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As expected, Calexico Port funding not in draft spending bill

(Calexico not included in Draft Spending Bill)…The Senate Appropriations Committee released the Draft Tuesday.

The Senate Appropriations sub-committee had pulled the $98 million for the Calexico Downtown Port from the spending bill. In releasing the draft, Senate Appropriations staff said it was simply a matter of limited funds, and they chose to fund different projects than the House. Senator Diane Feinstein, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee said the lack of funding for the Calexico Port would be problematic for her. She said she would be meeting with the sub-committee Chairman Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico to register her concerns. Feinstein is expected to push hard for the Calexico funding during conference negotiations.