Press Releases

September 26, 2023

ICYMI: Huffman Secures $32M for SMART Extension of Passenger Rail to Healdsburg and Purchase of Low Emission Freight Locomotives

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (CA-02) along with the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART) announced the agency has been awarded a $32M grant in Federal Railroad Administration, Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement funds. Huffman helped secure these funds from the Department of Transportation (DOT) through the federal government’s annual spending legislation and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This is the largest amount ever …  Continue Reading

September 21, 2023

Huffman, Casten Call for Safeguards for Carbon Capture Technologies

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Congressmen Jared Huffman (CA-02) and Sean Casten (IL-06) sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging his administration to ensure strong safeguards are in place for the use of carbon capture utilization and sequestration and hydrogen technology. “While we have a range of views regarding carbon capture utilization and sequestration (CCUS) and hydrogen technology, we agree that infrastructure for these technologies should be deployed only with the highest …  Continue Reading

September 20, 2023

USDA Heeds Request from Rep. Huffman, Provides $5 Million in Second Round of Payments to Help Organic Dairy Producers Cover Increased Costs

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (CA-02) shared the news that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a second round of payments for dairy producers through the Organic Dairy Marketing Assistance Program (ODMAP), providing an additional $5 million to help dairy producers mitigate market volatility, higher input and transportation costs, and unstable feed supply and prices that have created unique hardships in the organic dairy industry. USDA’s Farm …  Continue Reading

September 18, 2023

Huffman Leads 66 Members of Congress in Demanding Solution to Clean Energy Rollout Delays

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (CA-02) led 66 of his colleagues in a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) demanding information and swift action to improve the slow and contradictory rollout of the Inflation Reduction Act’s rebate program for low- and middle-income households to make affordable, green, energy-efficient home upgrades. “As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), we write to urge the …  Continue Reading

September 14, 2023

Huffman, Merkley, King Introduce Legislation to Restore Critical Kelp Forests

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (CA-02) teamed up with Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Maine’s U.S. Senator Angus King to introduce the bicameral Help Our Kelp Act. Over the last 50 years, the changing climate, poor water quality, and overfishing have damaged between 40-60 percent of our kelp forests. Kelp forest ecosystems not only provide food and habitat for hundreds of fish and marine mammals, these ecosystems also support coastal communities by …  Continue Reading

September 13, 2023

Huffman, Padilla Call on DOJ to Dedicate Personnel to Bring Justice to Missing or Murdered Indigenous People in California

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (D-Calif.-02) and U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) led a bicameral letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland calling for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to place dedicated DOJ personnel in California as part of their Missing or Murdered Indigenous Women and People (MMIP) Regional Outreach Program. The DOJ recently established an MMIP Regional Outreach Program to place attorneys and coordinators in 10 states to aid in the …  Continue Reading

September 13, 2023

Huffman Bill to Support Trinity Economy, Recreation Passes House, Moves to Senate

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Jared Huffman’s (D-San Rafael) legislation H.R. 3324 passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation would extend the authority of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest to collect and retain marina fees to enhance recreation and improve access at the Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area. Click here to view Rep. Huffman’s remarks on House Floor. “It is clear how important these fees are to the continued operation of this regional treasure. And …  Continue Reading

September 12, 2023

Huffman and Garamendi Seek Public Feedback on Proposed San Pablo National Wildlife Refuge Expansion

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, U.S. Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA02), John Garamendi (D-CA08), and Mike Thompson (D-CA04) released a discussion draft of the "San Pablo National Wildlife Refuge Expansion Act" for public review and comment. This draft legislation would expand the National Wildlife Refuge to include adjacent baylands owned by the State of California and nonprofit Sonoma Land Trust. It would not affect private land ownership or local land use decisions in any way and expressly …  Continue Reading

September 11, 2023

Rep. Huffman Announces Over $20 Million to Restore Fish Passages, Increase Climate Resiliency

San Rafael, CA - Today, U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (CA-02) announced new grants for his district from the FY22 National Culvert Removal, Replacement, and Restoration Grant Program (Culvert AOP Program). Last Wednesday, Huffman visited the site of one of these projects to examine how the award will be utilized and the local impacts. "Undersized and poorly placed culverts are a major impediment to salmon and steelhead trying to reach important spawning grounds,” said Rep. Huffman. “This …  Continue Reading

August 24, 2023

Huffman, Moolenaar Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Seniors in Rural Communities

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA-02) and Congressman John Moolenaar (R-MI-02) introduced the Medicare Access to Rural Anesthesiology Act to ensure patients have reliable access to anesthesia. This bipartisan legislation would allow rural hospitals to use federal funding through Medicare to hire physician anesthesiologists. Under current law, hospitals are only allowed to use this funding to hire non-physician anesthetists, such as assistants, or nurse …  Continue Reading

