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This Week in Congress

Mar 8, 2019
Press Release


I held a Valley Fever Roundtable with Members of Congress, leading researchers, patient advocates, doctors, and scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

It was an excellent opportunity to bring together the brightest minds from around the country for an update on efforts to combat Valley Fever. This meeting also served as a chance to address the progress that has occurred and must continue in order to fight this disease. Together we can continue building upon our successes while working to find new ways to stop this disease

This week I also introduced the Repurposing Assets to Increase Long-term Water Availability and Yield (RAILWAY) Act, a bill that would repurpose recovered Federal funding from the California High-Speed Rail project to critical water infrastructure projects in California and the West.

The RAILWAY Act would end the Federal government’s involvement in this failed endeavor by repurposing up to $3.5 billion in recovered Federal funding for the California High-Speed Speed Rail project to water storage infrastructure projects as outlined in the bipartisan WIIN Act.

California has experienced over five years of drought, and people across the state have felt the consequences with entire communities on the brink of disaster due to lack of water. The RAILWAY Act would address this crisis head-on by providing significant funding for what California really needs – infrastructure projects that help our state capture and store water during wet years for use in dry ones.