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) called for a robust infrastructure bill for the San Gabriel Valley and the nation, as meager details of President Trump’s infrastructure plan have been released, in advance of his first State of the Union address.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, H.R. 801, the Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act, sponsored by Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32) and Darin LaHood (R-IL-18), unanimously passed the House Natural Resources Committee during a full committee markup.
The project has drawn interest from Los Angeles County supervisors Hilda Solis and Kathryn Barger, as well as U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-El Monte. Other possible sources of funding include the state’s Cap and Trade fund, said Belinda Faustinos, executive director of Nature For All, formerly called San Gabriel Mountains Forever.
We appreciate Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-El Monte, for championing the reopening. But we hear the budget skepticism of Supervisor Kathryn Barger loud and clear. Some future time when the rest of our roads are fixed will be the time to fix Highway 39.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA-47), and Nanette Díaz Barragán (D-CA-44) held a press conference with port truck drivers as well as representatives from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to announce the introduction of the Port Drivers’ Bill of Rights Act (H.R. 4144) and the Clean Ports Act of 2017 (H.R. 4147).
Las visitas de los camioneros se produjeron en víspera de que los legisladores demócratas, Grace Napolitano, de California, y Jerrold Nadler, de Nueva York, presenten formalmente mañana sendas iniciativas, a las que tuvo acceso este diario y que establecen mecanismos para siquiera comenzar a fortalecer las protecciones laborales de los camioneros.
“For truck drivers to be treated fairly and paid fairly,” said Grace Napolitano, D-CA, one of the eight bill sponsors, “that’s a no-brainer.”
Despite the obstacles, both Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-El Monte, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger pushed for the project — both had just taken helicopter tours of the damaged state highway which was washed away in a rain storm and abandoned by the state nearly 40 years ago.
Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-El Monte, who requested the helicopter tour with newly elected Supervisor Kathryn Barger, is getting impatient.
“The state has mandated it. It is in stone. But they are fighting me,” Napolitano said during a phone interview last week. “They are finding excuses. So we are trying to get to the bottom of it.”
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) highlighted the successful Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfields program, which provides grants and technical assistance to assess, clean up, and sustainably reuse contaminated properties throughout the United States, at a House Transportation Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee hearing.