Weekly Update from Rep. Huffman

June 24, 2020

Hello, 

Today, I’m on my way to Washington, D.C. for several days of historic votes. We will be considering some of the most important bills we’ll see this session, including the Justice in Policing Act and the Moving Forward Act – a landmark infrastructure bill which includes many of my own bills to secure priorities for northwest California. 

My team and I have been hard at work, and I’d like to briefly share with you some of what I’ve been doing as your representative in Congress. 

Investing in Western Water Infrastructure and Drought Resiliency 

 

This week’s unveiling of the Moving Forward Act included a significant win for water policy. My bill, the FUTURE Western Water Infrastructure and Drought Resiliency Act, is included in this massive infrastructure proposal. As our country has lurched from one crisis to the next, one thing that has become abundantly clear is the urgent need to build resilient systems that work for everyone. After years of work and impressive public input all springI am introducing a bill to develop more resilient water infrastructure, expand the use of modern water management tools and technologies, and assist disadvantaged areas in meeting their drinking water needsClick here for more 

The 21st Century Conservation Corps for Our Health and Our Jobs Act 

In places like northwest California, focusing on public health and safety means also preparing communities for wildfire, keeping forests healthy, and investing in the public lands that support rural economies. Last week, I introduced the 21st Century Conservation Corps for Our Health and Our Jobs Act with Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse to scale up investments in our forests, support the outdoor recreation economy, and bring restoration jobs to rural communities. 

Marathon Virtual Committee Markup on Infrastructure Investments 

Last week, I joined my House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for a marathon markup of the INVEST in America Act. This historic committee debate was a big step forward in tackling climate change and reducing transportation emissions, improving safety and reducing gridlock, while also ensuring that outdated and even dangerous bridges and roads receive the resources needed to bring them back to a state of good repair. The bill passed out of committee, and will be voted on by the full House in the coming days as a part of the Moving Forward Act.  

Advocating for Rural Telecommunications Access  

On Thursday, I had the chance to advocate for my Public Lands Telecommunications Act in the Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands hearing. With increased authorities, incentives, and resources, our land management agencies can help address the digital divide in rural and Tribal communities. My bill will break down silos and provide solutions to make sure rural communities don’t get left behind.