Sens. Kelly and Sinema: Major Arizona Priorities Included in Final Government Funding Bill

Today, Arizona Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema announced that major Arizona priorities are included in the final omnibus budget bill, which funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year and is expected to pass Congress this week. 

Through Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) requests made by the Senators, Kelly and Sinema secured federal funding for dozens of projects across Arizona. The projects will better equip law enforcement, invest in job-training programs, upgrade water infrastructure, expand access to healthcare, and more.   

“From providing new equipment for law enforcement and better job training facilities for Arizonans, these projects are going to have a direct impact on communities across the state,” said Senator Kelly. “After months of work with Arizona mayors and local leaders, we are going to make key investments that create great-paying jobs, get Arizonans the skills they need, and make sure our state remains the best state to live, work and raise a family.”   

“Working across the aisle, we secured investments in Arizona helping empower local communities to strengthen their water infrastructure, law enforcement, health care services, and more – today’s announcement is a win for our state and for hardworking families trying to make ends meet,” said Sinema.

See what Arizona leaders are saying about the funding Kelly and Sinema secured:    

“Senators Kelly and Sinema have been tireless in their support of Douglas’s federal priorities and we have been honored to host them in our community on several occasions,” said Douglas Mayor Donald Huish. “The funding they helped secure for the Rose and Palm Garden Washes will allow us to properly mitigate this flood zone to protect businesses and residents from nearly annual flooding.  Our Senators are champions for our community, and we are thrilled that they were able to push this initial funding across the finish line for this critical infrastructure project.”    

“We commend Senators Kelly and Sinema for their tireless efforts in funding important projects for the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project. Forest fires represent one of our community’s biggest public health and safety risks,” Flagstaff Mayor Paul Deasy said.  “With these funds, we will be able to protect our residents, our forests and our community from devastating and costly wildfires that could ravage it.  We are thankful for the Senators’ continued advocacy for these important forest health projects and the fact that these funds will go a long way toward protecting our community.”    

“We are appreciative of Senator Kelly’s and Senator Sinema’s efforts to secure funding for the McCormick Wash flood control project. Completion of this feasibility study, and eventually this project, will protect the City from a catastrophic flood event that could destroy our City in its entirety.  Senators Kelly and Sinema have championed this important project and we are grateful for their hard work,” said Globe Mayor Al Gameros.     

“We are incredibly thankful for Senator Kelly’s and Senator Sinema’s persistence and hard work in helping us secure funding for our Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) course. This will allow us to train the next generation of bus and truck drivers at a time when there is a limited supply of available CDL course locations and at a time when there is also limited supply and growing need for bus and truck drivers in our country,” said Heather Dalmolin, Mountain Line General Manager and CEO.   

“On behalf of the Lower Santa Cruz River Alliance, we are delighted that the FY22 omnibus appropriations bill will be advanced by Congress with funding to advance the Eloy Levee/Channel project and are grateful to Senators Kelly and Sinema for their efforts to ensure that this important flood mitigation project was included in the final bill,” said Steven Bloch, President & CEO, Lower Santa Cruz River Alliance.     

“We are grateful for the support in securing funding for three critical projects for Pinal County as part of the FY’22 omnibus appropriations bill. Installing Broadband service into rural areas, advancing flood mitigation work in Eloy, and upgrading the County’s Emergency Operations Center all serve to help better protect our communities,” said Pinal County Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Jeffrey McClure.  

“On behalf of the Navajo people, I thank Senator Kelly for his leadership in getting the $8,000,000 request included in the Labor-HHS-ED appropriation bill for the Tuba City Long Term Care and Skilled Nursing and Cancer Treatment Facility. Nursing home services are very limited for our Navajo elders, which often leads to families having to admit their loved ones at facilities located off the Navajo Nation. This historic funding request is the first federal investment in tribal based cancer care ever. The Tuba City cancer facility opened without any federal funding. In 2019, we had the honor of joining First Lady Dr. Jill Biden for a visit to the cancer treatment center and now we are pleased to support the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to reignite the Cancer Moonshot mission to end cancer. The expansion of the Cancer Treatment Facility means that, in addition to hematology treatment, the Specialty Care Clinic can hopefully provide radiation oncology l, so that our Navajo patients can stay near our homelands for all their treatment,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.

