As a place that welcomes newcomers from across the country and around the world, the greater Houston region has grown rapidly in recent years – it is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country.
But our roads and transit system have not grown at the same pace, which makes it harder to transport goods, commute to work, get to school, and attract new businesses. Improving the infrastructure to support our growing region is one of my top priorities.
In Congress, I have worked to address our needs by serving on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. I have actively partnered with local governments, agencies, and businesses to identify and advocate for needed resources and improvements in our district and our region.
One of the first things I did when I got to Congress was remove existing prohibitions on federal funding for Houston METRO and our mobility infrastructure. We need to make sure that Houston receives its fair share of federal transportation dollars, and that was a critical first step. I have also worked to support our infrastructure in comprehensive legislation for our federal highway, transit, and safety programs through the INVEST in America Act, securing five amendments important to our region in the final bill that passed the House of Representatives.
As a member of the authorizing committee, I worked with a bipartisan coalition to ensure investment in Houston’s water infrastructure and to secure authorization for the Port of Houston Expansion Channel Improvement Project, a project of great importance for the economy of our region and of the entire country in the Water Resources Development Act of 2020.