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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On the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Grace Napolitano of suburban southeast Los Angeles leads the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee. On the Agriculture Committee, Jim Costa of Fresno chairs the Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee.
Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-El Monte, sent a letter Wednesday urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make safety repairs at Whittier Narrows Dam its highest budgetary priority in light of an assessment that the barrier could fail in the event of a very large, very rare storm.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) sent a letter urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make the planning, design, and construction of dam safety repairs at Whittier Narrows Dam their highest budgetary priority.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, U.S. Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32), U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and U.S. Rep. John Katko (R-NY-24) introduced the Transit Worker and Pedestrian Protection Act (H.R. 1139).
To celebrate, U.S. Representatives Grace Napolitano, D-El Monte, and Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, Illinois, have proposed a bill to create a commission that would recommend improvements and activities to commemorate the milestone.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 66, the Route 66 Centennial Commission Act, a bill coauthored by Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32) and Rodney Davis (R-IL-13).
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) proudly announced her election by unanimous consent to serve as Chairwoman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment for the 116thCongress and welcomed her fellow Democratic members.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed into law the bipartisan Water Infrastructure Improvement Act:
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte), issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced a new proposal—claiming it to be pro-industry—which would weaken federal clean water rules, putting at risk the health and safety of millions of Americans: