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Dear Friend,

It’s time for another update from Congress.  Since my last E-news update, the House has passed two key bills and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has concluded.  See below to find out what I’ve been doing in Washington and San Diego for the 53rd District.  

Warm regards,

Named for Excellence in Constituent Service Award 
Meeting with constituents before a Global Policy Series event. 

I was honored to be named one of two finalists for The Congressional Management Foundation’s (CMF) Democracy Awards for excellence in the Constituent Service category. The national award focuses on how the House and Senate serve constituents, especially how they use specific, methodical, and consistent processes for achieving measurable results in constituent service.

Last year, my staff and I successfully helped about 850 constituents, securing more than $2 million in benefits from federal agencies.  My office helps constituents one-on-one with casework. The bulk of these cases involve veterans benefits, IRS refunds and immigration issues.  If you or someone you know needs help with a federal agency, click here or call (619) 280-5353.

Redacted Mueller Report Becomes Public 

In an unusual move, Attorney General William Barr held a press conference to discuss Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference before releasing the report to Congress and the public.  When asked if it was an impropriety to “spin the report before people are able to read it,” Attorney General Barr answered “no” and walked away. 

Despite the Attorney General’s efforts, the report is a far cry from what he described in his summary and press conference.  The report does not exonerate the president.  Instead, it is a call for Congress to take a closer look, which needs to start with Mueller testifying before Congress.  Congress needs to see the unredacted report and supporting evidence. 
Leading 222 House Members in Calling for NIH Funding

Recently, I led a bipartisan coalition of 222 House members in a letter to the House Appropriations Committee urging a $41.6 billion investment in the National Institutes of Health, a $2.5 billion increase from last year.  I led a similar effort in 2018 that resulted in $2 billion more for medical research.  The Trump Administration requested a 12% cut to NIH funding despite the President touting major initiatives for opioid and pediatric cancer research in his 2019 State of the Union address. 

NIH is the nation’s primary biomedical and public health research agency and is responsible for countless medical and scientific accomplishments.  San Diego is one of the leading recipients of NIH research grants across the country.  Click here to read the full letter.  

House Votes to Protect a Free and Open Internet

The House voted 234-190 to reinstate previously existing protections on the internet.  I voted in favor of H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act, which restores popular, bipartisan net neutrality protections for consumers and small businesses.  The bill enacts specific rules against blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization, and empowers the FCC to investigate consumer and business complaints and fine internet service providers for violations of the Communications Act. 

The Trump Administration ended these vital protections in 2017, resulting in public outcry from internet advocates, consumers and businesses.  That year, net neutrality protection was the issue with the most bipartisan support in the 53rd district, according to my surveys.  It was also the issue that most constituents contacted my office about, with over 3,000 constituents messages expressing support for keeping net neutrality rules.

Strengthening the Violence Against Women Act

I voted to pass H.R. 1585—a bipartisan, robust, long-term reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  The landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994 ushered in transformative progress by calling for the protection of all Americans from violence and abuse and working to ensure all victims and survivors have the support they need.  The VAWA reauthorization improves the services available for victims and survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and expands housing protections and financial assistance available for victims and survivors, among other provisions.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 262-158.  
Cosponsored Legislation

H.R. 9, Climate Action Now Act, which directs the President to develop a plan for the U.S. to meet its nationally determined contribution under the Paris Agreement.  It also prohibits any federal funds from being used to take any action to advance the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Agreement.

H.R. 1364, Child Care for Working Families Act, which would create universal access to quality early learning programs by ensuring that no family under 150 percent of state median income pays more than seven percent of their income on quality child care.  The bill would also increase funding for Head Start providers to expand to full-year, full-day programs that meet community needs.

H.R. 1884, Protecting Pre-existing Conditions & Making Health Care More Affordable Act of 2019, which aims to lower health insurance premiums, strengthen protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and stop insurance companies from selling junk health insurance plans.

Hosting Cyber Experts for Global Policy Series
Introducing the panel at the Global Policy Series Cyber event.

I hosted another event in my ongoing Global Policy Series, this time covering the complex topic of cyber issues.  The conversation addressed a growing concern nationally about cyber threats to our elections, our military, and our personal lives.  For this discussion, I invited some of San Diego’s best experts in the cyber field to participate and answer questions.  The conversation was moderated by Rear Admiral Ken Slaght, the director of the San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence and former Commander of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.  You can watch this event on my Facebook page by clicking here

Honoring Veteran with Purple Heart
Thanking Mr. Feigelson - an American hero - for his service and sacrifice.  

It was my distinct honor to present Herschel Feigelson with the Purple Heart for wounds received during the Korean War. Despite being shot, he helped his fellow wounded soldiers reach safety. After a bureaucratic issue delayed his award, he came to my office and we were able to finally get his Purple Heart. A grateful nation is thankful for his service and sacrifice for our country.

Joining Kids in Head Start
Talking education with little learners in Head Start. 

I had the opportunity to spend time with kids participating in the Neighborhood House Association’s Head Start programs.  Programs like these have a proven track record of success, and ensure that young children have the necessary support and resources needed for future success in school and beyond.

Fighting Hunger and Food Insecurity
Speaking about food insecurity in San Diego and how to address the issue.  

I joined with the San Diego Hunger Coalition and Hunger Advocacy Network as the keynote speaker for their annual legislative breakfast. This meeting brings together representatives from all levels of government with leaders from various local food security organizations to talk about hunger in San Diego and craft legislative solutions.
Navy Change of Command Ceremony
Discussing military issues at the Change of Command Ceremony.  

I attended the Change of Command Ceremony for Navy Region, Southwest (NRSW).  At the event, I had the opportunity to welcome San Diego’s next “Navy Mayor,” the newly appointed Commander of NRSW, Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar.  I also bid Rear Admiral Lindsey “fair wind and following seas” as he departs for Naples, Italy to take over as Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia.

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