Thursday, July 11, 2019
Rep. Kevin McCarthy sponsors legislation to provide $100 million for China Lake infrastructure improvements
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, House Minority leader, gives us his weekly report from Capitol Hill. In his own words:
"Last week’s California earthquakes really tested Kern County. I’ve been through quite a few quakes in my lifetime, and it is incredible to think that these were the largest ones to hit California in 20 years. I had the opportunity to see some of the wreckage firsthand, and though our community is still in the process of assessing the total damage, there are thankfully no reported deaths or serious
Our first responders have been amazing during this time as search-and-rescue teams have also worked to ensure the continued safety of our residents. Times like these really demonstrate our strong sense of community, and I could not be prouder of how the people of Kern County and across the state have stepped up to help their fellow neighbors.
Just this week I personally spoke with President Trump about the need to declare a state of emergency in California, so that we could coordinate disaster relief efforts in the region. This assistance will bring much-needed help to Ridgecrest, Trona, and the nearby communities most impacted by the seismic activity.
I also introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which authorizes $100 million to help address China Lake’s pressing needs. It requires the Department of Defense to modernize infrastructure and facilities as part of the ongoing efforts to return the base to mission-capable status. We will rebuild China Lake, stronger and better.
While we have time to reflect on the events of the last week, let us remember the importance of being prepared for future earthquakes. I am impressed, but not surprised, by the resiliency displayed by the people of Kern County and California – it should serve as a reminder to us all of the strength of the American spirit in the face of adversity.