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Napolitano Secures $27 Million for 32nd District Projects, Over $2 Billion for Whittier Narrows Dam, Water Recycling and Mental Health Services in Minibus Appropriations Package

July 29, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) voted for H.R. 4502, the FY2022 Labor-HHS-Education; Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA; Energy and Water Development; Financial Services and General Government; Interior-Environment; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Transportation-HUD “Minibus” appropriations package, securing $27.073 million for ten of the Community Project Funding requests she submitted on behalf of her district.

"The projects funded with this money will create good-paying local jobs to boost our recovery and improve the everyday lives of San Gabriel Valley residents," Napolitano said. "From vital groundwater cleanup and development of parks as well as other recreational facilities, to public safety enhancements and increased job training and life-saving mental health services, we are investing in our future while addressing many of the urgent needs of our communities. I thank my constituents, cities, and local stakeholders who submitted requests, and I will continue fighting throughout the appropriations process to deliver these funds to my district."

Projects championed by Napolitano include:

Project Name: San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority - San Gabriel Basin Restoration Fund
Project Location: West Covina
Amount Awarded: $10,000,000

Project Name: Monrovia Public Safety Critical Communications Replacement Project
Project Location: Monrovia
Amount Awarded: $843,000

Project Name: Azusa Teen and Family Center
Project Location: Azusa
Amount Awarded: $560,000

Project Name: City of Hope Duarte Medical Center - Expansion of Blood Stem Cell Transplantation Availability to Diverse and Older Patients with Post-Cyclophosphamide Dose Optimization for GVHD Prophylaxis Project
Location: Duarte
Amount Awarded: $450,000

Project Name: Final Phase of the La Puente Park Master Plan
Project Location: La Puente
Amount Awarded: $3,000,000

Project Name: County of Los Angeles Parks Department - San Gabriel Valley Aquatic Center Project
Location: La Puente
Amount Awarded: $1,500,000

Project Name: MacLaren Community Park Project
Project Location: El Monte
Amount Awarded: $1,500,000

Project Name: Covina Recreation Village
Project Location: Covina
Amount Awarded: $3,000,000

Project Name: Gold Line Pedestrian Bridge
Project Location: La Verne
Amount Awarded: $4,000,000

Project Name: Roadside Park Project
Project Location: Baldwin Park
Amount Awarded: $2,220,000

H.R. 4502 passed by a vote of 219 to 208 and will now go to the Senate for consideration. It also included over $2 billion for the following priorities Napolitano requested for her district and the Southern California region:

  • Whittier Narrows Dam Safety Project - $219,591,000
  • Water Recycling and WaterSmart - $255,000,000
  • Community Mental Health Services Block Grant - $1,600,000,000

"I am very pleased our bill provides for the expansion of mental health services and water recycling programs, meeting two critical needs that have for too long been overlooked and underfunded," Napolitano said. "I am also proud it funds the Whittier Narrows Dam Safety project to completion, federal money I have worked to garner with Congresswomen Linda Sánchez and Judy Chu. I thank Chairs Rosa DeLauro, Marcy Kaptur, and all of the other appropriators for working with me and recognizing the Importance of funding these programs."