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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“It is a partisan political attack,” said Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Norwalk), a member of the House rail subcommittee. “There is a lot of animosity.”
Napolitano, who has supported the rail project though she doesn’t like the routes and doubts it will benefit her working-class constituents, said Democrats will sue over any grant termination.
“It is wrong that the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund has been raided for non-harbor purposes,” Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Calif., said in a statement. “This is the first step this Congress will take in ensuring that shippers who pay (the tax) are receiving a benefit from their user fee.”
Frustrated by continual delays in refurbishing the Whittier Narrows Dam, U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano summoned the commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to her office in Washington D.C. last week.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) and Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38) sent a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Resources requesting $100,405,000 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Construction Account’s Dam Safety and Seepage/Stability Correction Program, citing Whittier Narrows Dam as a potential recipient of federal funding.
The Transit Worker and Pedestrian Protection Act would require reporting on a wider range of incidents, said Joe Sheehy, legislative director for the bill’s sponsor, Democratic Rep. Grace Napolitano (CA-32).
Water infrastructure funding, which traditionally has won strong bipartisan support, will be an even bigger priority now that Democrats control the House, said Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.), who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s water resources and environment subcommittee.
It also built the 62-year-old Whittier Narrows Dam which needs $600 million in upgrades to prevent a failure that would affect 1.25 million people in the event of a 1-in-1,000 year flood. In a separate motion, the county joined with Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-El Monte, asking Congress to allocate the money and expedite the project.