These included funding for Coastal Bend College and the Bee County Sheriff’s Department.
“The Consolidated Appropriations Act builds on our strategic economic plan to provide short-term help for the hardest hit Americans during this economic crisis and long-term solutions to grow our economy for years,” he said.
“My number one priority is rebuilding our economy and creating jobs in my district,” Hinojosa said. “This bill will allow us to provide short-term help to those who need it most while making long-term investments in building up our workforce and helping our youth get the skills they need to succeed in the jobs of the future”.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act will invest $1.4 billion in training and support services for workers impacted by mass layoffs and plant closures. It will support small businesses, the engines of job growth in this country, by providing funding to support $28 billion in new SBA lending for firms having trouble borrowing in this market, the congressman said. It will put people back to work rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure.
“We invested almost $42 billion to improve our highways, $2.5 billion to build next generation high speed rail and $6.4 billion to keep Americans safe with airport modernization and modernizing air traffic control,” he added. “This bill will also build the workforce of the future with top-notch education from pre-K to post-graduate. We boosted funding for funding science education, Head Start, and Pell Grants.”
This Consolidated Appropriations Act will fund many projects in the 15th Congressional District of Texas including:
•Coastal Bend College in Beeville will receive $220,000 for a Mobile Simulation Lab. The rural community college is training nurses and health professionals in a region with chronic shortages. Currently, due to the distance and lack of transportation between clinical facilities, many students cannot easily obtain the training they need to complete their studies. The Mobile Simulation Lab will allow these students to obtain clinical experience in their communities.
•The University of Texas-Pan American will receive $250,000 for South Texas Border Disparities Center. The funding will be used to conduct research and education addressing health disparities in diabetes, cancer, obesity and other diseases in Hispanic populations along the US-Mexico border.
•The Hidalgo County Health Department in Edinburg will receive $230,000 for its Hidalgo County Mobile Health Clinic. The Mobile Health Clinic will allow the County Public Health Department to reach and treat thousands of citizens who live in areas, like colonias, where it is extremely difficult for the residents to travel for their medical treatment.
This bill includes funding for three projects in the Rio Grande Valley and for the entire length of the U.S. border with Mexico for flood control.
The Bee County Sheriff’s Department will receive $250,000 to train and equip several new officers, helping this small, rural community that is on the northern route of border drug trafficking, he said.