After a lengthy process of pursuing funding through the federal Community Projects program, U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici announced July 29 that nine of her projects passed the House and are on track to receive more than $8.5 million under various appropriations bills. Among the projects was an expansion of the Virginia Garcia Medical Center in Newberg, which is set to receive $2 million.
"I look forward to delivering federal resources to these community-driven projects to help the people of Northwest Oregon, support our economic recovery and promote equity," Bonamici said in a news release. "These projects will create tremendous opportunities for our community, and I will continue to do all I can to advocate for the Senate to pass this needed funding."
Virginia Garcia's $2 million expansion is the largest allocation of funds among the nine projects. Others include $1.75 million to renovate the Japan Institute at the Portland Japanese Garden; $1.33 million for the plaza of a behavior health resource center in Multnomah County; and $1 million for water supply system construction in Hillsboro.
"Under the rules of the House Appropriations Committee, members of Congress each submitted up to 10 Community Project Funding requests for consideration during the fiscal year 2022 appropriations legislative process," the release said. "The reformed and transparent Community Project Funding process allows members of Congress to advocate for specific community financial support in a local, highly competitive process.
"Bonamici nominated 10 projects in total, nine of which passed the House this week. Rep. Earl Blumenauer joined the congresswoman in advocating for the Behavioral Health Resource Center Plaza in Multnomah County to receive funding. The tenth project was included in the Commerce, Justice and Science subcommittee bill and will be considered on the House floor soon."
For more information on the projects Bonamici supported and what they will entail, visit Bonamici.House.Gov/CommunityProjects.
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