California Democratic Party Launches TV Ad Highlighting Congressman Mike Honda's Record in Silicon Valley

The California Democratic Party today went up on television in across the 17th Congressional District with a positive ad highlighting Congressman Mike Honda's record of delivering for his constituents.

The state Democratic Party is running the 30-second spot, which was run by the Honda for Congress campaign last week, for the rest of the week.

"Our country needs more leaders like Mike Honda, who works hard, behind the scenes if necessary, and delivers results for his constituents and our country," said California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton. "From his passionate work on educational equity, to expanding Social Security benefits for our seniors, to his unfailing advocacy for equal treatment of all people, Mike embodies the best values of our Party."

The ad can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L59cKc8dbB8

The ad focuses on the work Congressman Honda, who is a Senior Member of the Appropriations Committee, has done to bring Federal funding home to his district. This includes securing $900 million for the BART extension to San Jose, $5 million for education, and $1.3 billion in total funding.

 

 

Citations to information in ad:

$900 MILLION FOR BART SILICON VALLEY:

San Jose Mercury News: "Rep. Honda secures federal money for BART Silicon Valley extension": In July 2010, the San Jose Mercury News released an article on the approval of Rep. Honda's Appropriations Committee request on funding for the BART Silicon Valley project, headlined "Rep. Honda secures federal money for BART Silicon Valley extension".  (San Jose Mercury News, "Rep. Honda secures federal money for BART Silicon Valley extension," July 29, 2010)

Congress Accepted FTA Recommendation of $900 Million Grant for BART to San Jose: In March 2012, Congress accepted the Federal Transit Administration's recommendation to award a $900 million grant to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.  (Silicon Valley Business Journal, "VTA gets $900m in federal funds for BART extension," March 9, 2012; ABC 7 News, "Officials to recommend $900M for BART extension," January 10, 2012)

13,000 NEW JOBS:

BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Would Generate Approximately 13,300 Jobs: In December 2011, when the first major contract for the project was awarded, the VTA announced that the BART Silicon Valley project would create a total of approximately 13,300 direct and indirect jobs.

From the VTA:

"The decision marks a key project milestone and will immediately generate local jobs.  Nearly 5,500 jobs will be created during the construction of the line, track, systems and stations elements of the Berryessa Extension.  An additional 4,000 indirect jobs are created due to activities related to this contract, and 3,800 more jobs are created to support construction of the station campus areas, access roadways, parking structures and transit centers."  (VTA News, "VTA Awards $772 Million Design Build Contract for BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Project," December 8, 2011)

Both the San Jose Mercury News and ABC 7 News have reported that 13,000 jobs would be created by the project.  (San Jose Mercury News, "BART-to-San Jose extension could open 18 months ahead of schedule," December 8, 2011; ABC 7 News, "VTA approves BART contract for SJ extension," December 8, 2011)

$5 MILLION FOR EDUCATION 

Has Secured over $5 Million in Appropriations on Education Projects: Since as early as FY 2002, Rep. Honda has secured approximately $5,670,992 on education projects in Santa Clara, San Jose, Cupertino, and the County of Santa Clara.

This appropriations work includes:

$340,000 for Resource Area for Teachers in San Jose (H.R. 3061, Conference Report, FY 2002)

$900,000 for Santa Clara University (H.J. Res. 2, Conference Report, FY 2003)

$500,000 for Santa Clara University (H.R. 2673, Conference Report, FY 2004)

$100,000 for Santa Clara University (H.R. 2673, Conference Report, FY 2004)

$1,200,000 for San Jose State University (H.R. 3222, House Committee Print, FY 2008)

$500,000 for Santa Clara University (H.R. 3043, Conference Report, FY 2008)

$211,500 for San Jose State University (H.R. 2764, House Committee Print, FY 2008)

$143,000 for Project Cornerstone (H.R. 1105, House Committee Print, FY 2009)

$190,000 for Silicon Valley Education Foundation (H.R. 1105, House Committee Print, FY 2009)

$119,000 for the Children's Discovery Museum (H.R. 1105, House Committee Print, FY 2009)

$48,000 for the Walden West Foundation (H.R. 1105, House Committee Print, FY 2009)

$90,000 for the Health Trust of Santa Clara County for Youth Health Advocate High School Clubs for after-school and physical education program (H.R. 1105, House Committee Print, FY 2009)

$115,000 for San Jose State University (H.R. 1105, House Committee Print, FY 2009)

$400,000 for the Santa Clara County Office of Education (H.R. 2847, House Committee Print, FY 2010)

$180,000 for the Franklin McKinley School District (H.R. 3293, House Committee Print, FY 2010)

$200,000 for Resource Area for Teachers ((H.R. 3293, House Committee Print, FY 2010)

$226,000 for Project Cornerstone ((H.R. 3293, House Committee Print, FY 2010)

$250,000 for San Jose Unified School District ((H.R. 3293, House Committee Print, FY 2010)

$180,000 for San Jose State University, (H.R. 2847, House Committee Print, FY 2010)

 

$3.7 BILLION FOR TECH RESEARCH 

Partnered with Republican Rep. Boehlert to Introduce Nanotechnology Research and Development Act of 2003, Senate Version Signed Into Law & Funded at Nearly $4 Billion: In 2003, Rep. Honda, as an original co-sponsor, partnered with Republican Rep. Boehlert to introduce H.R. 766, the Nanotechnology Research and Development Act of 2003.  The bill's Senate version, S. 189, was passed and became law later in the year, going on to be funded at nearly $4 billion.  (Political Blotter, "CA17: Khanna & Honda argue Honda's record," February 25, 2014; S.189, Bill Text, 2003-2004; H.R. 766, Cosponsors, 2003-2004)

 

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