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  • U.S. Transportation department executive approved grant days before taking job with rail contractor
    Posted in In the News on February 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Waste, Transportation

    A top Obama Administration executive at the U.S. Department of Transportation approved a $647-million grant for a California rail project in mid-January and less than two weeks later later went to work for a Los Angeles-based contractor involved in the project, the Times has learned. The grant provides a significant part of the money required to install a $2-billion electrical power system on the Bay Area’s Caltrain commuter rail system, allowing the commuter rail to retire its diesel locomotive... Read more

  • Caltrain electrification project suddenly hits the brakes
    Posted in In the News on February 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    A $2 billion project to electrify Caltrain — which shuttles 65,000 Bay Area commuters daily — could come to a screeching halt just before construction begins as California’s Republicans in Congress wage a fight over a more controversial project: the state’s effort to link the Bay Area to Los Angeles by high-speed rail. ... Republican Congressman Jeff Denham, R-Modesto, says the projects are closely intertwined. The Bay Area project, he argues, is also counting on $700 million in state funds from... Read more

  • California GOP asks Trump to halt high-speed rail grants
    Posted in In the News on February 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    California Republicans in Congress are asking the Trump administration to block new grant money for a high-speed railway linking the state’s two metropolitan hubs, after federal officials concluded last month that the rail line is likely to cost taxpayers far more than initially projected. In a letter to new Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, California’s 14 Republican members of Congress asked that the administration block $650 million in federal grants the state wants to use to electrify a ... Read more

  • California Republicans ask Trump administration to block bullet train funding?
    Posted in In the News on February 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    California’s House Republicans have asked the Trump administration to block a pending federal grant that will ultimately support the state’s high speed rail project until an audit of the project’s finances is completed. The letter, signed by all 14 members of the state’s GOP delegation, including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, was sent to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. It cites cost increases, reductions in the project’s scope and its failure to attract private financing. ... Rep. ... Read more

  • Rep. Denham is right — time to build infrastructure
    Posted in In the News on February 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    We sit on opposite sides of the aisle but I agree with most of California Rep. Jeff Denham’s op-ed: “Time to focus on infrastructure, transportation.” ... I agree with Rep. Denham — let’s get to work on this airport and our other infrastructure needs. Read more here Read more

  • Can I call you on Monday?
    Posted in Newsletters on February 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Energy, Health, Immigration, Transportation, Water

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  • Denham returns to serve on congressional committees
    Posted in In the News on February 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Energy, Transportation, Water

    U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) recently announced that he will continue his role as Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials subcommittee chairman on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for the 115th Congress. He will also retain his seats with the Agriculture and Natural Resources committees. “I’m honored and excited to continue my work as chairman of the Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials subcommittee, especially as we begin working with a new ad... Read more

  • Time to focus on infrastructure, transportation
    Posted in In the News on January 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Transportation

    The first 100 days of a presidency set the tone for what an incoming administration will prioritize during its time in office, and the president’s initial policy agenda will lay the groundwork for what will become the next four — and potentially eight — years of legislating on Capitol Hill. Understandably the Trump administration will focus on many of its campaign promises, and Congress must be ready to assist with thoughtful solutions to the problems ailing our country. We should insist that pa... Read more

  • Denham to serve as Rail chairman for 115th Congress
    Posted in In the News on January 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Energy, Transportation, Water

    Heading into the 115th Congress under newly-elected President Donald Trump, Congressman Jeff Denham is eager to continue his roles in various House Committees. ... “I’m honored and excited to continue my work as chairman of the Railroads, Pipelines & Hazardous Materials subcommittee, especially as we begin working with a new administration on outlining infrastructure priorities,” said Denham. “I also look forward to ensuring that the Valley’s agriculture and water priorities are represented and ... Read more

  • Take my ACA survey
    Posted in Newsletters on January 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Health, Transportation, Water

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