Napolitano is the most senior California member and Hispanic member of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure where she currently serves as Chairwoman on the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, which oversees EPA’s Clean Water Act and US Army Corps of Engineers water programs.
On that panel, Napolitano works with the Corps, local flood control districts, and water agencies to capture more water in flood control reservoirs, which is a major issue at Santa Fe Dam in her district and the bordering Whittier Narrows Dam. In 2014 she was appointed as a conferee to finalize the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), providing more equity to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in dredging operations. She also secured important provisions for L.A. County to expand water supply, flood control, and recreation projects in the region. Napolitano supports both the Los Angeles River Revitalization Plan and improvements to the San Gabriel River with environmental restoration projects and recreational opportunities, such as bikeways, fishing, and swimming areas.
Napolitano also encourages the EPA and sanitation agencies to find ways to recycle water for irrigation use and groundwater replenishment. She closely monitors the implementation of a new Clean Water Act Stormwater Permit, ensuring affordability for L.A. County cities and residents.
In fall of 2015, Napolitano became the only California Democrat appointed to finalize the recently passed FAST Act (H.R. 22), a $305 billion 5-year transportation bill for the nation. Napolitano fought to secure more than $26 billion for California, $450 million of which going to the Los Angeles region for transit funding, benefiting Foothill Transit, LA Metro, and Metrolink. Funds will also relieve congestion, improve transit, and reduce the negative impacts her district takes on as a primary shipping corridor from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
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(WASHINGTON, DC) This week, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32) and Darin LaHood (R-IL-18) introduced H.R. 8240, legislation to designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail. The lawmakers previously introduced similar legislation in the 115th Congress.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) voted for H.R. 7617, the FY2021 Defense, Commerce-Justice-Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Labor-HHS-Education, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development “Minibus” appropriations package, in which she secured hundreds of millions of federal dollars for Whittier Narrows Dam, water recycling projects, the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, and life-saving mental health services.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) applauded unanimous House passage of H.R. 7575, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020, a critical water infrastructure and jobs bill for Southern California and the nation.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32) and Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA-38) announced that the FY2021 Energy and Water Appropriations bill is providing $384,900,000 as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Dam Safety and Seepage Program.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) voted for H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, a more than $1.5 trillion investment to rebuild American infrastructure from roads, bridges, and transit systems, to schools, housing, and broadband access.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) announced she secured $37.5 billion for the State of California, including several key local priorities, in the “Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act,” a new 5-year Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill, which will be introduced tomorrow.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) sent a letter with 42 of her Democratic colleagues, calling on President Donald Trump to immediately halt construction of the border wall as our nation confronts the Coronavirus global pandemic.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is providing $393,200,000 for Whittier Narrows Dam as part of its Dam Safety and Seepage Program.
(WASHINGTON, DC) This week, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) unveiled House Democrats’ new framework for a 5-year, $760 billion investment that would rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure, create an estimated 10 million jobs, and put the U.S. on a path toward zero carbon pollution from the transportation sector.