Rep. Vargas Cosponsors Salton Sea Public Health and Environmental Protection Act
Washington, DC (November 19, 2020) – Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) released the following statement after joining Rep. Ruiz (CA-36) as an original cosponsor of H.R. 8775, the Salton Sea Public Health and Environmental Protection Act. The legislation would bring significant federal funding to the Salton Sea while streamlining projects; increasing coordination between local, state, and federal officials; and holding federal agencies accountable to their commitments at the Salton Sea.
“I am joining my colleague Rep. Ruiz in introducing this much-needed piece of legislation to ensure that federal funding is available for Salton Sea restoration programs and management. Agencies and government officials must coordinate their efforts to streamline projects and bring us closer to improving and restoring the Salton Sea.
“We need resources and programs to address public health concerns, restore wildlife and habitat, and explore economic development opportunities in the Salton Sea region. My work to improve the Salton Sea is far from over. Reducing the harmful effects of the receding Salton Sea remains a top priority in my district.”
Vargas represents California’s 51st Congressional District which includes the southern portion of San Diego County, all of Imperial County, and California’s entire U.S.-Mexico border. Vargas was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and is currently serving his fourth term in Congress. He serves on the House Financial Services Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee.