“I need to get caught up,” she said.
Assuming that the Legislature can move on from its marathon budget talks, Liu, 67, said she wants to improve transportation and education and work within the district to beef up its environmental portfolio.
The senator said she favors the extension of the Metro Gold line in Pasadena and plans to work with local schools and cities to “green the 21st District for the 21st century.”
Liu has already been appointed chairwoman of the Senate’s Health and Human Services subcommittee and wants to increase the scope of career technical education and funding for public education throughout the district and state.
To help fund her ventures, Liu hopes for an infusion of federal funds that could be coming with the administration of President-elect Barack Obama, who has pledged a massive public works program and hinted at another economic stimulus package.
Without saying how much she thinks California might receive from an Obama White House, Liu did say she was “optimistic” that the state would receive its fair share of federal dollars.
“We’re the biggest economy and the biggest state in the country with the biggest needs,” she said.
Representative questions credit agency’s loans
Rep. Brad Sherman joined a group of bipartisan members of Congress this week in calling on the nation’s official credit agency to stop handing out loans to companies that do business with Iran.
The Sherman Oaks Democrat, whose district includes Burbank, asked that the Export-Import Bank of the United States stop financing Reliance Industries Limited, a company Sherman said sells oil to Iran.