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) applauded unanimous House passage of S. 3021, the America’s Water Infrastructure Act, the final version of WRDA (Water Resources Development Act).
“It can be a major undertaking for U.S. DOT to work with the states on creating a preservation plan for Route 66, especially since the route is 2,451 miles long. We want this preservation plan to be thorough and provide detailed ideas on the preservation of the entire route,” wrote Napolitano’s spokesman, Jerry O’Donnell, in an email.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously 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).
Local Democratic Rep. Grace Napolitano has introduced a bill that would require transit agencies install protective driver barriers on all buses, draw up plans to ensure bus driver safety and hand over data on operator assaults to the Federal Transit Administration.
Earlier this summer, U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Calif., U.S. Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., and Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., introduced legislation long-demanded by transit workers that would start to wrestle with this issue. If it passes, the Bus Operator and Pedestrian Protection Act will invest $125 million over five years to help transit authorities and agencies to create “safety risk reduction programs.”
(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 Bus Operator and Pedestrian Protection Act with the support of bus drivers and union leaders from across the country.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 801, the Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act, a bill coauthored by Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32) and Darin LaHood (R-IL-18).
“With National Historic Trail designation comes federal resources to our San Gabriel Valley, to revitalize and preserve our portion of Route 66 for future generations,” Napolitano said. “I thank the House and Committee leadership for bringing our legislation to the floor and Congressman LaHood for all his work on it.”
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) praised the passage of H.R. 8, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018, by the full House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, issuing the following statement:
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) released the following statement after President Trump unveiled his infrastructure plan:
“This infrastructure plan is a sham, which amounts to a toll tax that San Gabriel Valley residents do not want and can ill afford. Our roads, bridges, and railroads are not for sale.