August 16, 2023

Rep. Huffman Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act

San Rafael, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act, landmark legislation which continues to deliver for California families. Over the last twelve months, the investments in the Inflation Reduction Act have lowered costs for Californians while creating new jobs, combating climate change, and reducing the deficit—all without a penny in new taxes for people in America making under …  Continue Reading

August 04, 2023

Rep. Huffman Recognizes Foggy Bottom Boys with Sustainable North Coast Award

San Rafael, CA – This week, U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (CA-02) presented his Sustainable North Coast Award to Foggy Bottoms Boys partners Thomas and Cody Nicholson Stratton in recognition of their commitment to environmentally responsible business practices, support for the local food industry, and community service. “I was thrilled to present Cody and Thomas Nicholson Stratton with my Sustainable North Coast award. We must treat the planet and our environment with respect …  Continue Reading

August 03, 2023

Huffman, DelBene, Schiff, Feinstein Push Science-Based Care Standards for Captive Whales, Dolphins

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Jared Huffman (CA-02) Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Adam Schiff (CA-28), and Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA) led a group of 19 lawmakers in a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack calling on the federal government to update standards of care for captive marine mammals, such as whales and dolphins, to better reflect the best available science. These standards include tank size, water quality, hours of interaction with …  Continue Reading

August 01, 2023

Rep. Huffman, Sen. Padilla announce $2 million for Renovation of Historic Structure for Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (CA-02) and Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA) shared the news that NOAA will invest $2 million from the Inflation Reduction Act in NOAA’s Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries to support critical repairs and updates to a facility on the sanctuaries’ campus in San Francisco.  NOAA intends to renovate a historic former lifeboat station garage and convert it into an ocean learning center for …  Continue Reading

July 31, 2023

Reps. Huffman, Stansbury Led Bipartisan Letter to Postmaster DeJoy Defending Constituents Against Soaring PO Box Rates

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA-02) and Melanie Stansbury (D-NM-01) led their colleagues in a bipartisan letter to United States Postmaster Louis DeJoy and Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman Michael Kubayanda regarding recent changes that have affected PO Box pricing. Over the last six months, there has been increased outcry from constituents whose PO Box rates have skyrocketed without advanced notice. “We write to express serious concerns …  Continue Reading

July 27, 2023

Reps. Huffman and Hoyle Introduces Bill to Protect Southwestern Oregon Rivers from Mining Pollution

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Jared Huffman (CA-02) and Val Hoyle (OR-04) introduced the “Southwestern Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act” (SOWSPA), legislation to enact a mining withdrawal that would ensure certain federal lands are permanently “withdrawn” from eligibility for mining claims, protecting them from toxic mining pollution.  SOWSPA would permanently prevent new mining projects in the Hunter Creek, Pistol River, Rough and …  Continue Reading

July 21, 2023

Reps. Huffman, Grijalva, Porter, Susie Lee, Levin Commend Biden Administration’s Proposed Oil and Gas Rule, Highlight Democrats’ Efforts

Washington, D.C. – Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries Subcommittee Ranking Member Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.), Rep. Susie Lee (D-Nev.), and Mike Levin (D-Calif.) today issued the following statements on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) newly proposed rule for onshore oil and gas leasing on public lands. The proposed rule reflects long overdue reforms to the leasing program …  Continue Reading

July 19, 2023

GAO Responds to Lawmakers Request Letter for Study on Inequitable Justice System Facing Tribal Nations

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (CA-02), U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-CA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) shared the response they received from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting they examine the criminal justice outcomes in states that have jurisdiction over tribal lands as a result of Public Law 83-280 (PL-280). In the response letter, GAO committed to reviewing PL-280 and have assigned the task to the …  Continue Reading

July 10, 2023

Huffman, Van Hollen Reintroduce Bicameral Bill to Fully Fund Special Education

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (CA-02) and U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced the IDEA Full Funding Act. This legislation would finally ensure Congress fulfills its commitment to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In 1975, Congress passed IDEA to ensure that every child with a disability has access to educational opportunity. This law was a historic step forward, but since its passage Congress has failed to provide …  Continue Reading

June 27, 2023

Huffman, Padilla, Murkowski, Merkley Call for GAO to Study Inequitable Justice System Facing Tribal Nations in Different States

San Rafael, CA – This week, Representative Jared Huffman (CA-02), U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Vice Chair of the Committee on Indian Affairs, and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, sent a letter to the Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) requesting they examine tribal criminal justice outcomes in states that have civil and criminal jurisdiction over Tribal lands …  Continue Reading

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