September 8, 2016
August Legislative Report
REP. THOMPSON ANNOUNCES ERADICATION OF EUROPEAN GRAPEVINE MOTH FROM UNITED STATES
U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has declared the eradication of the European Grapevine Month (EGVM) from the United States. APHIS will be lifting the Federal quarantine on 446 square miles of Napa and Sonoma Counties that have been under regulation since June 2010.
“The invasive EGVM posed a serious threat to the California wine community, which employs 786,000 people and generates $114 billion in annual economic activities,” said Thompson. “Aggressive control efforts and the collaborative work of federal, state and local officials, along with industry, growers, and scientists have made eradication possible. I have long supported these efforts, and I am pleased to announce that, through cooperation and dedication, the goal of eradication has finally been achieved.”
REP. THOMPSON ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $830,000 FOR NAPA COUNTY AIRPORT
U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) today announced a $836,969 Department of Transportation grant for the Napa County Airport. The funds provided by this grant will be used to rehabilitate 5,930 feet of Runway 18R/36L and 1,300 feet of Runway 6/24, by reducing foreign object debris and reinforcing the structural integrity of the runway pavement. These improvements will ensure compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards, and will enhance safety for both passengers and airport personnel.
“The Napa County Airport plays an invaluable role in both our local economy and our community at large,” said Thompson. “Our airport supports hundreds of local jobs, and provides an enormous boost to local tourism by providing travelers with easy access to and from beautiful Napa County. I have long supported our county airport, and I’m proud to announce these funds, which will improve the safety and efficiency of airport operations.”
THOMPSON ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $1.3 MILLION FOR CHILD START, INC.
Funds will be used to provide Head Start and Early Head Start services to children and families throughout Napa and Solano Counties
U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) today announced a $1,303,750 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grant for Child Start, Inc. The grant will be used to fund Child Care Partnerships between Child Start, Inc. and local private child care centers. These partnerships provide high quality child care and early learning services to young children from low-income families.
“All children, no matter who they are or where they’re from, deserve a quality education,” said Thompson. “Through their Child Care Partnerships, Child Start Inc. helps ensure that the youngest children in our community have the opportunity to learn and grow. It is critical for our children to have a solid early educational foundation, one that promotes strong, healthy development. This grant funding will help Child Start, Inc. continue their terrific work in our community, and I am proud to support them.”
REP. MIKE THOMPSON HOSTS FUTURE FORUM TOWN HALL AT SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY WITH REP. ERIC SWALWELL
U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, who represents the East Bay and is Chair of the Future Forum in Congress, today held a Future Forum Town Hall with students at Sonoma State University.
The Forum, introduced by Congressman Swalwell last year, is a group of 18 young, Democratic Members of Congress focused on bridging the gap between Congress and young Americans by discussing issues of importance to millennials. Swalwell is leading the group on a national listening tour to listen and engage with millennials at universities, community colleges, companies, and start-up incubators.
Today, the Future Forum came to Sonoma State for a town hall-style listening session. Students were encouraged to ask questions and engage in conversation with both Representatives Thompson and Swalwell about issues that are of particular interest or concern to them, as millennials. To ensure the Future Forum was as accessible as possible, the town hall was live streamed via both Facebook and Periscope.
“Many thanks to my colleague Eric for working with me to bring the Future Forum to Sonoma State,” said Rep. Thompson. “I thoroughly enjoyed sitting down with our bright young students and learning what it is they’re passionate about, and what it is that concerns them the most. Having this kind of open dialogue is key as my colleagues and I work to make sure the voices of our millennial generation are heard in Washington.”