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), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, called for renewed federal commitment to water-related infrastructure at the Subcommittee’s first hearing of the 115th Congress.
The route has been dubbed the “Main Street of America.” Cultivated by a car culture synonymous with western wanderlust. Immortalized by a 1940s rhythm and blues hit as a place where you can “get your kicks.”
Now, Route 66, the road from Chicago to Los Angeles built in 1926 before the advance of the interstate highway, may become the first road to be established by Congress as a National Historic Trail.
(Washington, DC) Today, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32), Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), and Darin LaHood (R-IL-18) announced the introduction of two bipartisan bills to commemorate the historical significance of Route 66: H.R. 66, which creates a Commission to recommend improvements and activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Route 66 in 2026, and H.R. 801, which establishes Route 66 as a National Historic Trail.
(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) issued the following statement after receiving the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Notice of Intent to Grant Easement for the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline:
(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano proudly announced her reelection to serve as the Ranking Democratic Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment and the rest of her committee assignments for the 115th Congress.
(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte), delivered the following remarks on the House Floor during consideration of S. 612, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, a critical water infrastructure and jobs bill for Southern California:
(Los Angeles, CA) Yesterday, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) was honored by Access Services with the “Spirit of Accessibility” award for including an amendment in the FAST Act Transportation Bill which maintained a simple two-tiered fare structure for transit riders with disabilities.
(Ontario, CA) Yesterday, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) joined local residents, stakeholders, and public officials at a signing ceremony marking the official transfer of ownership of the Ontario Airport to local control.
(Washington, DC)—Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) congratulated Foothill Transit on the $7.24 million Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant it received for the design and construction of a transit center at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) in Walnut, CA.