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Rep. DeFazio Votes to Pass Vital Funding Package

Jul 29, 2021
Press Release
Legislation creates good-paying jobs, grows opportunity, and supports the vulnerable

Today, Rep. DeFazio voted to pass H.R. 4502, a package of seven funding bills which would make vital investments in Oregon’s communities. The investments in the bill would create good-paying jobs for Americans, bolster opportunities for the middle class and small businesses, and provide a lifeline for working families and those in need.

“I was proud to support this funding package, which makes historic investments that will expand access to crucial services Americans depend on, as well as create good-paying jobs,” Rep. DeFazio said. “This legislation contains a number of provisions that are of critical importance to Oregon’s Fourth Congressional District. I’m glad I was able to personally secure funding for several community projects throughout Southwest Oregon. Taken together, this legislation will reverse decades of disinvestment and help Oregonians, and the country, Build Back Better.”

 

The legislation includes Community Project Funding secured by Rep. DeFazio, including:

 

  • $32.7 million to the Coos Bay North Jetty for root and track maintenance construction

“Chairman DeFazio has long understood that we need to make investments in our nation’s critical infrastructure – and virtually nothing on the South Coast is more critical than the jetty system in Coos Bay,” said CEO of the Port of Coos Bay John Burns. “Our North Jetty is losing 20 feet every year and has receded more than 750 feet since it’s construction. This deterioration creates a very dangerous situation for commercial ships, commercial and sport fisherman, and recreational boaters, and impedes the U.S. Coast Guard’s ability to carry out search and rescue missions. Thanks to Chairman DeFazio’s leadership, the Corps of Engineers will finally have the money it needs to repair the jetty, and that will save lives.”

 

  • $3.5 million for the Port of Brookings Harbor Wastewater Treatment Plant

 

  • $3 million for Corvallis Housing First’s Southtown Permanent Supported Housing Project

"Housing with support services is desperately needed in our community” said Corvallis Housing First Executive Director Andrea Myhre. “We are so excited to work with our neighbors and partners to provide healthy homes for those who have experienced homelessness and trauma in their lives. Along with 5 million in funding recently approved by the Oregon State Legislature, and local donor and foundation support, we will make a significant impact on the issue of homelessness in our area."

 

  • $1.5 million for a Federally Qualified Rural Community Health Center in Cottage Grove, OR

“I want to extend my thanks to Congressman DeFazio for recognizing the importance of expanding access to primary health care and dental care services in rural Oregon” said Lane County Commissioner Heather Buch. “He successfully inserted a funding request of $1.5M into one of the House’s FY 2022 budget bills for the development of a Federally Qualified Health Center which will be located in Cottage Grove. This funding will ensure Lane County is able to open this new clinic, and in particular address the oral health needs of the high number of children who live below the federal poverty level in that community. Congressman DeFazio did his research and well understands that when communities have direct access to health care, their residents are less likely to be burdened by chronic health issues. This funding is an investment that will pay off for all of the residents of southern Lane County, and we know he will continue to work to ensure this project is included in the final federal budget when it reaches President Biden’s desk for signature.”

 

  • $1 million for Eugene Civic Park community facility improvements

“This is very exciting news!” said former Eugene Civic Alliance Executive Director Nancy Webber. “ECA thanks Congressman DeFazio for his efforts to include the $1 million in the committee-approved bill for capital improvements at Civic Park. The request is to replace the original Civic Stadium retaining wall and create space for bleachers along the west side of the field at Civic Park, providing 1,000 seats for spectators.”

 

  • $1 million for Benton County to retrofit their old County building into a new Crisis Respite Center

 

  • $500,000 for Lane Community College’s Aviation Professional Pilot Improvement Project

“I applaud Congressman DeFazio’s work to secure this funding for Lane Community College’s Aviation Pilot Improvement Program” said Lane Community College President Margaret Hamilton. “This funding will help the Lane Aviation Academy (LAA) improve the quality of training and importantly, maintain accessibility by helping LAA maintain current student cost rates and by providing new and enhanced training for students that will save them time and money. These dollars will help keep up with the demands of the industry and keep southwest Oregon.

 

  • $200,000 for fuel reduction efforts at Willamalane Parks and Recreation District

 

  • $125,000 for floodplain restoration at the McKenzie River Trust Finn Rock Reach

Background:

This Fiscal Year 2022 funding package includes robust funding across several important programs. The appropriations package:

  • Supports our nation’s workers, students, and families by including substantial increases for child care, education, job training, worker protection, public health infrastructure, and biomedical research

 

  • Tackles hunger, lifts up rural communities, rebuilds our public health and consumer safety infrastructure, confronts the climate crisis, and ensures equity

 

  • Creates good-paying jobs by confronting the climate crisis and rebuilding our nation’s water infrastructure

 

  • Supports small businesses, protects our democracy, rebuilds the Internal Revenue Service, and strengthens consumer protection

 

  • Creates good-paying jobs in renewable energy, strengthens environmental enforcement with a focus on environmental justice, and supports Native American families

 

  • Supports our veterans, invests in military family housing, and protects our national security while building climate resilience

 

  • Creates jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, grows opportunity through homeownership and rental assistance, and promote safe transportation and public housing

A detailed summary of the legislation is available here.