Over $26 Million in Funding Wins for the North Coast: A Message from Rep. Huffman
As I look back on the progress we’ve achieved under President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress, I’m pleased to share that the historic laws we passed are continuing to deliver real results right at home. One of the latest wins for the Bay Area is nearly $22 million in federal grants, thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), to help upgrade and revitalize the ferry system. This will improve safety and reliability for the countless commuters and visitors who rely on this vital public transportation. Along with my Bay Area colleagues, I wrote letters of support advocating for this critical funding to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, and I look forward to seeing our ferry fleet become safer, greener, and more accessible.
On top of that, the Smith River Alliance was just awarded over $4.4 million in funding from the BIL that will have multiple benefits for our coastal communities and ecosystems. This money is going towards updating infrastructure in Del Norte County that will improve road safety and resiliency to extreme weather, while at the same time helping to rebuild sustainable salmon populations. These are just two of the latest examples of funding wins for our district; you can learn more about the many transformative projects underway at my dedicated webpage and interactive map.
Other Priorities I’m Working On:
Rep. Huffman speaks during a Committee on Natural Resources hearing.
- Protecting the Arctic Refuge: I recently joined a Committee on Natural Resources hearing where we discussed House Republicans’ latest attempt to overturn critical protections for the Arctic Refuge and expand oil and gas development. Simply put, this bill would spell disaster for the climate. By granting access to drill in one of the world’s most ecologically sensitive regions, it would seriously threaten the indigenous communities and wildlife that depend on these pristine, iconic lands. I have long championed legislation to permanently protect the Arctic Refuge from fossil fuel development, and I’ll continue to be an outspoken advocate.
- Improving Safety on Public Lands: I’m pleased to report that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has banned the use of cyanide bombs on public lands. Cyanide bombs are dangerous predator control devices that have proven to be deadly for pets, humans, and wildlife. I’ve been leading efforts to ban these cruel devices, including legislation, and I’m relieved to see the Biden administration take this necessary step to improve safety for all who enjoy our beautiful public lands.
- Tackling the Climate Crisis: Along with Senator Jeff Merkley, I recently re-introduced the Sustainable International Financial Institutions Act, which would end American taxpayer funding for dirty fossil infrastructure projects abroad. To tackle the climate crisis, we must divest from Big Oil as well as redirect those investments to sustainable, renewable energy developments across the globe. The need for meaningful, bold climate action cannot be overstated, especially against the backdrop of a petro-state hosting this year's UN Climate Conference, or COP28. It’s past time we stop catering to the fossil fuel industry and instead deliver real climate solutions.
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Thank you, and stay well,
Member of Congress
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