Padilla, Feinstein Introduce Bill to Invest $1 Billion in Innovative Water Infrastructure Projects to Improve Resiliency Against Drought

As Congress considers major infrastructure investments, the Water Reuse and Resiliency Act would increase funding for EPA’s Alternative Water Source Projects Pilot Program WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.) introduced legislation to boost funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Pilot Program for Alternative Water Source Projects grants program. As California continues to face

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Padilla, Feinstein Introduce Package of Bills to Help Communities Impacted by Wildfire Smoke

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) in introducing two key bills to help communities, businesses, and agricultural operators combat and recover from the effects of wildfire smoke. The Wildfire Smoke Emergency Declaration Act and the Smoke Planning and Research Act will ensure California has the federal resources it needs to

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Padilla, Feinstein, Huffman, Chu, Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Ease Tax Burden on Homeowners Making Water-Efficient Choices

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Representatives Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) and Judy Chu (D-Pasadena) introduced legislation to amend Federal tax law so that homeowners would not need to pay income tax when they receive rebates from water utilities for water conservation and water runoff management improvements that they have made.   As of July, fifty counties

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Padilla, Feinstein Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Homeowners Prepare for Natural Disasters

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), along with Representative Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Disaster Mitigation and Tax Parity Act, a bill that would make rebates that homeowners receive formaking natural disaster mitigation improvements to their homes exempt from federal taxes. California and North Carolina are among the states that provide rebates to

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Padilla Delivers Floor Speech Honoring Representative John Lewis, Demands Action on Voting Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) delivered a speech on the floor of the United States Senate honoring the life and legacy of Representative John Lewis, while demanding the Senate take action on critical voting rights legislation – including passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. This week, Padilla participated in a Rules Committee field hearing in Georgia on the urgent need to pass

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Padilla: It’s Fundamentally Wrong for U.S. to Deem Farmworkers as Essential and Deny Them Legal Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship and Border Safety, co-chaired a Judiciary hearing entitled “Immigrant Farmworkers are Essential to Feeding America.” The hearing focused on the urgent need to legalize undocumented farmworkers whose arduous and dangerous work keeps Americans fed. It is estimated that half of the agricultural workforce is made up of undocumented farmworkers.  Witnesses included Thomas Vilsack,

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