Levin Amendments Included in House-Passed Appropriations Bill Deliver on Priorities for 49th District

June 26, 2019
Press Release
Amendments Led by Levin and His Colleagues Address Affordable Housing Shortage, Bolster Veterans’ Housing Program, Reduce U.S-Mexico Pollution Flow, Support Veterans’ Treatment Courts, and Block Funding for Offshore Drilling

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed appropriations legislation that includes amendments led by Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) and his colleagues to deliver federal resources for key priorities for the 49th District.

“One of my most important responsibilities is ensuring that the communities I represent receive the federal resources they need to grow and thrive, and I am encouraged to see that appropriations legislation passed by the House includes key funding priorities for the 49th District,” said Representative Levin. “From the affordable housing crisis and veteran homelessness, to pollution in the Tijuana River Valley, communities in Southern California would receive much-needed federal funding under this legislation, and I will continue to fight for that funding throughout the appropriations process.”

The House-passed appropriations legislation led by Levin and his colleagues includes:

  • An amendment introduced by Rep. Levin to help ensure that low-income households in San Diego and other cities in the region with rapidly rising rents receive adequate monthly federal rental assistance.
  • An amendment with Rep. Annie Kuster (D-NH) that would increase funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program by $2 million. The funding increase is much-needed to help reduce homelessness among veterans and their families.
  • An amendment with Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA) that would support the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program (BWIP). Specifically, the amendment directs the EPA to prioritize projects that will drastically reduce pollution flowing across the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • An amendment with Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC) that would increase funding for Veterans Treatment Courts (VTC) by $3 million. Treatment courts play a critical role in providing veterans who experience mental health symptoms or substance abuse as a result of their military service with tailored treatment and support.
  • An amendment with Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA) that would block funding in Fiscal Year 2020 from being used on offshore oil and gas leasing in the Washington/Oregon, Northern California, Central California, and Southern California Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Planning Areas.


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