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March 6th, 2024
Rep. Grijalva Lauds Passage of Government Funding Package, Includes Over $14 Million in Community Funding for Southern Arizona

WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass six fiscal year (FY) 2024 appropriations bills as a government funding package. The package includes 13 community funding projects championed by Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07) totaling $14,208,389.  

Democrats rejected extreme Republican cuts and policies. This government package invests in America’s future and delivers for the American people by:

  • Helping with the cost of living, creating and sustaining tens of thousands of good paying jobs, fighting inflation, and providing full funding for key lifelines such as food assistance and more affordable housing and homeownership.
  • Protecting women’s rights by blocking attempts to limit women’s access to reproductive health care, including abortion, and by increasing funding for gender-based violence prevention and prosecution programs.
  • Confronting the climate crisis and fighting climate change by deploying clean energy technologies across the country, and supporting Tribal communities by investing in a strong and resilient Indian Country, including through education and health care programs.
  • Honoring our commitments to our veterans by ensuring they receive the care and benefits that they have earned and investing in veterans’ health care, including targeted investments that advance women’s health, mental health, and homelessness assistance.
  • Funds community projects: Responds directly to pressing needs in Southern Arizona and districts like mine by supporting underserved areas and fostering the economic development that makes communities healthier, safer, and stronger through community projects .

This package includes the following funding bills: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies; Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies; and Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies.

A detailed summary of the legislation is available here.

The remaining six appropriations bills for fiscal year 2024 are expected to be released in the coming days and be voted on ahead of their expiration on March 22.

Rep. Grijalva released the following statement:

“This funding package is a testament to what can be accomplished when extremism is put aside and we focus on serving the people we represent. These federal investments will aid in the development and improvement of critical infrastructure and services across southern Arizona. I’m proud to have secured this federal funding and will continue to fight for resources for our communities to grow and thrive.”

The 13 projects included in the government funding package, include:

  • $102,358 for Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc. Pediatric Center of Excellence

“This is great news for the community of Douglas. These funds will invest not only in the continued health care of children in Douglas, but will also fortify a beautiful historic structure that dates back to the town’s founding.  It’s a win-win!  We are grateful for Representative Grijalva’s advocacy and leadership in helping Chiricahua secure these funds.” – Dr. Jonathan Melk, CEO of Chiricahua Community Health Centers.

  • $455,000 for City of Douglas Police Department Headquarters

“We are profoundly thankful to Congressman Raul Grijalva for securing funding to preserve the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad Passenger Depot, a cornerstone of Douglas’ heritage, now serving as our Police Department Headquarters. This restoration not only honors our past but ensures our Police Department has a solid foundation for the future. It’s a commitment to our history and the enduring legacy of our community.” – Mayor Donald Huish, City of Douglas.

  • $959,752 for City of Tolleson for Water Storage Tank Project

“As the mayor of Tolleson, I commend the House and Senate Appropriations Committees for their dedication to infrastructure investment. The $959,752 allocated for our Water Storage Tank Project signifies a crucial step towards securing our community’s water supply and ensuring a sustainable future for all residents. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Congressman Raul Grijalva and his team for their unwavering support and tireless efforts in advocating for our city’s needs.” – Mayor Juan F. Rodriguez, City of Tolleson.

  • $2,900,000 for Douglas Downtown Revitalization

“We are deeply grateful to Congressman Grijalva for his unwavering support in securing the funding for the Douglas Downtown Revitalization Streetscape Project. Congressman Grijalva’s commitment to economic development through historic preservation aligns perfectly with our efforts to not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of Douglas but also to honor and integrate our rich history as we upgrade our downtown core. This project is a critical step towards revitalizing our downtown, making it safer and more accessible for everyone, while preserving the unique historical character that defines our community. Through this initiative, we are not only investing in the infrastructure of our city but also in the well-being and future of our community. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Congressman Grijalva for believing in the potential of Douglas and helping us turn this vision into reality.” – Mayor Donald Huish, City of Douglas.

  • $850,000 for Early Childhood Learning Center, Pascua Yaqui Tribe

“We would like to express our gratitude to Congressman Grijalva for his support of our Itom Ili Tosapo Am Remtituane (Our Little Nest of Knowledge) Early Childhood Learning Center. Our Center will provide a nurturing environment for young Yaqui intellectuals to honor, impart, and preserve our language, culture, and history. Our children will be empowered to become creators of knowledge and producers of culture unique to our community’s experiences. These intellectuals will use their assets confidently to engage and transform the world around them and the worlds they will encounter.” – Augustine F. Romero, Ph. D., Curriculum & Instruction Coordinator for the Early Childhood Learning Center.

  • $500,000 for El Pueblo Multi-Generational Outdoor Activity Complex

“Thank you to Congressman Raúl Grijalva for securing an additional $500,000 to invest in the future of the El Pueblo Center. El Pueblo Center is a community asset with deep roots in our southside community. The multi-generational programs housed there are creating educational opportunities, serving seniors and children, and increasing healthcare access. The outdoor recreation improvements at the site will transform the underutilized open space. El Pueblo is an important part of my vision to create more resilient and thriving neighborhoods in Tucson’s southside.” – said Mayor Regina Romero, City of Tucson.

  • $975,000 for Habitat for Humanity Tucson Housing Pre-Development

“This funding couldn’t have arrived at a better time to initiate this exciting project, as housing insecurity continues to rise across our community and Habitat digs deep to respond to growing needs by building more homes. We are incredibly grateful for Congressman Grijalva’s sponsorship and defense of this funding, and his commitment to foster a strong community and ensure that more families have the critical foundation of a home to build a better life for themselves and their children -it will transform lives and build dreams here in Southern Arizona.” – Charlie Buchanan, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Tucson.

  • $500,000 for Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter

“We are grateful for Congressman Grijalva’s leadership in helping us to secure $500,000 for the County’s Animal Shelter improvements.  This critical funding will allow our No Kill Shelter to better serve our community and find homes for our increasing animal population.” – Chair Manny Ruiz, Santa Cruz County Board

  • $1,000,000 for Somerton Main Street Redevelopment

“The beautification and redevelopment of Somerton’s downtown area will not only improve the aesthetic appeal of our city but also contribute to its economic vitality, making it an even more attractive destination for families, businesses, and events. We are confident that this investment will have a lasting and positive impact on the future of Somerton, solidifying its reputation as the Best Little City for all who call it home.” – Mayor Gerardo “Jerry” Anaya, City of Somerton.

  • $850,000 for South 10th Avenue Affordable Housing Pre-Development

“Thank you Congressman Raúl Grijalva for helping the City of Tucson create accessible housing options for Tucsonans, especially seniors and our working families. The South 10th Avenue project is a perfect example of how the City of Tucson is working to create housing options where they are needed while investing in a historic neighborhood,” said Mayor Regina Romero, City of Tucson.

  • $1,616,279 for Southeastern Arizona: Bisbee Science Exploration and Ecotourism Project

“I am thrilled to share our vision for transforming eight unmaintained acres at a decommissioned middle school into a Regenerative Learning Ecosystem. Fondly known as the Backyard Project, our work is committed to addressing critical challenges in education, community engagement, and environmental stewardship. This represents more than a physical transformation; it represents a collaborative endeavor that leverages the unique strengths of our many partners and community. With funding support, we aim to propel this initiative forward, fostering a resilient and adaptive community through innovative STEAM education and community-driven science initiatives. This project is a testament to the power of collaboration, and we are excited about the positive impact it can have on our rural, borderlands community and beyond.” – Thea Van Gorp, COO & Project Director, Bisbee Science Exploration & Research Center.

  • $3,000,000 for Baffert Mountain Point Development Senior Living

Congressman Raúl Grijalva’s unwavering support has unlocked a new chapter of hope for seniors of Nogales, Arizona. With profound gratitude, we extend our deepest thanks for working with Chicanos Por La Causa to procure $3,000,000 towards addressing the housing shortage that many of our senior citizens are facing. This visionary initiative offers sanctuary for our cherished seniors. ¡Mil gracias, Congressman Grijalva, for championing this cause and empowering generations to thrive!” – Jose Martinez, Chicanos Por La Causa

  • $500,000 for Agua Fria Trail Phase 2 Pedestrian Bridge

Project descriptions can be found here.

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