Garcia Announces Infrastructure Grant for 'Most Overlooked' Population

Garcia Announces Infrastructure Grant for 'Most Overlooked' Population

Joshua Smith
Joshua Smith
April 27, 2024

Texas Representative Sylvia Garcia (TX-29) announced that Harris County, Texas, will be the recipient of over $9.6 million in federal funding through the Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) Discretionary Grant Program.

The funding comes from the Inflation Reduction Act’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. These funds were made available through the Inflation Reduction Act's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, which Congresswoman Garcia supported in August 2022.

The grant will be used for the Texas County’s Road Drainage Master Plan project to create a plan that will evaluate drainage infrastructure and address issues with “local roadways in unincorporated areas of the county.”

“I’m proud to announce over $9.6 million in federal funding that will give communities like ours here in Harris County a chance to rebuild and strengthen our infrastructure,” said Rep. Garcia. “Investing in our most overlooked populations provides families and children with a safe place to thrive. What we are doing here will transform the lives of thousands of people and lay the groundwork for a brighter, more resilient future for all of our communities.”

Harris County has faced as many as six federally declared flooding disasters over the past nine years. The area is considered vulnerable, and has become in need of crucial improvements. The project will aim to fix roads and land development in “incorporated parts of the county”.

Recently, the Texas congresswoman took to social media to express unity with Americans after Alexei Navalny's funeral, and stand against Russian President Vladimir Putin's attack on Ukraine.

“I stand with Houstonians and Americans across the nation in awe of the Russian people who risked their safety to pay their respects to Alexei Navalny. May his memory fuel our resolve to help Ukraine win the war against Putin’s tyranny and to stand firmly for democracy and freedom,” tweeted Rep. Garcia.

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Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith is a writer and recent graduate, majoring in English.

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