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 - Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) announced she secured $19.975 Million for nine of the Member Designated Projects she submitted to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, in the “Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act.
WASHINGTON, DC - On Friday, May 28, 2021, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32) and Darin LaHood (R-IL-18) reintroduced legislation to designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Congresswomen Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte), Linda T. Sánchez (D-Whittier), and Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park) announced that the President’s budget is providing $219,591,000 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to complete the Whittier Narrows Dam safety upgrades.
WASHINGTON, DC - Tonight, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) released the following statement on President Biden's Address to a Joint Session of Congress:
The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure announced March 3, 2021, that the Committee will accept requests for Member Designated Projects to be considered for inclusion in the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization legislation under a reformed process that includes new transparency measures.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32), Chair of the full Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Peter DeFazio (D-OR-04), and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01) introduced the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021.