Rep. Chu and other Los Angeles County Members of Congress at the Gold Line groundbreaking.
Transportation is one of my top priorities in the San Gabriel Valley. We need a transportation system that will ease our impact on the environment and create jobs. That’s why I am fighting to quickly expand our transit options and turn our region into a model for the 21st century.
Residents of the San Gabriel Valley commute many miles to work and often sit for hours in traffic. Our region deserves the same transportation options as the rest of the county: a functioning light rail system, a robust bus network, and freeways with smooth interchanges and carpool lanes.
I’m proud of the progress made to build out the light rail system in our region. The first extension of the Foothill Gold Line to the Azusa/Glendora border saw such high ridership that LA Metro had to add additional trains to the schedule. I am committed to seeing the Gold Line Extension completed all the way to Claremont, and hopefully one day, to Ontario Airport. I will continue to work with local and regional transit partners to support the construction of the second phase of the Gold Line extension.
Additionally, I strongly support the Alameda Corridor East (ACE) Project. Forty percent of our nation’s shipping containers come through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and sixty percent of those goods travel through the San Gabriel Valley, and then go out all across the country. To move those goods faster and safer, we need to separate the trains from the car traffic through grade separations, which redirect the traffic to go below or above the railroad crossing. This is exactly what ACE is doing. Tremendous progress has been made, most recently with the opening of the San Gabriel Trench, near the San Gabriel Mission. I’m so proud that 52 percent of ACE project funding comes from the federal government and I will work to bring more federal funding to our region for these types of projects.
Finally, I believe that we need to invest in America’s infrastructure with public funds and a long-term commitment. Our bridges, roads, railways and tunnels need repair and upkeep, and I believe that Congress should commit to building an infrastructure system for the 21st Century. And I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to support robust funding to build today the infrastructure we need for tomorrow.
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Washington, DC — Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, an omnibus spending bill to fund the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018. This Omnibus appropriates $1.21 trillion in base discretionary budget authority and $78 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding. The Defense Appropriations bill sees a 14% increase over Fiscal Year 2017, while the remaining eleven appropriations bills see an aggregate 12% increase.
Washington, D.C. – April 29, 2017 marks the 100th day of President Trump’s presidency, a marker used for every President since Franklin Roosevelt. Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement regarding the impact of President Trump’s first one hundred days:
Washington, D.C. – On April 9, David Dao, an Asian-American doctor, was forcibly dragged off of a United Airlines flight due to overbooking, sustaining serious injury. In response to the shocking incident, and the community outrage that followed, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) has introduced the Saving All Flyers from Ejection and Securing Everyone’s Access to Travel (SAFE SEAT) Act.
Accomplishments During the 114th Congress (2014-2016)
Bringing more federal resources to the San Gabriel Valley is one of my top priorities. This is why I partner with federal agencies to ensure that we have access to federal programs and funding that could benefit our region. I am proud to have worked with these agencies and the President’s Administration on the following initiatives.
“Flying while Muslim is not a crime and our airlines industry should not act as though it is,” Chu said in a separate statement. “I look forward to hearing back and working with Airlines for America to understand what procedures are in place to evaluate current threats and to ensure that no passenger is the unfair target of racial or religious profiling.”