Here’s a sampling of local projects funded by the $1.1 trillion spending bill


A wildfire burns in the hills just north of the San Gabriel Valley community of Glendora, Calif., on Thursday. California will get $3.9 billion to fight wildfires and cut back on hazardous fuels. (Nick Ut/AP)

Lawmakers wasted little time touting the local projects, facilities and grants they were able to secure in the $1.1 trillion spending bill on its way to becoming law.

The bill funds federal agencies through the rest of the fiscal year and removes the short-term threat of further government shutdowns. Much of the money will filter to local projects through federal agencies and funds, so a full accounting is hard to compile. But here’s a sampling of local projects in four states that will benefit from a combined $20 billion investment.

(Note: The list is culled from statements from Senate offices and is almost certainly far from comprehensive.)

Alaska (at least $10.7 billion)

  • The state’s native and rural communities will get $10.02 billion with almost all of that — $10 billion to go to grants to offset high-energy costs.
  • The military will get $265 million for base improvements, improved missile defense and air force training.
  • About $81 million will go to fisheries projects, most of it covering recently declared fisheries disasters.
  • The Coast Guard will receive $328 million to buy upgraded patrol boats, improve housing for Coast Guard families and increase operating funds.

California (at least $5.4 billion)

In a statement, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) praised the fact that the bill “invests in key projects across the country.” She then outlined some of the projects that received funding in her home state:

  • California gets $3.9 billion to fight wildfires and “reduce hazardous fuels.”
  • The navy will use $579 million for a

    “Mobile Landing Platform-Forward Afloat Staging Base”—a ship that will house 3,000 shipbuilders in San Diego.

  • Some $306 million will go to a land and water conservation fund.
  • The nation’s busiest border crossing, the San Ysidro port of entry near San Diego, gets $226 million for construction and expansion. That includes a new pedestrian bridge and expanded vehicle inspection to “alleviate long wait times.”
  • The San Francisco subway gets $150 million for an extension project.
  • A Bay Area regional train project gets $150 million.
  • The bill provides $65 million to fund the first phase of the Los Angeles subway system’s Purple Line extension.
  • An additional $65 million goes to a regional subway project in downtown L.A.
  • There’s $3 million for light rail in South Sacramento.

Washington (at least $4.2 billion)

(Note: This list, in particular, is far from comprehensive. Democratic Sen. Patty Murray’s statement includes Washington-specific and national projects; here only explicitly in-state projects are counted. Even some of those may be missing.)

  • Washington receives at least $2.2 billion in environmental funds, nearly all of it for nuclear waste cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Site in the state’s southeast.
  • At least $1.8 billion will go toward defense-related facility improvements in Washington and tankers built entirely in the Puget Sound region.
  • The state will receive at minimum $232 million in transportation funding, with most of that amount going to transit funding.

West Virginia ($142 million)

  • Nearly $61 million will go to a scholarship program for college graduates with math, engineering and science degrees who teach elementary or secondary courses in science or math for several years.
  • The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Systems Division in Clarksburg will get $60 million to hire 300 new employees and expand the national background-check system.
  • Some $11 million will go to fund the Chemical Safety Board and its investigation into the recent Freedom Industries spill, which tainted drinking water for 300,000 residents.
  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology will get $5 million to improve forensic science.
  • An additional $5 million will go toward improving pipeline safety in the state.

 

Niraj Chokshi reports for GovBeat, The Post's state and local policy blog.
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