News from Representative Sánchez

   

Dear Friend,

Our aging infrastructure is in desperate need of repair and innovation. I don't have to tell you how frustrating it is to sit in traffic on congested roads, and travel over bridges that are in disrepair. As a lifelong Californian, I understand the multifaceted challenges facing our region when it comes to smart transportation policy. Because of that, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure is one of my top priorities in Congress, as I work to bring back federal dollars to help solve our transportation woes.

Passing an infrastructure package can and should be a bipartisan opportunity to come together and assist states and local governments with funding for desperately needed projects. While I was hopeful when President Trump said he was committed to passing such a package, I cannot support a plan that does not include new funding, and instead forces cash-strapped state and local governments to bear the brunt of the costs. 

Driving to work or taking your children to school is not a privilege, it is often a necessity, and it is the responsibility of the government to ensure that public roads are safe and efficient. That is why I support legislation to establish a National Infrastructure Development Bank, which would fund a public bank to effectively leverage public and private dollars to fund projects. Critical to any infrastructure package is funding to repair dilapidated roads and bridges, public transit, and update public buildings like schools and hospitals. We need serious investment in rebuilding our country, one that pays for itself by stimulating the economy, and creates jobs and economic growth without sacrificing our access to a safe environment. 

In addition, it is important that we provide ample funding for safety projects, such as flood risk management at the Whittier Narrows Dam in Pico Rivera. As you may know, the Army Corps of Engineers considers Whittier Narrows to be among the highest priority dam safety projects in the country. I continue to closely monitor this project and fight for sufficient funding so that these types of projects can be quickly and efficiently completed. 

Lastly, please know that I remain committed to working with our cities, county, and engaged neighbors like you to come up with innovative ways to address the transit headaches you face.

Sincerely,

Linda Sánchez
Member of Congress

Washington Update

Securing Federal Dollars for Water Recycling

I am so proud of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California’s (WRD) role in upholding California’s unmatched record in conservation and sustainability. Recently, I successfully fought to ensure WRD received a $4.3 million federal grant through the latest government funding bill. These vital funds awarded by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation under the WaterSMART Program will support WRD’s Groundwater Reliability Improvement Project (GRIP). Currently under construction in the City of Pico Rivera, GRIP is a state-of-the-art facility that, when completed, will help eliminate the need for expensive imported water in our community by purifying 3.25 billion gallons of recycled water annually. This water, purified to distilled levels, will recharge the Central Basin through the San Gabriel Coastal Spreading Grounds and make our community more resilient to droughts. As Congress crafts government funding for the next fiscal year, know that I am fighting to protect funding for the WaterSMART program, which supports water conservation projects that provide a win-win for both the environment and ratepayers throughout California and the western United States.  

Investing in American Workers

Apprenticeship programs have been an integral part of America’s workforce development, allowing workers to increase their skills while also earning a paycheck. I am the proud lead of the bipartisan Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act that would help train workers to repair and fix our aging infrastructure. My bill would create a tax credit for companies who hire individuals enrolled in Federal or State apprenticeship programs. The bill also allows veterans to apply previous training and experience to the required training and education hours so that skills can more quickly and effectively be put to use. 

Highlights from the District

Earlier this month, I met with representatives from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association and toured the air traffic control facility at the Long Beach Airport. I appreciated learning more about the excellent work that air traffic control specialists provide as well as discussing the importance of a long-term Federal Aviation Administration re-authorization.

 

I also participated in the Los Angeles County Business Federal (BizFed)'s Leadership Roundtable Series. This was a great opportunity to connect with business leaders in our community and discuss how federal policy changes affect our region. I spoke about the impact of the GOP tax law, the president's failure to protect American workers, as well as the need for a robust infrastructure legislation that helps improves traffic in the LA area.

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Thank you to everyone who came out to the Understanding Medicare event that I held with the Center for Health Care Rights. It was a great opportunity those in our community about the different Medicare and Medi-Cal enrollment options, steps to enroll in different plans, as well as changes in health care that affect those enrolled in Medicare.
I always appreciate the opportunity to meet with constituents face to face, and I also appreciate neighbors taking time out of their busy day to discuss how policies at the federal level are impacting our community. 

 

 

 

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As I continue fighting for a permanent fix to DACA as well as comprehensive immigration reform in Washington, I also recognize the importance of meeting groups and organizations involved at the grassroots level. Recently, I met with the Southern California Chapter of World Relief in my District Office. World Relief informed me of the great work they are doing to assist immigrant communities and provide legal services, while I provided them with an update from the federal level.

Upcoming Community Office Hours

Pico Rivera Community Office Hours
Pico Rivera Senior Center
9200 Mines Ave.
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Whittier Community Office Hours
Whittier Public Library
7344 Washington Ave.
Whittier, CA 90602
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Montebello Community Office Hours
Potrero Heights Senior Center
8051 Arroyo Dr.
Montebello, CA 90640
Thursday, May 3, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 Lakewood Community Office Hours
Weingart Senior Center
5220 Olivia Ave.
Lakewood, CA 90712
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM










Always Here to Help
I am always available to help you with any federal matter. Please contact me if you need help with a federal issue, such as Medicare or federal agencies including the Social Security Administration or the Department of Veterans Affairs, would like to order a flag, are requesting tours and tickets for a visit to Washington, DC, or are considering applying to a military academy.

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