The work-in-progress overhaul of the San Ysidro Port of Entry got a hefty boost this week when the House Appropriations Committee revealed details of a $1.1 trillion spending bill that includes money for the third and final phase of the project.
The fiscal year 2014 omnibus bill includes $128.3 million for the border-crossing infrastructure projects California lawmakers have been rallying around for months.
The legislation represents a compromise of both Democrat and Republican priorities. It restores funding for domestic agencies and eases sequester skimping, but shortchanges some agency budgets that Democrats had pushed to be higher. House lawmakers told the Washington Post they expected the bill to go over well on both sides of the aisle.
The influx of money could eventually speed up border lines: Phase III specifically would expand southbound roadways and border facilities.