Congressman John Garamendi Hails Passage of Two Bills with Significant Local Flood Control and Infrastructure Benefits
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, applauded the passage of legislation that funds both the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and water infrastructure and flood protection projects in the Sacramento Valley and throughout the country. These bills have already been passed by the Senate and now await President Trump’s signature.
One bill provides $86.5 billion for the VA, a $5 billion increase over the previous fiscal year, and funds vital programs such as an electronic health records system to make the VA more efficient, initiatives to expand access to care for veterans in rural areas, $8.6 billion for mental health programs, and nearly $400 million for opioid addiction treatment and prevention.
The bill also funds water infrastructure projects throughout the nation. Locally, the bill allocates $42 million in funding for the American River Common Features-Natomas Basin Project to protect south Sutter County, and $35 million for the Marysville Ring Levee—which, when combined with the roughly $1.5 billion Garamendi helped secure earlier this year, will complete these two projects. The bill also includes $6 million to advance the Hamilton City Project.
The House also passed S. 3092, the Water Resources Development Act of 2018. This bill, a Senate modification of a bill originally passed by the House, contains the same local wins as legislation passed by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in May, including:
- Language to expedite completion of the Lower Cache Creek Feasibility Study, which will provide greater flood protection for the City of Woodland;
- Language to allow the Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority to construct three miles of levee on the Yuba River;
- Reauthorization of the National Levee Safety Initiative, which provides funding to map non-federal levees across the nation;
- Language that makes it easier for the Army Corps to construct more environmentally friendly setback levees.
“I have been working hand-in-hand with state and local officials to stress the importance of spending on infrastructure and flood protection, and I am very pleased that these efforts are bearing fruit,” said Garamendi. “The projects funded by these two bills are crucial for the long-term safety of the Sacramento Valley, and will provide Marysville, Woodland, Sutter County, Hamilton City, and the communities of the Natomas Basin with the 200-year level of flood protection that they deserve.”
“I’m also pleased that this bill contains robust support for our veterans,” Garamendi continued. “It not only increases overall funding for the Department, but delivers support to the areas that are needed most: increasing efficiency, delivering support for rural communities, promoting mental health, and confronting the scourge of opioid addiction. Taking care of our veterans is one of our highest moral obligations, and this bill will help address the shortfalls that have plagued the VA in recent years.”