ICYMI: Padilla Secures Over $250 Million for 134 Projects Across California in FY 2022 Appropriations Package

Funding will support water and transportation infrastructure, emergency preparedness, health care services, and public safety

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) secured over $250 million in federal funding for 134 projects across California. These projects were included in the bipartisan FY 2022 appropriations package that passed the Senate and House of Representatives and President Biden signed into law last week.

“I am proud to have secured funding for projects across California to improve our water quality and reliability, upgrade transportation infrastructure, support health care services, and make our communities safer,” Senator Padilla said. “This funding will go to local governments and community organizations that are directly serving our neighborhoods. The bipartisan appropriations bill also boosts programs that provide student aid, nutrition assistance, and housing assistance. This bill includes a long-overdue reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, and increased resources to help victims of domestic violence. Amidst Russia’s unprovoked attack, I am grateful that we also came together to pass $13.6 billion in aid for Ukraine and our NATO allies to improve regional defenses.”

Regional highlights of project funding:

  • Los Angeles had 33 projects funded for $60.9 million. Additional details here.
  • The Bay Area had 29 projects funded for $63.9 million. Additional details here.
  • The Inland Empire had 17 projects funded for $21.3 million. Additional details here.
  • The Sacramento region had 12 projects funded for $20.5 million. Additional details here.
  • The Central Coast had 11 projects funded for $20.1 million. Additional details here.
  • The Central Valley had funded 10 projects for $12.6 million. Additional details here.
  • The San Diego region had five projects funded for $18.6 million. Additional details here.
  • Wine Country had four projects funded for $5.4 million. Additional details here.

Additional highlights of the FY 22 appropriations package:

  • Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, and the highest ever funding level for grants that support programs for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  • $13.6 billion in aid to Ukraine and NATO allies in Europe to improve regional defenses amidst Russia’s unprovoked attack.
  • $6 billion for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which helps prevent hunger for 6.2 million low-income women, infants and children younger than five years old in America. 
  • $140 billion for the national Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP), which is a 23 percent increase. 
  • $4.5 million to support research on the impact of wildfire smoke taint on winegrapes and develop mitigation methods, an increase of $1 million from the previous fiscal year.
  • $400 increase to the maximum Pell Grant award, which is the largest increase in more than a decade.
  • $11 billion for national Head Start programs to help prepare young children before they reach kindergarten age.
  • An additional $2 million for the tribal resilience program, which helps tribes purchase emergency preparedness equipment such as generators for tribal health clinics.
  • $97.5 billion, an 8.7 percent increase, for VA Medical Care to better serve our nation’s veterans.

A full summary of the FY 2022 Appropriations Omnibus package is available here.

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