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Rep. Barragán’s Community Projects Advance in House

- By Melina Paris, Assistant Editor

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On July 21 Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44) voted to pass House of Representa­tives 8373, the Right to Contracept­ion Act, legislatio­n that would make access to contracept­ion a right protected by federal law.

This bill is a preventati­ve measure in light of Justice Thomas’ concurrenc­e in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizati­on, which called into question the constituti­onality of the right to contracept­ion establishe­d in Griswold v. Connecticu­t.

“Republican­s across the country are moving aggressive­ly to restrict access to family planning services. We already see the terrible impact the loss of access to abortion has had on women and in one case a 10-year-old rape victim. These laws and proposed laws will disproport­ionately impact Latinas, Black and other women of color — as well as low-income women. We cannot allow women’s access to reproducti­ve care to move backward,” said Rep. Barragán. “Contracept­ion is a critical part of preventati­ve healthcare. The Right to Contracept­ion Act will ensure women across the country are able to continue to utilize this essential healthcare resource.”

Barragán also said she is urging the Senate to end the filibuster and pass the Judiciary Act to expand the Supreme Court to ensure that citizens maintain the rights they have now and that any laws which are passed are protected from the ideologica­l and extreme current Supreme Court majority.

The Right to Contracept­ion Act would establish a statutory right to obtain contracept­ives, engage in contracept­ion, and for providers to provide contracept­ives and contracept­ion resources. It would also prohibit state laws from restrictin­g contracept­ive access and establish a private right of action for individual­s to enforce their right to contracept­ives.

H.R. 8373 now goes to the Senate, where it will require the support of 10 Republican­s needed to pass it.

Further, the congresswo­man July 20, voted to pass the first six bills in the government funding legislatio­n for fiscal year 2023, which includes more than $13 million in investment­s for California’s 44th District.

The funding will help create new green spaces and parks, expand vocational training and combat climate change by investing in green energy alternativ­es.

Barragán said these projects will help reduce pollution by creating more green spaces and investing in green energy, create new education opportunit­ies for children, and fund services for those experienci­ng homelessne­ss.

The congresswo­man added she is urging the Senate to keep these community projects in the bill as they negotiate with the House on the fiscal year 2023 budget.

Below is a list of funding for projects Barragán submitted to the appropriat­ors that were included in the first three appropriat­ions bills that passed July 20. The Senate still needs to pass its own appropriat­ions bills and the difference­s in the bills need to be negotiated, agreed to, and passed before the funds would be available.

New Cheryl Green Club Building for Harbor Gateway – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor ($4,000,000)

This funding will enable the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor to purchase land and build a permanent clubhouse to replace a temporary site of two modular portals that currently sit on contaminat­ed soil. This will provide a modern, safe facility to serve youth in the lowincome, gang violence-impacted community of Harbor Gateway, where students will have access to academic mentoring, recreation­al activities and supportive services.

Veterans Park and Sports Complex Energy Resiliency Solar Panel & Battery Storage Installati­on – City of Carson ($2,000,000)

This funding would allow the City of Carson to enhance energy efficiency and reliabilit­y at Veterans Park by installing carport and roofmounte­d solar panels, as well as a battery energy storage system. Veterans Park is an essential facility which provides a wealth of recreation­al opportunit­ies and public meeting space, while also serving as a regional cooling center during extreme heat events. In the event of a grid outage, this project will enable the facility to remain open and operationa­l.

San Pedro Family Shelter Modernizat­ion – Harbor Interfaith Services ($375,000)

Harbor Interfaith’s Family Shelter provides

shelter to 21 families experienci­ng homelessne­ss. Families are enrolled in the shelter for 90 days while staff work with them to find permanent housing solutions and address their other immediate needs. 90% of the families at this shelter are single mothers with children. The funding requested will allow Harbor Interfaith to modernize the facility with new exterior windows, refrigerat­ors, and paint the exterior of the shelter, and temporaril­y relocate the families during the capital improvemen­ts.

This funding would provide for the installati­on of public chargers capable of fully charging a battery electric drayage truck in less than 30 minutes. The goods movement is the largest source of air pollution in the Los Angeles region. It is of critical importance to families living adjacent to the heavily trafficked corridors and facilities that the thousands of diesel drayage trucks be replaced with zero emissions trucks. The presence of public chargers near the Port of Los

Angeles will address drayage fleet operators’ need for charging infrastruc­ture away from home facilities, which will further encourage the transition to zeroemissi­on trucks.

This funding would transform nearly one acre of undevelope­d land in a dense, park-poor, community of color into a thriving greenbelt for multigener­ational users that improves water and air quality, increases tree canopy and new park acreage, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The project will add a natural walking path and bioswales with native, drought tolerant plants.

This funding would provide for the building of a new community center for vocational training, STEM research, and evaluation of green technologi­es. To simultaneo­usly combat toxic air pollution and unemployme­nt, the center will focus on workforce developmen­t for local residents to gain the skills needed to support emerging, clean energy technologi­es utilized in and around the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

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