Fact Sheet: Key Appropriations Victories for San Francisco

December 17, 2019
Press Release

All Democrats can take great pride in this strong appropriations package, which achieves critical victories for the health, financial security and well-being of the American people.  We salute Chairwoman Nita Lowey and all the appropriators for working around the clock and across the aisle to achieve an agreement that reflects our Democratic values and advances our priorities For The People.

California Democrats proudly fought for and secured key investments to create good-paying jobs, rebuild our infrastructure, promote health, combat homelessness, advance progress for our communities and protect our environment.  For San Francisco, the funding package includes tens of millions of additional dollars for the rescanning and retesting of Hunters Point, a one million dollar increase in funds appropriated to enhance the San Francisco Bay, preservation for San Francisco’s pristine drinking water, as well as bold investments in job-creating infrastructure for initiatives for the Embarcadero Seawall seismic and flood protection upgrade.

Take a look at California’s wins in the FY20 Appropriations funding bills:

Keeping Bayview-Hunters Point Community Safe with Tens of Millions of Additional Dollars for Hunters Point Cleanup:

  • $120 million increase over the President’s Budget request for cleanup of closed military installations.  $60 million is specifically set-aside for environmental remediation of former Navy bases, and the rescanning and retesting needs at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard will likely receive all of these funds.  The $60 million is on top of the $24 million in the President’s budget.
  • Including these new funds, this brings the total to $1.16 billion over the life of the project secured by Speaker Pelosi for Hunters Point cleanup.

Combating Homelessness and Supporting Affordable Housing:

  • Homeless Assistance Grants to support permanent supportive and rapid rehousing increased $141 million over last year’s levels, including $80 million for homeless youth and $50 million for survivors of domestic violence.
  • HOME program to support affordable housing and Community Development Block Grants each increased by $100 million. President Trump had proposed eliminating both programs.

Preserving San Francisco’s Pristine Drinking Water:

  • The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, located in Yosemite National Park, is the key drinking water source for 2.7 million Bay Area residents.  Since the reservoir’s creation in 1923, boating has been prohibited to prevent the introduction of contaminants, and the quality of the water from Hetch Hetchy is so pristine that it does not require filtration.  With Interior Secretary Bernhardt looking at rolling back the prohibition on boats, the bill includes language maintaining the longstanding prohibition to protect this crucial drinking water source.

Funding Critical Efforts to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic:

  • Key funding was provided for the initiative to End the Epidemic by 2030, with $140 million in new funding to the CDC, $70 million to Ryan White, and $50 million for Community Health Centers to support testing, prevention with PrEP and syringe access services, care, and treatment at the local level.
  • Highest level of funding in HOPWA’s history, an increase of $17 million over last year’s levels.  These increased funds will help protect legacy cities like San Francisco from funding cuts due to formula changes.
  • Rejected the President’s proposed largest cuts ever to global AIDS, and instead provided $1.56 billion for the Global Fund, a 15.6% increase to be sustained over the three-year replenishment cycle, and held PEPFAR steady.
  • At least a $36 million increase to NIH Centers for AIDS research and AIDS research at NIAID.
  • In July 2020, San Francisco and Oakland will host the 23rd International AIDS Conference, last hosted in the Bay Area in 1990.  $5.1 million was included for the U.S. contribution to the AIDS2020 Conference.

Saving Local Jobs By Ensuring National Park Service Office Remains in San Francisco:

  • Prevent the National Park Service from moving the Pacific West Regional Office from its current location in San Francisco. The office houses approximately 150 federal workers who oversee 60 parks in eight states and the Pacific territories.

Rebuilding Our Infrastructure and Creating Good-Paying Jobs with Robust Transit Capital Grants:

  • $1.98 billion for new transit Capital Investment grants, $472 million above the President’s budget, and includes critical language requiring the Federal Transit Administration to continue work on projects in the development pipeline, such as BART’s Transbay Corridor Core Capacity.  Prohibits a 12 % cut, more than $1 billion, to transit formula funding.

Promoting the Health of our Families with Increased Funding for Life-Saving Research:

  • $2.375 billion boost for biomedical research at the National Institutes of the Health (NIH). UC San Francisco has been the top public institution recipient of NIH funds for the last 12 years.

Protecting our Communities with Continued Funding to Embarcadero Seawall Upgrades:

  • Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects were funded $651.5 million above last year’s levels, and $2.69 billion above the President’s budget request.  $800,000 was included to continue studying significant future federal support for the Embarcadero Seawall seismic and flood protection upgrade in San Francisco.

Securing Robust Census Funding to Ensure a Fair and Accurate Count for All San Franciscans:

  • Investing $7.56 billion in the Census, an increase of $3.7 billion from the FY19 enacted level and $1.4 billion above the President’s budget request, to enable the Bureau to effectively prepare for and conduct a thorough and accurate 2020 Decennial Census.

Fully Funding Wildfire Suppression and ending the cycle of “fire borrowing:”

  • $5.553 billion for wildland fire management, $1.6 billion above the 2019 enacted level and $32 million above the President’s budget request.
  • For the first time, the “fire-fix” Congressional Democrats won in FY 18 is being used to allow a $2.25 billion budget cap adjustment for fire suppression funding, preventing the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service from having to “borrow” funds from other activities that ensure the health of our forests and watersheds, and prevent wildfires.

Providing Presidio Loan Funds:

  • $10 million in Treasury Department loans available to the Presidio Trust, which would be paid back with interest, giving the Trust the capital it needs to continue rehabilitation of all the remaining historic buildings and tackled deferred maintenance needs.  The Presidio achieved its self-sufficiency requirement in 2013, and no longer receives direct federal appropriations.

Defending Endangered Fish by blocking Shasta Dam raise:

  • The proposal to raise Shasta Dam would flood critical parts of the McCloud River, protected under the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, harm sacred tribal lands of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, and degrade the downstream Sacramento River habitat of endangered and threatened Chinook salmon.  A California court agreed with Attorney General Becerra and found raising Shasta violates state law, and as the result of a settlement with the State, there is no longer any local sponsor.  The bill rejects the request by former Westlands Water District lobbyist Interior Secretary Bernhardt, and the Bureau of Reclamation, to fund activities associated with raising Shasta.

Keeping the Promise for Mission Neighborhood Students:

  • $2 million and a two year grant extension of the successful Mission Promise Neighborhood program, a community anti-poverty education initiative in the Mission District with cradle-to-career wraparound services to strengthen families and students.  Since 2013, MPN has demonstrated results with increased kinder-ready 5-year-olds, higher testing scores of Eighth-graders at-or-above grade level for both math and English and increased high-school graduation rates.

Assisting California Families Recovering from recent disasters:

  • As part of the tax package, tax relief was included for individuals and businesses in Presidentially-declared disaster areas in 2018 and 2019, including additional Low-Income Housing Tax Credit allocations for the 2017 and 2018 California disasters.  

Enhancing the San Francisco Bay and Holding Polluters Accountable:

  • Protects our environment by including $9 billion, a $208 million increase, for the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure clean air and water and to hold polluters accountable.
  • Provides a $1 million increase in EPA funds to protect and restore the San Francisco Bay and its watersheds, for a total of $5.9 million in grants.