25:
- $126,800,000 to support U-2 Dragon research and development and airborne reconnaissance systems
- $483,151,000 for two additional MQ-4 Triton aircraft
- $108,027,000 to fully fund the B-21 Raider
- $29,944,000 to fully fund the B-2 bomber
- $977,161,000 to finance the purchase of 12 additional Super Hornets
- $286,118,000 to finance the purchase of additional CH-47F Block II helicopters
- $469,136,000 to finance the purchase of 28 Apache helicopters
- Funding for the acquisition of 85 F-35s
- $135,000,000 for the STOP School Violence Act Grant Program
- The funding aims to improve school safety by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to and help prevent acts of violence.
- $95,000,000 for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)
- $85,200,000 to fund the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)
- Reauthorizes the law on violence against women
Garcia has secured language to support the following initiatives impacting the CA-25:
- Language to encourage the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service to use active forest management and prescribed burns, and requires a report on impediments to prescribed burns and fire damage that could have been avoided if the agencies had implemented a more robust prescribed burning regime.
- Wording to encourage FEMA to reimburse the cost of a generator for those affected by PSPS events.
- Language to direct APHIS to work with federal, state, and local water managers in areas infested with the invasive species Arundo to establish a management and control regime to prevent further water shortages in drought-stricken areas.
- Language to encourage NOAA to use funding to produce, as quickly as possible, useful fire protection products to protect life and property.
- The fiscal 2022 appropriations package has passed the House and is now heading to the Senate.
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