Rep. Calvert Statement on Funding Bill Conference Report

February 14, 2019
Press Release

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement regarding the Conference Report to provide funds for the remaining appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2019:

“The bipartisan agreement provides the down payment on border security and the need to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis.  I understand the President’s decision to use his authorities to further address the incursion along our southern border and provide the necessary resources to stop mass unchecked migration across our border.  The sovereignty of our nation depends on our ability to enforce our borders and the President must do what he thinks is necessary for the safety and security of the American people.  I would urge the President to be judicious in the scope of this declaration and keep the focus on reallocating resources to address the crisis.

“The agreement also provides funding for a number of priorities for the 42nd Congressional District and southern California. I’ve been a lead proponent for the development of the West Coast earthquake early warning system because it can save lives and protect property. I’m proud that more than $21 million was included in the bill to invest in this critical program. I also strongly supported the inclusion of valuable investments in the Diesel Emission Reductions Grants and Targeted Airshed Grants to clean the air southern California families breathe.”

Securing America and Addressing the Humanitarian Crisis at our Southern Border:

  • The bill provides nearly $50 billion for the Department of Homeland Security, which is an increase from last year’s funding level as well as more than the amount requested in the President’s budget.
  • Funding to continue the construction of the wall along our southern border. Specifically, $1.4 billion for 55 additional miles, as well as additional technology to combat human and drug trafficking.
  • Supports Immigration and Customs Enforcement priorities, including funding for detention beds at a higher level than the amount enacted last year, allowing flexibility to address surges in illegal immigration and apprehensions. The bill does NOT include limits sought by some Congressional Democrats on ICE enforcement actions that could have caused criminal aliens to be released.
  • Funds the continued growth of the E-Verify program by fully funding the President’s request of $22.8 million.
  • Increases funding for federal law enforcement to combat terrorists, espionage, drug traffickers, gangs, and violent criminals. Funding is increased for U.S. Attorneys; U.S. Marshals; Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Continues assistance to our state and local law enforcement partners by providing increased funding for the following: State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, STOP School Violence Act, Violence Against Women Act programs, Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, and Missing and Exploited Children Programs.

Other Rep. Calvert Priorities:

  • $16.1 million is provided for continued development of the West Coast earthquake early warning system and $5 million is provided for capital costs associated with the buildout of the system.
  • The bill provides $87 million for Diesel Emission Reductions Grants (DERA) grants. The bill ensures that at least 70 percent of DERA grants are awarded to improve air quality in non-attainment areas, such as southern California.
  • The bill also provides $52 million for Targeted Airshed Grants and specifies that the funds be distributed on a competitive basis to non-attainment areas that EPA determines are ranked as the top five most polluted areas.
  • To invest in critical water infrastructure, the bill provides $2.9 billion for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Funds and $68 million for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program, leveraging federal dollars to finance more than $7 billion in water infrastructure projects.