Today, a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives approved the Fiscal Year 2010 Commerce, Justice, Science & Related Agencies appropriations bill, legislation that includes $1.85 million for the Inland area in projects secured by Congressman Joe Baca. The bill includes funding secured by Rep. Baca for critical law enforcement and violence prevention programs, and passed the House with a 259 - 157 vote.
"The funding requests included in today's legislation will benefit law enforcement and promote safety throughout our Inland communities," said Rep. Baca. "I am glad the Appropriations Committee included my project requests in this bill language and am hopeful the Senate will act quickly to pass its appropriations legislation so the President can sign this vital funding into law."
The funding project requests made by Rep. Baca and secured in the FY 2010 Commerce, Justice, Science & Related Agencies appropriations bill include:
$300,000 to the City of Rialto for law enforcement surveillance cameras;
$500,000 to San Bernardino County to help fund their Scientific Investigations Division [requested in conjunction with Rep. Jerry Lewis];
$200,000 to the City of Colton for Police Department back-up generators; and
$850,000 to the Hope Through Housing Foundation, to fund after school violence prevention programs [requested in conjunction with Reps. Gary Miller and Ellen Tauscher].
"This additional federal attention will assist our local efforts to ensure the Inland Empire is a safe place for families to raise children and put down roots," concluded Rep. Baca. "I applaud the House of Representatives for their action on this legislation, and will continue to work to improve public safety and quality of life for all Inland residents."