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Padilla Hosts 27th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, Calls for Sustainable Solutions to Combat Climate Crisis

KINGS BEACH, CA — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Chair of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, hosted the 27th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, convening a bipartisan, bi-state coalition of local, state, federal, Tribal, and environmental leaders at Kings Beach State Recreation Area in California. This year’s summit, “Protecting Lake Tahoe: Sustainability and Stewardship […]

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Padilla Urges OSHA to Implement Federal Heat Protections for Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. July 25, 2023 — Yesterday, amidst record-breaking temperatures across the country, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representatives Greg Casar (TX-35), Judy Chu (CA-28), Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), Raúl Grijalva (AZ-07), and Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), led one-hundred and twelve members of Congress in […]

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Padilla Push to Fund Critical Federal Resources for Firefighters and Wildfire Prevention Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Legislation supported by U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) to reauthorize funding for the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program, and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant program through fiscal year 2030 passed the Senate today by a vote of 95-2. Last year, Padilla spoke before the Senate Homeland […]

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Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program Delivers Over $35 Million to California

WASHINGTON, D.C. February 21, 2023— U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) announced that California will receive nearly $36 million through the first round of funding from the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program. This program—which was signed into law as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law—was modeled off the Reconnecting Communities Act that Padilla co-led in 2021. The […]

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Padilla, Feinstein, Panetta, Lead Bipartisan Letter with 50 California Lawmakers Urging President Biden to Grant Major Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.) along with Representative Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif-19), Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.-11), and Representatives Kevin Kiley (R-Calif.-03), Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.-24), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.-30), and Brad Sherman (D-Calif.-32) led a bipartisan letter with 42 other California Members of Congress urging President Joe Biden to grant […]

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Padilla, Feinstein Lead Bipartisan Letter Urging Forest Service to Evaluate its Strategies and Better Protect Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. November 21, 2022 — U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) joined Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), and Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) in leading a bipartisan letter to the United States Forest Service (USFS) regarding the lack of forest management and fire preparedness efforts made in Grizzly Flats, the California town that was destroyed […]

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Padilla, Feinstein Announce $26 Million Headed to Klamath Basin from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.) announced the Department of the Interior will provide nearly $26 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for Klamath Basin restoration projects, including nearly $16 million for ecosystem restoration projects in the Basin and $10 million to expand the Klamath Falls National Fish Hatchery. […]

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Padilla, Feinstein, Huffman Introduce Legislation to Transfer Sacred Land from the Forest Service to the Karuk Tribe

WASHINGTON, D.C. June 22, 2022 — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.) introduced the Katimiîn and Ameekyáaraam Sacred Lands Act to transfer ownership of sacred lands from the United States Forest Service (USFS) to the Interior Department to place those lands into trust for the benefit of the Karuk Tribe, a federally recognized […]

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Padilla Leads Push to Increase Funding for EPA Wildfire Smoke Monitoring in California

WASHINGTON, D.C. May 31, 2022— U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), joined by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-N.M.), sent a letter to the leadership of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies urging them to provide $20 million in funding […]

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Padilla, Feinstein Applaud IRS Decision to Exempt Utility Assistance from Federal Taxation

WASHINGTON, D.C. November 18, 2021 – Following a push by U.S. Senators Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that water and energy assistance provided through the American Rescue Plan Act will not be treated taxable as income. “We are glad the IRS listened to our concerns and welcome this clarification. This decision will help ensure that our […]

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Padilla, Schiff Introduce Legislation to Make Access to Equitable Health Care a Protected Civil Right

WASHINGTON, D.C. October 26, 2021— Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla and Congressman Adam Schiff (both D-Calif.) introduced the Equal Health Care for All Act, bicameral legislation to address the racial inequities in America’s health care system by making equitable medical care a protected civil right. “For far too long, inequities in our health care system have […]

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Padilla Bill to Protect California Public Lands Advances in the Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. October 19, 2021— Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) testified before the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining in support of his bill, the PUBLIC Lands Act (S.1459). The legislation would protect more than one million acres of public lands and well over 500 miles of […]

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Padilla, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Bolster the Creative Economy, Provide Relief for Artists and Writers

Today,U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) joined Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and a group of colleagues in introducing the Creative Economy Revitalization Act (CERA) to help bolster the creative economy through the creation of a workforce grants program to employ artists and writers to create publicly available art. U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Martin Heinrich […]

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Padilla Bill to Strengthen Power Grids Included in Energy and Natural Resources Committee Infrastructure Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. July 14, 2021– Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the Energy and Natural Resources Committee agreed to include significant provisions from Padilla’s POWER On Act of 2021 to make our electrical grids more reliable and climate resilient in their energy infrastructure package: “Our energy grid must be strengthened to keep the power on in communities impacted […]

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U.S. Senator Alex Padilla: Supreme Court Decisions Undermine Free and Fair Elections

U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on today’s Supreme Court’s decisions in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee and Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta. In a pair of 6-3 decisions today, the Supreme Court turned its back on the basic foundations of our democracy and further opened the door to discrimination and big-money influence in our elections. The […]

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Padilla: Time to Put our Democracy Over Abuse of Filibuster (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON, D.C. May 27, 2021– Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) delivered a speech on the floor of the United States Senate in support of the January 6th bipartisan commission as Senate Republicans threaten to block passage of the commission. Padilla emphasized that the much greater threat to our democracy is failing to investigate this direct attack on our […]

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Padilla Announces Over $250 million in Emergency Housing Funding to California Through American Rescue Plan

WASHINGTON D.C. May 13, 2021– U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) announced that 73 California public housing agencies are eligible for over $250 million in Emergency Housing Vouchers. The American Rescue Plan Act allowed the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to allocate additional vouchers to these public housing agencies. Padilla voted to pass the […]

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Padilla Announces Nearly $1 Billion in Funding for California Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. March 30, 2021 – U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) announced that 175 community health centers in California will receive nearly $1 billion to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, provide ongoing testing and treatment, and ensure vulnerable communities have access to the care they need amid the ongoing pandemic. This funding is a result of […]

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Senator Padilla Announces 116 California Health Centers Invited to Join COVID-19 Vaccine Program

WASHINGTON D.C. March 12, 2021 – U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) announced that 116 facilities in California will be invited to join the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program launched by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The program is focused on working to directly allocate COVID-19 […]

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U.S. Senator Padilla Joins Introduction of U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 to Overhaul American Immigration System

WASHINGTON, D.C. February 18, 2021 – U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) on Thursday joined a bicameral effort, led by Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D-Calif-38),to introduce the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, President Biden’s bold, inclusive, and humane framework for the future of the United States immigration system. California is home to more immigrants than […]

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