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The Lower Santa Cruz River has a history of massive flooding, but a large-scale project to prevent future flood destruction received a key victory Wednesday.
U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Flagstaff, and U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, secured critical funding in the President’s budget for the Lower Santa Cruz Watershed Project in Pinal County, according to press releases.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., has secured $1.6 million in the FY 2014 work plan for the Rio de Flag flood control project, a top priority for the city of Flagstaff. The funds will go toward the administration and repair of the Clay Avenue Wash Detention Basin.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., has secured critical funding in the president’s budget for the Lower Santa Cruz Watershed Project in Pinal County. The watershed has a long history of catastrophic flooding during major storms, resulting in severe and costly damage to homes businesses, crops and infrastructure.
This major accomplishment marks the initiation of the watershed as an official Army Corps of Engineers project. The funding will fully cover the first phase of the project ($100,000) and part of the second phase ($200,000).
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., released the following statement on the retirement of Arizona Congressman Ed Pastor at the end of this term:
Pinal County will not lose more than a million dollars of revenue it feared would be gone in 2014 after Congress tacked the money onto the farm bill, which it passed Wednesday.
The bill includes language that allows Pinal County to continue to collect payment in lieu of taxes funds. PILT payments are made by the federal government to local governments in areas where the federal government owns substantial amounts of land, thus eliminating it from the local property tax base.
Members of the Southern Arizona congressional delegation — all Democrats — lauded President Obama’s push to raise the minimum wage, and looked to his State of the Union speech for leadership in creating jobs.
Rep. Ron Barber, who represents the state’s 2nd Congressional District, said the Tucson economy still has not fully recovered from the Great Recession.
“My biggest concern even though the economy in Arizona and in the country is slowly improving is that we still don’t have enough jobs,” Barber said.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., will be accompanied at the 2014 State of the Union Address by Jack Jackson Jr., a former state lawmaker from the Navajo Nation in Arizona’s District One. In 2013, Jackson became the U.S. State Department’s first-ever liaison to Native American tribes.
WASHINGTON -- Arizona's members of Congress have a long list of bills they want to pass in 2014 to do everything from reducing the threat of devastating wildfires to helping Arizona companies sell more of their products overseas.
Immigration reform remains among the top priorities for most members of the congressional delegation amid renewed hope that the House may take up the issue next year.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., released the following statement about today’s vote on H.R. 3350 (Upton bill) and the rollout of the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces:
“The stunning ineptitude of the ACA marketplace rollout is more than a public relations disaster. It is a disaster for the working families in my Arizona district who badly need quality, affordable health care.
The Grand Canyon State shouldn’t pay for Uncle Sam’s grand buffoonery.
Arizona is out $465,000 in costs to reopen Grand Canyon National Park for five days during the recent dysfunction at the Capitol, according to Gov. Jan Brewer’s spokesman, Andrew Wilder.
It was money well spent. The Grand Canyon brings a bounty of tourism revenue to our state, with about 18,000 visitors a day at this time of year.
Brewer deserves credit for going after an agreement with the feds to reopen the park. The Obama administration didn’t make negotiations easy.