Congresswoman Michelle Steel says she’ll make alleviating California’s jammed-up highways a priority through her role on the U.S. House of Representative’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Steel, who represents California’s 48th district, was among 10 new Republican members named to the committee Jan. 25.
“Orange County has some of the most congested freeways in the United States and improving transportation for California families should matter to all of us,” Steel said in a press release.
“This includes reducing noise pollution in our communities. I am honored to be chosen as the newest member of this important, bipartisan committee. This is a great opportunity to support the residents of Orange County and I won’t let them down.”
The committee has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation, including highways, bridges, railroads, aviation, maritime, and others, as well as parts of national infrastructure, such as clean and wastewater management, transport of resources by pipeline, flood damage reduction, management of federal and state-owned buildings, and more.
By joining the committee, Steel said she hopes to help improve traffic conditions and help keep the country’s coastline safe.
“One of my top priorities as the representative for Orange County is to ensure our coastline remains protected, and our beaches and bays remain clean and safe for generations to come. This includes flood protection and sand replenishment on our shores,” she said.
Sam Graves, a Republican House member from Missouri and ranking member of the committee, said he was pleased to welcome Steel onto the board, where she will join 33 other Republican members.
“Her years of experience on the Orange County Board of Supervisors overseeing a large infrastructure budget and her work with the Orange County Transportation Authority make her a vital addition to the committee,” he said in a release.
“She brings a wide array of transportation experience, and I know she will work diligently to advance priorities of importance for California’s 48th district as well as the nation.”