Costa Defends Infrastructure and Housing Investments


Date: June 10, 2015
Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Jim Costa released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2577, the FY 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill. This bill, which the Administration has threatened to veto, cuts critical investments in infrastructure and housing assistance.

"Instead of investing in our future, the bill dramatically cuts key transportation and housing initiatives that are intended to rebuild a stronger, safer America and strengthen local Valley communities. By drastically reducing investments in job-creating fields critical to hard-working American families, such as rebuilding roads, bridges, and our rail systems, this legislation hampers successful economic growth in the San Joaquin Valley. We can no longer survive on the investments made by our past generations.

"This bill also undermines access to safe and affordable housing at a time when Fresno, and its surrounding areas, are making great strides in reducing homelessness and housing our Veterans, elderly and vulnerable families.

"Additionally, H.R. 2577 attempts to single-handedly derail the California High Speed Rail by requiring a Record of Decision on the entire project before construction on any segment can begin. This tactic is not only impractical and ineffective, but will cost the State of California millions in lost revenue and employment opportunities."