- Editor’s note: Congratulations to Rep. Heck in securing $50 million in funding for the vital Defense Community Infrastructure Program.
- From Congressman Denny Heck’s newsletter:
“The stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue that connects the U.S. Capitol to the White House is about a mile long. We’ve just crossed the halfway point of the 116th Congress, and already 12,688 pieces of legislation have been introduced.
“Of those bills, I’m the lead sponsor of 16 and cosponsored another 330. Yet of the mountain of bills that get introduced every year, very few end up going the distance from Capitol Hill to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and are signed into law.”
“DCIP would provide federal grants to help state and local government address the infrastructure needs in communities near military installations. They would need to chip in with at least a 20% match to qualify for these grants.
“I first proposed DCIP [Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP)] in a bill called the COMMUTE Act in 2014, and we’ve spent the last six years fighting for our defense communities.
“I’m proud that, for the first time, we’ve secured $50 million in funding for this vital infrastructure program as part of this year’s defense spending bill, which was signed into law by the President in December.” Read more