According to the SB Sun, California would
get $30m for a controversial fence along the Mexican border under a Senate plan
that allocates $288m for nationwide construction on the border.
The measure, which also sets aside $65m for border security - including 1,000 new Border Patrol agents - is one of several spending bills the Senate is expected to consider this week that would provide billions of dollars to California for such projects as food stamps
, wildfire protection and Inland Empire perchlorate treatment.
But the $31.7b Department of Homeland Security bill
is by far the largest and would provide some of the most direct funding for California's anti-terrorism efforts and its attempts to block illegal immigration.
The measure includes $139m to safeguard containers coming into ports and $210m for other port-security initiatives.
It also carves out more than $3b for a range of state and local terrorism-prevention grants. It remains unclear how much Los Angeles or the rest of California would get from that pot.
In a separate spending bill for nationwide energy
and water projects, Sen. Dianne Feinstein secured
$75.5 million for levee restoration.
Noting that a collapse of the San Joaquin Delta levees could threaten two-thirds of the state's drinking water, Feinstein said federal protection is long overdue.
The money comes on top of $30.4 million that Congress provided
for the state's levee system this year.
The water bill, which also pays for Army Corps of Engineers construction
projects, includes $4m for water recycling in the South Bay, $5.5m to help restore the Los Angeles River, $1m to deepen the Los Angeles Harbor and $5m for a deepening project around the Port of Long Beach
Source: San Bernardino Sun