Federal Legislative Action Day: The SVO Goes to D.C.

On May 1-2, the public policy team headed to D.C. to advocate on to priorities: Cal-train Electrification and the BRIDGE Act.

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Efforts such as our Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP), which will put American workers and American companies to work across the nation require Federal support.  We heard the President loud and clear when he requested a list of 'shovel-ready' infrastructure projects and we stood prepared to break ground on the PCEP project, barring 647 million in federal grant funding.

The 47-mile corridor stretching along the Peninsula from San Francisco to San Jose, which is home to companies like Google, Facebook, Tesla, and Adobe is indispensable to the regional economy and a healthy workforce. The PCEP project would convert old worn down diesel rail cars to electric, bringing the railway corridor into the 21st century and employing 9,600 workers right here in the United States, so we were proud to target members of Congress and encourage their support.

BRIDGE ACT

The BRIDGE Act is a bi-partisan effort extending the temporary protection from deportation and work authorization for nearly 750,000 young men and women under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

While the BRIDGE Act does not provide a pathway to citizenship it does allow immigrants to continue contributing to the American economy. This temporary three-year legislative fix would allow hard working immigrants to continue working, paying taxes, buying homes, taking out loans, and enrolling in our education systems. These factors translate into state revenue, increased consumer purchasing power, and a healthy robust workforce.

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