Napolitano Fights to Protect the San Gabriel Mountains
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) fought for greater protection of the San Gabriel Mountains, delivering the following speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives:
I rise today in very strong support of H.R. 2215, the San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act.
As a representative of the San Gabriel Foothills community, I am very proud of our community members and the local organizations who have worked tirelessly on preserving and expanding the Mountains for future generations.
The San Gabriel Mountains, Foothills, and River Corridor attract millions of visitors each year and provide some of the only outdoor options for the open space-poor Los Angeles County.
H.R. 2215 expands the boundaries of the Monument and allows the San Gabriel Mountains, Foothills, and River Corridor to be eligible for federal funding to help clean, protect, and develop our beloved recreational areas.
This bill will improve recreation opportunities for millions of families and bring much needed resources to the communities that serve as the gateway to the mountains, while respecting local rights.
Water agencies and communities from the area all agree this is a good thing. As California is continuously faced with droughts, forest fires, and the growing impacts of climate change, it is critical that we support policies such as this.
Napolitano is an original cosponsor of H.R. 2215, the San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act, which was authored by Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27). H.R. 2215 was one of six wilderness bills included in H.R. 2546, the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act, which passed the House today with bipartisan support by a vote of 231 to 183. H.R. 2546 now moves to the Senate for consideration.
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