Press Releases

February 20, 2024

Huffman, García, Allred, Barragán Share Education Department’s Temporary FAFSA Guidance, Call for Permanent Solutions

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Jared Huffman (CA-02), Jesús “Chuy'' García (IL-04), Colin Allred (TX-32), and Nanette Barragán (CA-44) shared the news that the Department of Education (ED) is rolling out new guidelines to provide a temporary process for students to meet critical deadlines for non-federal financial aid while the ED addresses the issue preventing contributors without a Social Security number (SSN) from starting or accessing the 2024-25 Free Application for …  Continue Reading


February 16, 2024

Huffman, Gallagher, Grijalva, Krishnamoorthi Led Bipartisan Effort to Support U.S. Sanctions Against Chinese Entities Engaging in Illegal Fishing and Forced Labor

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries Ranking Member Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA-02), and House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the U.S. and the Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mike Gallagher (R-WI-08) and Ranking Member Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-08), and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raul Grijalva (D-AZ-07) led a bipartisan letter in support of a Global Magnitsky Sanctions Recommendation …  Continue Reading


February 15, 2024

Huffman, Raskin, Pocan Decry Speaker Johnson’s Bigoted, Christian Nationalist Guest Chaplain

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressional Freethought Caucus Co-Chairs Jared Huffman (CA-02) and Jamie Raskin (MD-08) and U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) led 23 other members in a letter to Speaker Mike Johnson and House Chaplain Reverend Dr. Margaret Grun Kibben denouncing Speaker Johnson’s sponsorship of Pastor Jack Hibbs as the Guest Chaplain. In the letter, the members outlined concerns with Hibbs’ egregious record, including his notoriety as a Christian Nationalist, involvement in …  Continue Reading


February 14, 2024

Huffman Celebrates Landmark Agreement with Klamath Basin Tribes, Project Irrigators to Collaborate on Ecosystem Restoration and Water Reliability in Klamath Basin

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) shared the news that the Department of the Interior has announced a historic agreement with the Klamath Tribes, Yurok Tribe, Karuk Tribe, and Klamath Water Users Association to advance collaborative efforts to restore the Klamath Basin ecosystem and improve water supply reliability for Upper Klamath Basin farmers. The Department also announced more than $72 million in new investments - including funding from President …  Continue Reading


February 09, 2024

Congressmen Huffman, Cohen, and Nadler Call for Ending the Use of Body-Gripping Animal Traps

WASHINGTON - Congressmen Jared Huffman (CA-2), Steve Cohen (TN-9), and Jerry Nadler (NY-12) were joined by eleven other Members of Congress on a letter they sent today to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland requesting that the Department of the Interior (DOI) prohibit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service’s Wildlife Services Program from using body-gripping traps on all DOI lands. The lawmakers commended Haaland on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) …  Continue Reading


February 09, 2024

Huffman Statement on Biden National Security Memorandum

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (CA-02) issued the following statement following the news that President Joe Biden issued a national security memorandum that places new restrictions on the use of U.S. military aid: “I have stood firmly with President Joe Biden on two important fronts:  supporting Israel’s right to defend itself in response to the horrifying Hamas terrorist attacks on October 7, 2023; while also calling on Israel to show restraint in its military …  Continue Reading


February 07, 2024

Congressman Huffman Reintroduces Legislation to Reduce Carbon Pollution from National Highway System

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-02) reintroduced the Generating Resilient, Environmentally Exceptional National (GREEN) Streets Act. This legislation would establish national goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the national highway system and help states adapt their transportation systems to the adverse effects of climate change. “Tackling climate change is going to mean re-envisioning the current model of highways and long commutes to a model of safer, …  Continue Reading


February 06, 2024

Congressman Huffman Statement on H.R. 7217 Supplemental Vote

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (CA-02) released the following statement on his vote against H.R. 7217, the Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024. “In November, House Republicans cynically conditioned supplemental aid to Israel on offsetting cuts to the IRS as part of their endless attempts to protect billionaires and corporations from paying taxes.  Now they are at it again, using an incomplete standalone Israel funding bill as a partisan cudgel to …  Continue Reading


February 01, 2024

Huffman, Padilla, Panetta Secure Relief for Communities Impacted by Salmon Season Closure, Call for More

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), and Representative Jimmy Panetta (D- Monterey) shared the news that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) approved $20 million in relief funds for California’s fishing community, falling significantly short of the $45 million requested by the state. This follows continued pressure from the lawmakers to secure this relief for the 2023 Sacramento River Fall Chinook and …  Continue Reading


January 30, 2024

HUFFMAN, SCHIFF, WYDEN, AND DELBENE INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO END FUTURE CAPTURE AND BREEDING OF WHALES FOR PUBLIC DISPLAY

Washington, D.C.— Today, Representatives Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) along with Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), reintroduced the Strengthening Welfare in Marine Settings Act (SWIMS), legislation that would end the future capture and breeding of whales for public display.Studies have shown that certain cetaceans - specifically, orcas, beluga whales, pilot whales, and false killer whales - are cognitively, emotionally, and socially complex animals …  Continue Reading


January 25, 2024

Huffman Lauds Biden Admin’s Anticipated Decision to Pause Approvals of LNG Exports

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (CA-02) released the following statement on the Biden administration’s anticipated announcement to pause approvals of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) exports and overhaul its public interest determination criteria and process. “Thanks to President Biden and Democrats, we’ve made historic progress in transitioning to clean energy and getting off our planet killing addiction to fossil fuels. But we can’t talk out of both sides of our …  Continue Reading


January 24, 2024

Huffman Delivers Over $426 Million Federal Investment for Humboldt Bay Offshore Wind Farms

Humboldt, CA - This week, Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) and Senators Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler (both D-Calif.) announced that the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District will receive $426.7 million for the construction and maintenance of offshore wind infrastructure. The grant for the Humboldt Bay Offshore Wind MVP (Minimum Viable Port) project comes through the Department of Transportation’s Nationally Significant Multimodal Freight & Highway …  Continue Reading


January 09, 2024

Huffman Sounds Alarm on U.S. Government Purchasing Seafood Tied to Illegal Fishing and Forced Labor

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (CA-02) led his colleagues in a bipartisan letter to the Biden administration to sound the alarm on recently-discovered ties between Sysco - a main food provider for the U.S. government - and illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and human rights abuses occurring in China. The letter requests that the administration demand that Sysco Corporation immediately sever ties with a key perpetrator in their supply chain, the …  Continue Reading


January 08, 2024

Huffman Leads Colleagues in Amicus Brief to Support Willow Project Appeal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (CA-02) led his colleagues in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of several conservation groups in their lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to approve the ConocoPhillips Willow Project in Alaska and calling on the court to reverse a lower court’s judgment allowing the Willow Project to proceed. As the lawmakers wrote in the amicus brief, “Due to national security and …  Continue Reading


January 04, 2024

Huffman and Westerman Introduce Bipartisan Lakes Act to Expand Opportunities for Outdoor Recreation Facilities

WASHINGTON - Reps. Bruce Westerman (R-AR-04), Jared Huffman (D-CA-02), and Steve Womack (R-AR-03), introduced H.R. 6906, the Lake Access Keeping Economies Strong (LAKES) Act to expand opportunities to improve and develop outdoor recreation facilities at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) managed areas.“Outdoor recreation is among one of the top economic drivers in the U.S., especially in states like Arkansas. Because of discrepancies in current federal law, managers of some of our favorite …  Continue Reading


December 19, 2023

Huffman Delivers $2 Million Grant for Sonoma Water to Study Potential Fish-Friendly Diversion to Russian River

San Rafael, CA - The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation today announced a $2 million grant to Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) meant to study a diversion from the Eel River to the Russian River that will have the least possible impact on salmon and steelhead.  The crucial funding for this study comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which Rep. Huffman helped author. Rep. Huffman personally advocated for this grant, which is a part of the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART program to …  Continue Reading


December 18, 2023

SMART corridor designated part of FRA Corridor Identification and Development Program

Petaluma, CA—The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART) announced today that its east-west rail corridor, connecting the City of Novato to Suisun City, has been designated for inclusion under the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Corridor Identification and Development (Corridor ID) program. This achievement signifies a significant step forward for intercity passenger rail development in the region, with Caltrans set to receive and administer $500,000 in initial Corridor ID funds …  Continue Reading


December 13, 2023

Huffman, Thompson Introduce Bill to Rename Trail in Honor of Late Senator Feinstein

Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-04) and Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-02) introduced the Senator Dianne Feinstein Memorial Trail Act to designate a trail in the Headwaters Forest Reserve in honor of the late Senator Dianne Feinstein. “Dianne Feinstein leaves a profound and enduring legacy - from gun violence prevention to reproductive and human rights, to protecting treasured lands,” said Huffman. “The breadth of her contributions to our state is unmatched, and among them is Northern California’s …  Continue Reading


December 06, 2023

Reps. Huffman and García Statement on Opposition to the PIPES Act

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Reps. Jared Huffman (CA-02) and Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), members of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, released the following statement in opposition to the Committee-passed PIPES Act of 2023, a four-year reauthorization bill that regulates our nation’s pipelines and hazardous material transportation: “The Committee-passed PIPES Act fails to meet the multiple imperatives we are up against as we look to reauthorize PHMSA. It prioritizes industry …  Continue Reading


December 05, 2023

Reps. Huffman, Hoyle Introduce Bill to Expand Smith River National Recreation Area into Southwest Oregon

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Jared Huffman (CA-02) and Val Hoyle (OR-04) introduced the Smith River National Recreation Area (NRA) Expansion Act to protect Southwest Oregon’s scenic North Fork Smith River watershed and its world-class rivers, salmon strongholds, rare plants, clean drinking water, and recreation opportunities. The House bill is a companion to Senator Jeff Merkley’s legislation. “The Smith River is a treasured part of the natural landscape in my district, and …  Continue Reading

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