The Central Valley is a hub for rail, highway, and air transportation. Rail transportation carries agriculture products across the country as well as ports where it travels across the world. Our network of state, local, and federal highways connects both people and ideas from many different towns and cities. Our airports keep our businesses connected to their clients and allow families to visit each other.
California High Speed Rail (HSR) has demonstrated itself to be a waste of taxpayers’ hard-earned money. The proposed $98 billion-dollar business plan is financially irresponsible and reckless. I strongly opposed its construction from the beginning. As your Member of Congress, I will continue to fight wasteful government spending and oppose federal funding for the HSR project.
To repair our nation’s crumbling roads, bridges and rail lines, with my support, Congress passed H.R. 22, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act in 2015. The legislation was the largest transportation package in more than a decade. The five-year package was signed into law and put an end to the long-established pattern of short-term funding bills.
Through my position on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I am tasked with evaluating our nation’s spending priorities and investment in our transportation system and infrastructure to sustain middle-class jobs and continue to grow our economy into the next decade.
While many transportation projects are important, we must carefully examine how every taxpayer dollar is spent and ensure that each project is positively contributing to our local and state economy.