FAIRFIELD — Solano County sent a contingent to Washington, D.C., to talk to federal representatives and officials about the county’s legislative program.
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and related water issues, Travis Air Force Base and infrastructure funding are just some of the items on the county’s list. The annual trip comes against the backdrop of automatic federal budget cuts, known as the sequester, and sweeping health care changes.
In addition, the trip includes attending the National Association of Counties conference. The contingent left Solano County Friday and returns Thursday.
County Supervisors Linda Seifert and Erin Hannigan, County Administrator Birgitta Corsello, Health and Social Services Director Patrick Duterte and county Legislative, Intergovernmental and Public Affairs Officer Michelle Heppner made the trip.
The visit allows the county to reinforce the message that federal, state and local governments are partners in serving communities, county spokesman Stephen Pierce said. Shifting costs to other partners fails to meet the common goal, he said.
Seifert said the group met with officials from Rep. John Garamendi’s office, Rep. Mike Thompson’s office, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s office and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office, among other things.
The automatic spending cuts are a big topic in Washington, D.C., she said.
“From what I’m gathering, they expect the sequester to stay in place for a while,” she said.
The impact will be significant, Seifert said. A critical issue for Solano County is civilians working at Travis Air Force Base, who will be furloughed one day a week, she said.
Speakers at the National Association of Counties conference included House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.), Rep Jim Clyburn (D-South Carolina.) and Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho), according to the group’s website.
The trip will cost the county about $12,300 for airfare, hotel and conference registration, Pierce said.
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