U.S. Congresswoman Susan Davis | E-Newsletter
Winter 2012 E-News Report
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Dear Friend,

As the year comes to a close, I want to send you and your families best wishes during this holiday season. In the coming year, I look forward to continuing to work on your behalf.

Warm Regards,
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TABLE OF CONTENTS:


  1. NEW CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT LINES
  2. SEQUESTRATION UPDATE
  3. INAUGURATION TICKET UPDATE
  4. 2013 HOUSE SCHEDULE
  5. SMALL BUSINESS FORUM: DOING BUSINESS WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
  6. 1OTH ANNUAL WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
  7. SPEAKING AT THE GREATER SAN DIEGO BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
  8. FIGHTING FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
  9. NAVAL AIR FORCES CHANGE OF COMMAND
  10. SDMAC BREAKFAST WITH VICE ADMIRAL NATHAN, NAVY SURGEON GENERAL
  11. INTERESTED IN AN INTERNSHIP?
  12. COMMUNITY SNAPSHOTS
I. NEW CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT LINES

As many of you know, due to redistricting the boundaries of the 53rd Congressional District have changed. If you are unsure about whether you are in the new 53rd, please click here. For those of you who are no longer in my district, I want to take this time to let you know that it has been an honor to serve as your representative in Congress. To those who are new to my district, I want you to know that I look forward to working with all of you and continuing to fight for the issues that matter most to the middle class – jobs, access to healthcare and education, and a stronger economy. The new Congressional district boundaries take effect Jan 3, 2013.

II. SEQUESTRATION UPDATE

According to a recent Congressional Budget Office report, the automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, and the expiration of all current tax cuts would cause unemployment to jump back up to 9.1%. This is not acceptable. We cannot allow petty partisan bickering to erase all the economic progress we have made in the past four years. In particular, sequestration will have a devastating impact on San Diego’s military interests and economy. Even though personnel accounts would not be affected, other vital portions of the U.S. Department of Defense budget would receive drastic cuts creating serious challenges for our men and women in uniform. Sequestration would also cause an 8.2% cut in science budgets upending San Diego’s biotechnology industry. Now that the election has passed, my colleagues and I in Congress must put our differences aside and work together to prevent this man-made catastrophe for the good of our nation.

III. INAUGURATION TICKET UPDATE

I recently announced that I will be holding a random lottery to distribute tickets to constituents from the 53rd District for the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama. Winners will be notified by email by December 7. While the deadline to request tickets has passed, I am excited about the opportunity to provide constituents with tickets to this memorable ceremony.

IV. 2013 HOUSE SCHEDULE

As the new 113th Congress begins in January, I want to share with all of you the House schedule for the next year. To see the 2013 House Calendar, please click here.

V. SMALL BUSINESS FORUM: DOING BUSINESS WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

The federal government is the single largest purchaser in the world. On Halloween, I hosted a small business forum at San Diego State University on “Doing Business with the Federal Government” to help San Diegans take advantage of this huge market. The event brought together panels of contracting experts to help San Diego County small businesses get information and make new contacts to help achieve their federal contracting goals. The San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center (www.ptac-sandiego.org) and several panelists gave excellent presentations to about 80 San Diego County small business representatives who wanted to learn more about government contracting opportunities. Event information and presentations are available by clicking here. I look forward to holding more small business forums in the future.

VI. 10TH ANNUAL WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

I was pleased to join women leaders from throughout the San Diego region at the "Women in Leadership Luncheon" hosted by the East County Chamber of Commerce. This event honors women in various fields including business, education, healthcare, and media for their leadership, character and integrity. This year’s luncheon focused on Girl Scouts with their San Diego – Imperial Council CEO Jo Dee Jacob as the keynote speaker. As a former Girl Scout, I was proud to stand with the many other women leaders in the audience who also got their start as Scouts.

VII. SPEAKING AT THE GREATER SAN DIEGO BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

In October, I was the keynote speaker at the Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA) Professional Luncheon Series. The GSDBA is one of the largest specialty chambers of commerce in San Diego County and the second largest gay, lesbian, and supportive chamber in the nation. I always appreciate the opportunity to talk to small business owners about the economy and the effects of federal regulations.

VIII. FIGHTING FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

I recently wrote a letter calling on the Department of State to impress upon the government of Vietnam to release political prisoner Nguyen Quoc Quan, an American citizen held in detention for the past six months. In the letter, I asked for an update on his condition and the U.S. Consulate's efforts to free him. Dr. Quan's crime is a desire to spread democracy, freedom, and human rights. I hope the government of Vietnam will realize that nothing will be gained by keeping him imprisoned.

IX. NAVAL AIR FORCES CHANGE OF COMMAND

Earlier this month, I joined hundreds of guests aboard the USS Nimitz for a change of command ceremony where Vice Admiral Allen Myers was relieved by Vice Admiral David Buss as Commander, Naval Air Forces. Commander, Naval Air Forces is responsible for all naval aviation units. At the event, I thanked Vice Admiral Myers for his service as the “Air Boss” and wished him luck with his next position. I also had the opportunity to congratulate Vice Admiral Buss on his new assignment.

X. SDMAC BREAKFAST WITH VICE ADMIRAL NATHAN, NAVY SURGEON GENERAL

I attended the San Diego Military Advisory Council’s monthly breakfast meeting at the Admiral Kidd Club along with local flag officers, community leaders, and members of the business community in welcoming Vice Admiral Nathan, the Navy Surgeon General, to San Diego. Following Vice Admiral Nathan’s remarks, I took the opportunity to ask him about ways the Navy can reduce stigma associated with Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury. I also asked Vice Admiral Nathan about ways to increase job opportunities for all separating service members, especially those who have experienced a traumatic injury while serving. As Ranking Member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, I am committed to making sure injured service members receive the quality care they deserve, and have employment and education opportunities if they decide to leave the military.

XI. INTERESTED IN AN INTERNSHIP?

Both my San Diego and Washington offices are currently accepting internship applications for the spring semester. Interns assist with fielding constituent inquiries, public events, casework, and other special projects. For internships in the San Diego office, please contact Gavin Deeb at gavin.deeb@mail.house.gov. For internships in the Washington, DC office, please contact Mike McLaughlin at mike.mclaughlin@mail.house.gov. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three references.

XII. COMMUNITY SNAPSHOTS

Community HousingWorks
In October, I attended the opening of the Community HousingWorks "Own.Rent.Achieve" Center in City Heights and met with Community HousingWorks staff. The Center is the first non-profit realty office in City Heights and offers a range of services from home loans to financial fitness.
Department of Labor Luncheon

 

I participated in the U.S. Department of Labor's "Lunch and Learn" event, which focused on helping individuals, especially women, take better advantage of their benefits - particularly with regard to their retirement and health care benefits.

 

 

 

 

 

Veterans Day
In November, I participated in a Veterans Day event honoring the men and women who have bravely served our nation, and had a chance to meet Major General Charles “Chuck” Yeager.
Monroe Clark Middle School Health and Wellness Center
I attended the grand opening of the Monroe Clark Middle School Based Health and Wellness Center. An example of strong community partnerships, this clinic will mean healthier children in our community and better learners in our classrooms. Students who feel well and have good medical care are more engaged in school and have better attendance.

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