Representative Mike Garcia (CA-25) secured funds to help prevent wildfires, provide technological advancements in space exploration, enhance school security, and support law enforcement within California’s 25th District.
Representative Mike Garcia (CA-25) secured the allocation of funds to help prevent wildfires, provide technological advancements in space exploration, enhance school security, and support law enforcement within California’s 25th District. The funding is included in the FY2022 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill.
“I am pleased to have secured the allocation of funds for these crucial innovative advancements needed within our community. This funding addresses the grave threat of wildfires, the need for advancing our nation’s space exploration, enhancing school security, and supports the resources our local law enforcement need. I will continue to advocate for the safety and success of California’s 25th District as well as continuing to ensure that taxpayer dollars are appropriately spent,” said Garcia.
Garcia secured funds for the following Commerce, Justice, and Science requests:
$140M for the STOP School Violence Act grant program which improves school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to, and help prevent acts of violence.
$125M for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
$85.2M to fund the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), which has made significant recent scientific discoveries, including detecting helium hydride in interstellar space. The funding is equal to the FY2021 level.
$15M to fully support fire weather initiatives across NOAA, which would help predict and respond to wildfires through satellite and artificial intelligence assets.
$1M to fully fund the City of Simi Valley Police Department’s radio replacement.
$500K to prevent the crashing of NOAA’s wildfire information website, which provides valuable information to first responders including CALFIRE.
The FY2022 Commerce, Science, and Justice bill has been referred to the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote.
Click here to learn more about what Garcia is doing to prepare for and prevent wildfires. Click here to learn more about what Garcia is doing to support U.S. space exploration. Click here to learn more about what Garcia is doing to support law enforcement.