“Superior has the potential to grow exponentially in the future. Because of Senator Kelly’s and Senator Sinema’s hard work and determination to fund our Workforce, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, we will be able to attract good, high-paying jobs that will enable our Town to build a stronger, more diverse and sustainable economy. We applaud our Senators for their efforts,” said Town of Superior Mayor Mila Besich.   

“Partnering with business and industry is an important priority for Pima Community College. This funding will provide state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing equipment that will enable the College to not only train college students, but also to train and upskill business partners’ employees with needed 21st century skills. We are especially grateful to Senator Mark Kelly, Senator Kyrsten Sinema, Congressman Raúl Grijalva, and Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick for their hard work in advocating on PCC’s behalf,” said Chancellor Lee Lambert, Pima Community College.  

“We’d like to extend our gratitude to Senators Kelly and Sinema and are beyond excited to receive this funding to support the delivery of comprehensive dental services in our community. Access to dentistry has been a high need for many years, and this funding will support our long-term vision of increasing access to affordable dental care to patients in need,” said Hunter Adams, CEO of Creek Valley Health Clinic in Colorado City, AZ. “Creek Valley Health Clinic currently offers a wide array of medical and behavioral health services, and integrating dentistry will allow local residents to access whole-body care at a shared location, on the same day, and in the center of town. The journey of opening Creek Valley Health Clinic [in 2019], and now having the opportunity to expand services, has been remarkable and would not have been possible without strong local support from the community and the team of professionals that brought this vision into a reality.” 

“The Tohono O’odham Nation thanks Senator Kelly for his leadership in securing funding for a permanent Children’s Home, which is crucial to the Nation’s efforts to provide for the needs of some of our most vulnerable children. With this help, the Nation will be able to bring home children currently in off-reservation foster care, and care for them in a setting that reflects O’odham values, language and culture. This Children’s Home project will provide our youngest tribal citizens with a brighter future, and benefit our whole community,” said Ned Norris, Jr., Chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation. 

A full breakdown of projects can be found in the table below:   

Project Name/Location

Funding Amount


City of Superior – Workforce, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Center


The Town of Superior will create an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center to stimulate new businesses, a workforce training center to train residents in the high-paying skilled trades in demand in local industries, and a full-service multigenerational center to attract workers to new industry jobs and to live in the community.

City of Glendale – Mobile Command Center


Glendale’s Mobile Command Center will provide updated technology to serve law enforcement functions and also serve as a backup Emergency Operations Center for frequent large events and potential natural disasters in the region.

Town of Mammoth – Public Safety Patrol Vehicles


The Town of Mammoth will purchase new and reliable patrol vehicles with this funding.

Cochise County Sheriff’s Office – Public Safety Equipment


The Sheriff’s office will implement a new monitoring program and purchase ballistic shields to protect personnel from gunfire. They will also purchase safety and radio equipment to support Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers, as well as buy a large capacity prisoner transport vehicle.

Lake Havasu City – Police Station & Jail Refurbishment


Lake Havasu City will upgrade and rehabilitate the nearly 30 year old police station and jail to provide a new roof and HVAC system, replace the flooring and existing cast iron waste system, and upgrade the jail cells, doors, locks and fire safety system.

Army Corps of Engineers – Lower Santa Cruz River Study at Eloy


The proposed project is to continue the Lower Santa Cruz River Feasibility Study with a focus on the Eloy Levee/Channel project, which is designed to mitigate Santa Cruz River flooding for the community of Eloy, Arizona.

