Representative Mike Levin Statement on Local Wins in Bipartisan Appropriations Package

December 17, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) issued the following statement after voting in support of the bipartisan Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations package, which contains major wins for the 49th District, including $146 million for projects at Camp Pendleton, $2.65 million for Oceanside Harbor dredging, funding to support research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and more.

“I fought for local priorities throughout the appropriations process, and I’m pleased that many of those priorities are included in the final bipartisan agreement that we passed today. We have secured millions for Camp Pendleton, local desalination projects, Oceanside Harbor dredging, Scripps, and more. We are also funding federal research into the epidemic of gun violence for the first time in decades, strengthening election security, and investing in research at the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation.

“While there is a long list of wins for our region, I am disappointed that the agreement does not include funding for consolidated interim storage of spent nuclear fuel, tax incentives for clean energy development, or stronger protections to ensure that migrant families are treated humanely. It is also deeply troubling that the President could continue to divert military construction funds for his ineffective and wasteful border wall. I will continue to fight to address those priorities in the new year. Overall, this bipartisan agreement makes critical progress for North County San Diego and South Orange County, and I was glad to help pass it in the House.”

The bipartisan FY2020 appropriations package includes many priorities for the 49th District, including:

  • $425 million for election security
  • $25 million for federal research at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) into our nation’s gun violence epidemic
  • $222 million for veterans suicide prevention
  • $146 million in funding for Camp Pendleton, including $71.7 million for a new mess hall and warehouse, $17.7 million for an ambulatory care center and dental clinic replacement, and $38.87 million for a I Marine Expeditionary Force consolidated information center
  • $41.7 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • $8.28 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • $2.65 million for Oceanside Harbor dredging
  • $495 million for the Land and Water Conservation Fund
  • $8.3 million for the Doheny Ocean Desalination Project and $2.6 million for the Mission Basin Groundwater Purification Facility Well Expansion and Brine Minimization
  • $57 million to support research programs to better inform management of water in California, including research programs at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography