Rep. Cisneros Secures 39th District Priorities in the Energy and Water House-Passed Appropriations Package

June 20, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) announced the House passage of the Energy and Water bill in H.R. 2740, the Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Package, which secured over $5.5 billion above the President’s request for infrastructure upgrades, development of renewable energy resources, and maintenance of existing infrastructure. These additional resources were requested to ensure the Prado Dam, as well as other dams and land in Brea and Fullerton managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, are maintained in a manner that enhances quality of life in the 39th.

“My job in Congress is to ensure that the federal agencies that impact my district have the resources necessary to be good community partners,” said Rep. Cisneros. “When I met with city leaders all throughout the 39th District, it was clear that a responsive Army Corps is essential to the well-being of our cities and I went to work to secure those resources.”

In April, in his testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water during a Member day, Rep. Cisneros highlighted the importance of the Santa Ana River Basin Project and the Prado Dam. He recently toured Prado Dam to discuss the change in its flood risk level from moderate to high and requested strong funding levels for the Army Corps of Engineers to advance water infrastructure and other projects in California’s 39th Congressional District.

Rep. Cisneros is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and House Veterans Affairs Committee. He recently voted in support of H.R.9, the Climate Action Now Act, which would affirm our commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement and ensure our government takes the necessary steps to combat climate change.

Summaries of key provisions supported by Rep. Cisneros are below:

Energy and Water

  • In Rep. Cisneros’ testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water he highlighted the importance of the Santa Ana River Basin Project and the Prado Dam and requested strong funding levels for the Army Corps of Engineers to advance water infrastructure and other projects in California’s 39th Congressional District.  The bill approved in the House today provides $7.36 billion for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This includes a total of $2.34 billion for Construction activities, a total of $3.93 billion for Operation and Maintenance, and $43 million for Dam Safety and Seepage/Stability Correction Program.
  • Congressman Gil Cisneros signed a bipartisan letter led by Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Bill Foster (D-IL), Randy Weber (R-TX), and Lee Zeldin (R-NY) in support of strong and sustained funding of $6.87 billion for the Office of Science at the Department of Energy. The Office of Science funds basic science research in physics, biology, chemistry, and other science disciplines to expand scientific understanding and secure the nation’s global leadership in energy innovation.
  • Congressman Gil Cisneros signed a bipartisan letter led by Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY) and David McKinley (R-WV) in support of the Weatherization Assistance Program.  The bill provides $290 million, an increase of $36 million above the fiscal year 2019 level and $290 million above the President’s request.
  • Congressman Gil Cisneros signed a letter led by Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA) in support of funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  The bill provides $2.65 billion. This funding provides for clean, affordable, and secure energy and ensures American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy.
  • Congressman Cisneros signed a letter led by Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Adam Schiff (D-CA) in support of funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).  The bill provides $425 million and rejects the President’s budget proposal to eliminate the program. This funding supports research aimed at rapidly developing energy technologies that are capable of significantly changing the energy sector to address our critical economic, environmental, and energy security challenges.