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  • Lofgren, Hirono Introduce Bill to Create a Science Laureate of the United States
    Posted in Press Releases on August 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Growing a Strong Economy, Innovation and Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today introduced the Science Laureates of the United States Act of 2017, bicameral legislation to establish a Science Laureate for the United States. Similar to the Poet Laureate, the Science Laureate of the United States would promote a greater appreciation of a field important for all Americans—raising the public’s awareness about scientific feats and accomplishments, and inspiring others to pu... Read more

  • Lofgren announces federal funding for Mineta Airport infrastructure & safety improvements
    Posted in Press Releases on June 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Growing a Strong Economy, Homeland Security

    SAN JOSE, CA – Two new federal grants were awarded to the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport for infrastructure improvements and the purchase of new safety equipment, announced U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) today. The grants – totaling nearly $1.2 million – were awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. $805,900 will support plans to rehabilitate an emergency generator that provides back-up power for airfield lighting along one of the airport’s main runways. An addition... Read more

  • Lofgren on Caltrain Electrification Project Funding
    Posted in Press Releases on May 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Growing a Strong Economy, Immigration

    WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) applauded the Federal Transit Administration's announcement - in a reversal of their earlier decision to withhold funding - to execute the Full Funding Grant Agreement for the Caltrain Modernization Program Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project. "Today's announcement is very good news with huge benefits for millions of residents and businesses from San Jose to San Francisco. The Caltrain electrification project will create an estimated 9,6... Read more

  • USDA disaster assistance available for Santa Clara County farm operators
    Posted in Press Releases on April 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Growing a Strong Economy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) today announced farm operators in Santa Clara County are eligible to be considered for assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) following severe weather from March 3 – June 1, 2016. “After multiple disasters during the 2016 crop year, I’m glad to see the federal government respond to Governor Brown’s request for assistance on behalf of farm operators who have experienced losses,” said Lofgren. Assistance available includes FSA emergency ... Read more

  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Federal Buildings Are One Step Closer to Reality
    Posted in Blog on May 11, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Growing a Strong Economy, Innovation and Technology

    Exciting new developments are underway which will soon allow federal agencies to construct power charging stations for employees with electric vehicles at no cost to the taxpayer. I recently received an update from the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) assuring me that encouraging progress is being made in implementing my recently passed legislation – the EV-COMUTE Act – and that concrete steps are being taken towards fostering more environmentally conscious transportation optio... Read more

  • Lofgren & Honda File Comment on DHS High-Skilled Employment Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on February 11, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Growing a Strong Economy, Innovation and Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) and Mike Honda (D-Silicon Valley) today submitted a regulatory comment on the notice of proposed rulemaking affecting high-skilled nonimmigrant workers, a centerpiece of the President’s executive actions on employment-based immigration. “Employment-based immigration programs, like so much of our immigration system, are broken. They are plagued by fundamental problems that only Congress can fix. Arbitrary, outdated visa quotas have trapped th... Read more

  • Lofgren Statement on Omnibus Appropriations Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on December 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Growing a Strong Economy, Innovation and Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement today after voting against the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Act: “I was unable to vote for the Omnibus spending bill today because it included an extraneous provision purported to facilitate cybersecurity information sharing that – in effect – will function as a surveillance tool. “Congress has debated cybersecurity for the past year. I voted for a bill passed by the House that addressed cybersecurity w... Read more

  • Lofgren and Franks Introduce Bipartisan Wireless Tax Fairness Act
    Posted in Press Releases on December 17, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Growing a Strong Economy, Innovation and Technology

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) introduced the Wireless Tax Fairness Act, a bipartisan, consumer-friendly bill to place a 5-year moratorium on new taxes and fees for wireless services. On average, wireless customers pay nearly 18% in taxes and fees, largely imposed on state and municipal levels. These wireless taxes effect a growing number of consumers and fall disproportionately on younger, lower-income, and working Americans who tend to rely... Read more

  • Lofgren and Matsui Introduce Legislation to Increase Investment in Clean Energy Technologies
    Posted in Press Releases on December 2, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Growing a Strong Economy, Innovation and Technology, Energy and Environment

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – As high-stake negotiations to reach a new global climate accord unfold in Paris, U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D- Calif.) and Doris Matsui (D- Calif.) introduced legislation today to spur American investment in clean energy projects, create jobs, support the rapidly growing field of clean energy technologies needed to combat climate change, and help the U.S. achieve energy security. Modeled after the enormously successful victory bonds of World War II, the Clean Energy Victory Bonds... Read more

  • Lofgren & Honda issue statement on updated visa bulletin
    Posted in Press Releases on September 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Growing a Strong Economy, Immigration

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) and Mike Honda (D-Silicon Valley) issued the following statement today in response to an updated version of the October Visa Bulletin issued by the State Department on September 25th. The updated bulletin dramatically scaled back the number of immigrants eligible to apply for green cards and adjust to lawful permanent resident status: “We are deeply disappointed and concerned by last Friday’s revision to the October Visa Bulletin. This actio... Read more