Senate Republican Leader Calls Mission to Washington D.C. a Success

Focus of bi-partisan meetings were water, infrastructure and technology
Thursday, November 5, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) returned from her three-day trip to Washington D.C., where she met with representatives from Congress and the White House Cabinet to discuss crucial state issues. Among the key issues discussed were:  the ongoing drought in California, transportation infrastructure, and strategies for maintaining the Golden State’s competitiveness in innovation and technology.

“These are some of the most important issues facing California, and they can only be resolved through a collaborative effort by state and federal leaders,” said Sen. Fuller. “I thought it was vital to meet in D.C. and show how serious we are in rolling up our sleeves and working side-by-side to find solutions.”

Senator Fuller, who traveled to Washington with a Republican delegation that included Sen. Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga), Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Fountain Valley), and Sen. Jeff Stone (R-Riverside), coordinated meetings with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), Representatives Devin Nunes (R- Tulare), Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley), David Valadao (R-Hanford), Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale), U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-California) and U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor.

“All of the meetings were extremely valuable,” said Sen. Fuller. “The purpose of the meeting with the Department of Interior was to discuss plans to capture increased rainwater expected from the upcoming El Niño.”

Senator Fuller says Republicans from the federal and state levels have been proactive in ensuring that California maximizes its ability to capture and transport the expected surplus precipitation. As part of a collaborative effort with House Majority Leader McCarthy and the Republican Congressional Delegation from California, they recently sent a letter to President Obama and Governor Brown urging immediate action in preparing for El Niño.

“California Republicans want to be sure that El Niño rainwater is effectively captured, stored, and moved throughout the state. This is a chance for the state and federal governments to make the most of the benefits of El Niño for California’s families, cities, businesses and farms.”

On the final leg of her trip, Senator Fuller met with aerospace leaders and discussed the industry’s importance in enhancing the efforts of the U.S. military.

“The relationships we were able to continue to build in D.C. will benefit all Californians. I look forward to using the momentum from this trip to address the pressing issues facing this state,” Sen. Fuller concluded.