Bill Would Create Federal Authority to Coordinate Multiple Recovery Projects
May 6, 2008
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) introduced the Gulf Coast Civic Works Act of 2009, which will help ensure that real progress is made toward rebuilding and sustaining the Gulf Coast region. This bill establishes the Gulf Coast Civic Works Commission within the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Federal Coordinator of Gulf Coast Rebuilding to coordinate multiple recovery projects, rebuild key infrastructure, and revitalize the region’s workforce. The legislation, which is co-sponsored by Gulf Coast Representatives Joseph Cao (R-LA), Charlie Melancon (D-LA), and Gene Taylor (D-MS), ensures that local community input is integrated into the decision making process and that local companies are given access to contracts.
“This legislation establishes a framework to protect the interests of local workers, businesses, and communities while moving the rebuilding efforts forward,” noted Rep. Zoe Lofgren. “The federal government has consistently failed to address the needs of the Gulf Coast, this bill will help ensure that critical infrastructure is finally rebuilt. During these difficult economic times, the creation of the Gulf Coast Civic Works Commission would put thousands back to work building the infrastructure America needs.”