Army Corps of Engineers – McCormick Wash Flood Control Study


The McCormick Wash is a nearly century old earthen tunnel that has fallen into disrepair and partially collapsed due to erosion. It is only a matter of time until it collapses further, threatening flooding in the city of Globe. This funding will jumpstart a flood control project to protect the city from flooding, an investment which would protect the federal government from more costly mitigations caused by a potential flood.

Army Corps of Engineers – Rose and Palm Garden Washes Small Flood Control Project


Douglas, a community that relies on tourism and cross-border trade through its port of entry, experiences significant flooding in the Rose and Palm Garden washes and oftentimes much of the City can be under a foot of water or more. This flood control project is necessary to protect the area and the international trade that drives the region’s economy.

Army Corps of Engineers – Little Colorado River at Winslow Levee Project


This funding will cover planning, engineering, and design costs for the Little Colorado River at Winslow Levee project, which will protect Winslow, AZ and a critical transcontinental rail crossing from flooding.

GSA – DeConcini Port of Entry Feasibility Study


This study is the first step needed towards potential upgrades to improve the efficiency of trade and travel, as well as port security. The DeConcini Port is an important pedestrian and personal vehicle land port of entry and has not seen updates since the 1990s.

Pinal County – Emergency Operations Center


Pinal County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be renovated, improving the operational coordination, communication, and public information for one of the fastest growing counties in Arizona.

City of Sedona – Emergency Operations Center


This will expedite the renovation and remodeling of the existing public safety facility to meet the needs of the police department and serve as a small emergency operations center (EOC).

Mohave County – Bank Street Channel Stormwater Control


This will divert storm water to the existing Mohave Channel, which will alleviate flooding issues along Bank Street in front of the Kingman High School.

Town of Hayden – Sewer Line Replacement


This project will make critical upgrades to the Town of Hayden’s aging sewer lines which are at risk of failure, improving quality of life for the Hayden community.

Gila County – Forest Road 512 Repave


Gila County will apply an all-weather surface to Young Road, which is the sole access to the community of Young. This project will ensure that residents, visitors, and emergency services can access the community for work, emergencies, or services including a planned veterans center.

City of Flagstaff – Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project


Forests of the Intermountain West are threatened by a convergence of two significant factors: unnatural overstocking with small trees and weather conditions that contribute to the increasing severity, size and frequency of catastrophic wildfire. The City of Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project (FWPP) at Mormon Mountain will tackle those challenging elements of restoring forests within high threat areas, providing greater protection for the Flagstaff community from the health, public safety and economic impacts of fires and floods.

Gila County – Wildland Fire Prevention


Gila County will maintain their water tanks and storage facilities system in the area that allows for quick response aerial firefighting in partnership with the Tonto National Forest and local fire districts. This capability is essential to protect life and property in an area prone to wildfires and to fight fires early, saving on firefighting and recovery costs.

City of Glendale – Water Supply Inter-Connects


This will support a project to interconnect Glendale, Peoria, and Phoenix’s water supplies to allow for the transfer of water between jurisdictions.

Mountain Park Health Center – Glendale CHC


This will support a new clinic that provides pediatric care, family medicine, women’s health, behavioral health, and registered dietician services from a proven Community Health Center network to a southern Glendale community where residents are more likely to have low incomes, be uninsured, and have diabetes or high blood pressure.

Pima Community College – FIT Lab


This will provide the equipment needed for the Flexible Industry Training (FIT) Lab at Pima County College’s new Center of Excellence in Applied Technology, ranging from 3D scanners and printers to foundry and casting equipment. This center will partner with industry to train and upskill employees with the skills to meet the needs of the labor market and get good-paying jobs.

Superstition Fire & Medical District – CPR Devices


This will be used for implementation of a CPR device that provides high quality compressions delivered automatically, allowing first responders to expedite the use of other lifesaving tools that enhance the survivability of patients who are in cardiac arrest.

