State lawmakers in D.C. for meetings on bullet train, other issues
With the state Legislature on summer recess, a bipartisan delegation of 10 Assembly members is in Washington, D.C., this week meeting with federal officials on issues including healthcare reform, veterans’ disability benefits and immigration.
Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) is leading the trip to meet with Obama administration officials including Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and congressional leaders including Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer from California.
In meetings scheduled through Thursday, the state lawmakers are also interested in talking to their federal counterparts about transportation funding, the farm bill and the closure of military bases, according to Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo), who is part of the delegation.
In recently approving funding for the first phase of a high-speed rail system, some legislators said they want assurances that there will be additional federal matching dollars for the project.
``That will definitely be a topic of discussion,'' said John Vigna, a spokesman for Perez.
Other Assembly members scheduled for the trip include Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo), Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), Paul Cook (R-Yucaipa), Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward), Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) and Henry Perea (D-Fresno).
-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento
Photo: Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), left, is leading a delegation to Washington this week. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press