January 21, 2010
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Chair of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation, released the following statement after a bipartisan meeting with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
I’d like to thank the Governor and the bipartisan delegation from the State Senate and State Assembly for coming to Washington to personally meet with the California Congressional Delegation. I believe we had an open and productive meeting based on our mutual desire to help the people of California, especially during these difficult times. And as a result, all have pledged their support to ongoing efforts to continue to bring federal dollars to California. The California Democratic Congressional Delegation has worked hard to ensure that California receives the support it needs from the federal government. During these difficult economic times, California has already been awarded $33.5 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Just over half of Recovery Act funds have been awarded so far, with significant funding still to be awarded. Estimates indicate that the Recovery act has created or saved 110,000 jobs in California alone. California is also slated to receive over $6.4 billion from the Jobs for Main Street Act and we look forward to working with the participants in the meeting today to pass the Jobs package through the Senate. While much has been done at the federal level to help our state, we will continue to find responsible ways to bring federal funding to California and ensure that everyone in California is able to weather this economic storm.
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren is serving her eighth term in Congress representing most of the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County. She is the Chair of the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. She also serves as Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law. She Chairs the House Administration Subcommittee on Elections and serves on the House Homeland Security Committee. Congresswoman Lofgren is Chair of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation consisting of 34 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives from California.