Williamson Fire District – 15-Lead Cardiac Monitors


This will be used to purchase six 15-lead cardiac monitors (three each) for Williamson Valley Fire District and Mayer Fire District.

Fry Fire District – Cardiac Monitors


This will be used to purchase cardiac monitors so the fire district, which has been stretched to assist with COVID-19 in the community, can continue to provide adequate emergency services.

Tuba City Regional Health Center – Long Term Care Facility


The Navajo Nation will construct new long-term care facilities on the Navajo Nation to care for seniors so that they can age with dignity near their families.

Creek Valley Health Clinic – Dental Clinic


Colorado City will fund an extension of the Creek Valley Health Clinic to allow for 8 dental operatories, a separate waiting room, and offices, allowing the clinic to offer the first local, affordable dental care to the community.

Chiricahua Health Clinic – Rural Workforce Training Center


Chiricahua Community Health Centers is the only federally qualified health center serving Cochise County. This will create a space for continuing education programs needed for its health care workforce that can be used by CCHC and other health and nonprofit entities, as well.

Yuma Multiversity Campus – Program Development


These funds will be used to leverage local investments to improve education facilities that get students degrees and training necessary to land good-paying jobs, thereby boosting the local economy.

Sun Life Health Center – Provider Training Center


This will help alleviate the projected shortage of health care providers by establishing a provider educational hub in central Arizona. The Sun Life educational hub will provide trainees with much needed residency rotations in a central Arizona location. Their integrated model and proximity to hospitals allows for dental, behavioral health, pediatrics, family medicine and pharmaceutical residency programs

City of Mesa – Downtown Revitalization


This program will enable the City of Mesa to support small businesses in its downtown corridor to make improvements to draw in customers, which will lead to increased sales for locally-owned establishments and revitalization within a federally designated Opportunity Zone and major public transportation corridor.

City of Tucson – Willard Apartments


This will allow for the complete remodel, including asbestos abatement, of much needed affordable housing units.

Marine Corps Air Station Yuma – Combat Training Tank Complex


This project would construct a combat training tank and applied instruction building at MCAS Yuma to support combat water survival training and mandatory bi-annual swim qualifications for Marines and Sailors. The applied instruction building includes classrooms, administration and lifeguard offices, equipment storage, locker/shower rooms, medical rooms, and utility/mechanical areas for the tank.

N. AZ Public Transit – Commercial Driving Course


Northern Arizona lacks adequate facilities to test and train drivers, hampering workforce and economic development. This funding will construct the first phase of a project to bring additional Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) courses to Flagstaff, creating more job opportunities and improving public safety.

Tohono O’odham – Permanent Childrens Home


This will support the construction and development of a permanent children’s home on the Tohono O’odham Nation to provide housing, care and support for children ranging in age from newborn through 18 years old, who are in the custody of the Nation’s Department of Health and Human Services, Child Welfare Division, because they cannot safely remain in their own homes due to abuse or neglect. This investment will protect, support, and care for children who, through no fault of their own, have no income, parental support or permanent shelter.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe – San Ignacio Health Center


This will be used to construct a Children’s Educational Center in Guadalupe, Arizona, an area home to many Latino and Native American families living below the poverty line. This center would provide disadvantaged youth with additional educational opportunities to ensure they are not left behind and would also provide a computer lab and internet to members of the community who lack access at home.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe – Education & Cultural Center


The San Ignacio Center exists to provide services to members of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in Tucson, but because of inadequate space, it is unable to offer health care, social services, food distribution, or senior care needed by tribal members. Funding this renovation and expansion would increase the number of services that the center can offer, improving the health and well-being of the community.

City of Phoenix – Edison Impact Hub


This project will renovate a vacant former hospital building to a community services center, named the Edison Impact Hub, in the Edison-Eastlake Community. The Edison Impact Hub will house a medical and behavioral health clinic (FQHC), a community commercial kitchen and garden, and workspace and training for small businesses. These services align with the community-driven neighborhood transformation plan, which is supported by residents and stakeholders.

