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Napolitano Elected Chair of Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, Welcomes Democratic Members

January 24, 2019
Press Release

(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.

“To ensure the availability of clean, safe, and affordable water and wastewater services for our families and businesses in the San Gabriel Valley and across our nation, and to support additional U.S. job creation, we must increase federal investment in our water infrastructure and drought resiliency measures,” Napolitano said. “As Chairwoman, I look forward to building on the recent successes of enacting a bipartisan Water Resources Development Act every two years, and we will continue to fight for robust implementation of existing environmental laws, such as the Clean Water Act. I am very pleased to have been entrusted to lead our Subcommittee’s efforts in these pursuits, and I pledge to work with all of my colleagues, Republicans and Democrats, to address the most pressing water infrastructure needs of our communities. I congratulate Subcommittee Ranking Member Bruce Westerman and look forward to working with him in a bipartisan manner on behalf of American families.”

Democratic Members of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee:

Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32)
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26)
Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
John Garamendi (CA-03)
Jared Huffman (CA-02)
Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)
Salud Carbajal (CA-24)
Adriano Espaillat (NY-13)
Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07)
Abby Finkenauer (IA-01)
Antonio Delgado (NY-19)
Chris Pappas (NH-01)
Angie Craig (MN-02)
Harley Rouda (CA-48)
Frederica Wilson (FL-24)
Stephen Lynch (MA-08)
Tom Malinowski (NJ-07)
Peter DeFazio (OR-04)

The vital Subcommittee oversees EPA Clean Water Act programs and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). Chairwoman Napolitano will continue to encourage EPA and sanitation agencies in LA County and nationwide to find ways to recycle water for irrigation use, groundwater replenishment, and potable reuse, recognizing the ongoing threats posed by climate change, historic drought, and severe storms. She will also continue to work closely with the Corps, local flood control districts, and water agencies, to capture more water in flood control reservoirs, a major issue at Santa Fe Dam in her district and the bordering Whittier Narrows Dam.

In addition to chairing the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, Napolitano will continue to serve on the Transportation Subcommittees on Highways and Transit; Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials; and Aviation. She is the highest-ranking Hispanic member and California member of the Committee.

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