Councilmembers DeLong & Garcia Travel To Washington DC to Lobby Congress

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Long Beach City Councilmembers Gary DeLong and Robert Garcia will travel to Washington, D.C. today to meet with local members of Congress, House and Senate staff, the Army Corps of Engineers and officials in the Obama Administration. The Councilmembers will return to Long Beach on Wednesday, March 2, 2011.

DeLong is chair of the Federal Legislative Committee, and Garcia is the Vice-Chair. Both members will advocate on behalf of the city’s Federal Legislative Agenda, which includes support for Federal projects like the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study, appropriations for the restoration of the Colorado Lagoon, and Federal Transportation dollars.

Both Councilmembers will also be lobbying against cuts to the Community Development Block Grant Program and the Federal Workforce Investment Act. Both programs are extremely important for the creation of jobs and to stimulate the local economy.

“I am looking forward to meeting with our Congressional delegation to discuss the issues that are important to Long Beach,” said Councilmember Gary DeLong. “Federal support for the Colorado Lagoon is extremely important as we move towards restoring this citywide asset.”

“Long Beach has stepped up to support the Long Beach Breakwater and Ecosystem Restoration study, and now it’s time for Washington to do the same,” said Councilmember Robert Garcia. “Cleaning our water and restoring our shore will transform our coastline and be an economic boon to the city.”

DeLong and Garcia are scheduled to meet with Congressmembers Linda Sanchez, Laura Richardson and Dana Rohrabacher, as well as staff from Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Barbara Boxer, the Army Corps of Engineers, House and Senate Appropriations staff, and Administration Officials.

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