Valley Metro – Electric Bus Demonstration


This project will purchase 2 zero-emission electric buses and related infrastructure to test the reliability of electric vehicles in the extreme weather conditions of the Valley Metro service area. Transitioning Valley Metro buses to electric is an important step to reduce emissions from vehicles in a region that suffers from air pollution.

MAG/GRIC – SR87 Capacity and Safety Improvements


SR 87 is the sole state route connecting the community to other parts of the state. This funding would provide much needed additional lights at busy intersections to improve public safety and traffic flow.

Pinal County – Broadband Projects


This will allow the Pinal County Final Mile Project to bring internet access to rural residents in Western and Central Pinal County who have either no internet, slow internet, or unaffordable internet.

Town of Snowflake – Streetlight & Sidewalk Project


This project will increase traffic and pedestrian safety in a busy corridor that lacks adequate traffic lights, streetlights, and sidewalks.

City of Sedona – Shelby Drive Business Development


This project will increase traffic and pedestrian safety in a busy corridor that lacks adequate traffic lights, streetlights, and sidewalks.

Rodeo Drive Improvements


The Rodeo Drive project will provide commercial development opportunities by upgrading a 200 acre business park with water, sewer and electric services.

City of Chandler – Advanced Metering Infrastructure


Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) systems allow for smart meters to collect utility consumption data in real time via a system of network devices and data backhaul. The City of Chandler is hoping to couple local investments with a partnership with the federal government for the purchase and installation of 33 network devices to complete this innovative project. In an AMI system, network devices are the portion of the network infrastructure that is strategically placed throughout the City to collect meter reads and data on a continuous basis an improvement from the current process, where data can only be obtained monthly using a drive-by device or by obtaining a visual read.

Terros Health McDowell Health Center Service Expansion


The Terros Health McDowell Health Center project is to expand services and increase the patient capacity in the underserved areas near this Federally Qualified Health Center.

Be a Leader Foundation


Project funding for the Class of 2020 and 2021 Postsecondary Re-Engagement Project will allow Be A Leader to target graduates from two of the most diverse high school districts in Arizona and provide them with individualized support with the financial aid and postsecondary application process, and support through their first semester of college.

Creighton University Health Sciences and Medical School Campus


Eight new simulation labs are planned as part of the new Creighton University Health Sciences and Medical School Campus in Phoenix to assist in the University’s commitment to train the next generation of physicians, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, and therapists in the southwest and to support clinical partners Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, District Medical Group, and Valley wise Health.

Glendale Airport Apron Reconstruction


Funding will be used to reconstruct the approximately 30,000 square foot South Apron of the terminal at the Glendale Arizona Municipal Airport. The city of Glendale’s pavement management engineers have determined that the pavement that makes up the apron has severally deteriorated and is a safety concern for aircraft due to high degrees of foreign object debris (FOB).

City of Phoenix Electric Bus Investment


The City of Phoenix plans to deploy the region’s first electric transit buses. The City of Phoenix seeks to purchase six 40-foot electric buses for planned fleet replacements.

City of Tempe – Micro manufacturing


This project encourages the development of micro manufacturing in Tempe by helping entrepreneurs, with a focus on entrepreneurs of color, overcome the greatest obstacles to start-up manufacturing space and capital. Working with Tempe-based co-manufacturing solutions provider MAC6, LISC Arizona, Arizona State University, and entrepreneur coaches at Hustle, Phoenix.

Pima County – Mission Garden Site


Mission Garden, located the foot of Sentinel Peak, on the west side of Tucson, is the site of the Native American village of S-cuk Son (Chuk Shon), a place sacred to the Tohono O’odham that gave Tucson its name. Capital improvement investment in Mission Garden will galvanize continued local support and leverage public/private participation to ensure and maintain historical preservation and education at the Birthplace of Tucson site.