Schwarzenegger, Legislative Leaders To Meet With Congressional Delegation
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and state legislative leaders on Feb. 17 will meet in Washington, D.C., with leaders of California's congressional delegation to discuss the state's legislative interests, possibly including Medi-Cal funding, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), chair of California's 33-member Democratic House caucus; Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.), chair of the state's 20-member Republican House caucus; and Schwarzenegger proposed the meeting.
Lofgren said that an agenda for the meeting has not been set but added that possible topics include increased funding for Medi-Cal, increased federal funding to offset the cost of incarcerating undocumented immigrants and minimizing the effect on California of planned military base closures.
Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) also will attend the meeting. State legislators at the meeting will include Senate President Pro Tempore Don Perata (D-Oakland), Senate Minority Leader Dick Ackerman (R-Tustin), Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) (Epstein, San Francisco Chronicle, 2/3).