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House OKs funds for prisons

first_imgWASHINGTON – The House approved $405 million Wednesday to repay states the high cost of imprisoning criminal illegal immigrants, the highest amount approved in four years for a program the Bush administration has long sought to eradicate. The money was part of about $100 billion allocated for law enforcement, space, energy and water projects. The measures, approved overwhelmingly, are expected to pass the Senate and land in President George W. Bush’s hands by the week’s end. Also included is $1.5 billion for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Caada Flintridge; $1.5 million for a California campaign against methamphetamine production; and $2 million to improve the Sepulveda Basin. There are also hundreds of millions of dollars for local youth programs, including a Los Angeles arts program that gets low-income kids involved in performing Shakespearean plays and a computer technology center in Van Nuys for disadvantaged families. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The green light on spending comes as local spending – or pork, depending on who is getting it – comes under renewed attack from members of Congress intent on making significant cuts in the federal budget in order to fund Hurricane Katrina needs. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, who secured $100,000 for the computer center – New Directions for Youth – as well as $100 million for the Northridge Police Activity League and $200,000 for a substance-abuse program in Lake View Terrace, said those programs shouldn’t be compared to the $425 million “bridge to nowhere” secured by Alaska Rep. Don Young. “I don’t think you stop working with youth in the Valley with some very effective small programs that the federal government can help out with just because of Katrina,” Sherman said. “I think there’s a difference between $400 million for a bridge leading to an island on which a dozen people live versus helping hundreds of kids for $100,000 and helping to reduce crime and delinquency in an area that has a population of 1.5 million.” In addition to the anti-methamphetamine funding, Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks, secured $9 million for continued cleanup of Rocketdyne’s Santa Susana Field Laboratory; $2.1 million for the Calleguas Municipal Water District recycling project; and $100 million to help the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department’s forensic science laboratory clear its DNA backlog. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, and David Dreier, R-Glendora, both claimed credit for JPL funding, as well as $680 million for several Mars-related missions, while money for the Shakespeare program as well as $500,000 for the San Fernando Valley’s Partnership to curb underage drinking came from Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys. Berman also worked in $431,000 to rehabilitate the Tujunga Wash. Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 [email protected] center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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