Harder Announces Central Valley Funding Wins
WASHINGTON – Following the passage of the majority of fiscal year 2020 “appropriations” bills in the House of Representatives, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released a report outlining his record of success in securing funding for critical programs which support water projects, job training, and health care in the Central Valley. The administration called for massive cuts to most programs, but the House resisted those efforts and instead passed legislation with responsible levels of funding for important programs.
“The Bay Area and Los Angeles get huge investments from the federal government every year – and we’re left with peanuts – that has to change,” said Rep. Harder. “I worked to make sure the House funding bills included the resources we need in the Central Valley to grow our water supply, create jobs, and protect our health care.”
Under the funding bills, the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), which is responsible for water projects, is funded at $1.6 billion – the largest investment in a decade. Four projects included in Rep. Harder’s SAVE Water Resources Act are now slated to receive $14 million to increase water storage in the Central Valley by nearly two million acre-feet.
The Trump Administration budget called for the complete elimination of the Economic Development Administration (EDA), which is responsible for helping communities like the Central Valley grow jobs and stimulate the economy. Rep. Harder fought back and instead the agency will see an increase of $236 million from its 2019 level. Rep. Harder is now working to secure $2 million in funding through the EDA’s Adjustment Assistance program for Opportunity Stanislaus so they can expand capacity for its Building a Brighter Tomorrow (BBT) program.
Although the administration budget called for $845 billion in cuts to Medicare and $200 billion in cuts to Medicaid over the next decade, Rep. Harder supported full funding. Rep. Harder also worked to ensure the Health Workforce program, which provides loans, loan repayment, grants, and training programs to bring more doctors to communities like the Central Valley, was fully funded.
Rep. Harder released a report before the appropriations process began detailing what he hoped to secure for the Valley. The full document listing funding secured in the House package can be found here.