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Dear Friend,

The 116th Congress starts in January!  I am honored to be able to represent the 53rd district once again and am looking forward to upcoming opportunities in the new Congress. Please take a look at my newsletter below for updates from Washington and San Diego.

Warm regards,



Looking Forward to the a New Congress 
The House freshman class of the 116th Congress.
 
The 116th Congress will be historic in many respects thanks to its freshman class.  The incoming group of freshmen will be the most diverse ever elected to the House and Senate.  In January, 42 women will be sworn in as new members, bringing the total number of women in the 116th Congress to 126.  I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues, who bring much needed diverse perspectives to Congress.

As the 116th Congress commences, I will continue to serve as a strong leader on the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Education and the Workforce.  I will also be voting to support Nancy Pelosi as the next Speaker of the House on the first day of the new Congress. I am confident that Leader Pelosi has the leadership skills to unify the Democratic Caucus and pass legislation. We'll have no time to waste!  A preview of our legislative priorities include a government and elections reform bill, an infrastructure package, a bill to fund gun violence research, and proposals to curb the rising cost of drug prices, among others.  

House Freshman Orientation Presentation
Sharing tips about constituent services at the House Freshman Orientation.

I was honored to have been chosen to share my experience with constituent services during the House Freshman Orientation.  This new class of Representative-Elects was up early and asking questions that showed they are ready to get to work!  As the only woman on the panel, I was moved by the new energy that the incredible group of freshman women brought to the room.

Speaking at NATO Parliamentary Assembly
Presenting a report to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, I joined the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Halifax, Canada to present my report on Russian meddling in elections.  During the presentation, I told the group that Russian cyber interference comes largely in the form of disinformation specifically aiming to spread false information to undermine democratic institutions.  I also urged NATO member governments and parliaments to adopt measures such as regular risk assessments of election infrastructure and to consider mandating post-election security audits, among other initiatives.

Urging VA to Ensure Full Education Benefits for Veterans

Due to its failure to fully implement the Forever GI bill amid technological issues, the Department of Veterans Affairs is underfunding and delaying education benefits to veterans. I recently joined my colleagues in calling on the VA to remedy the problem and make sure veterans are fully reimbursed for lost benefits.  Our veterans should not be shortchanged on their education benefits because of a computer glitch.  These benefits are a promise we made to servicemembers and this promise must be kept. The VA needs to make whole the benefits these veterans have earned.  To read the full letter, click here.  
 
2018 Constituent Mail Issue of the Year: Immigration

Of all the most pressing issues this year, constituents contacted me most about immigration issues.  Since January, I have received over 750 letters on topics ranging from funding for the border wall to asylum seekers and refugees.  Despite varying opinions, constituents of the of the 53rd district overwhelmingly opposed many of the Trump administration’s immigration policies.  For example, I received 468 constituent letters denouncing the administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy of separating families at the border.



Touring Local Apprenticeships with the Ironworkers
Visiting the Ironworker Training Center with the Ironworkers Local 229.

Recently, I had the opportunity to tour the Ironworker Training Center with the Ironworkers Local 229.  The training center provides hands-on training opportunities for apprentices to fine-tune their skills before going to a work site. 

At the center, I met with coordinators from apprenticeship programs across San Diego County and discussed how apprenticeship programs could be expanded and improved across the country.  This year, I introduced the APPRENTICE Act, a bill which would establish a $50 million grant program to expand apprenticeships.

Joining the "Beats into Bridges" Workshop for Girls
Speaking with young women at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace after giving remarks. 

I was honored to join the San Diego Diplomacy Council and the International Rescue Committee at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace for their “Beats into Bridges” dance workshop.  The workshop centered on themes of identity, self-confidence, and female empowerment with the goal of building relationships among girls of different faiths and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Chula Vista Veterans Home's 17th Annual Veterans Walk
Meeting with veterans during the kickoff for the Veterans Walk in Chula Vista.  

I joined the Chula Vista Veterans Home to kick off their 17th Annual Veterans Walk, an event to raise funds for resident veterans to attend a holiday dinner. Supporting our veterans, active duty servicemembers, and their families continues to be a top priority for me in Congress. I thank and appreciate our veterans for their courage and sacrifice on behalf of our nation.

Visiting Newly Opened Navy Women's Health Clinic
Speaking with attendees of the ribbon-cutting ceremony.  

I recently attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Comprehensive Women's Health Clinic at the Naval Branch Health Clinic, Naval Training Center. This innovative clinic addresses the unique health needs of female servicemembers and dependents in a patient-centered manner, integrating prenatal, primary care, mental health, and force readiness.
 
Covered California Open Enrollment
Open enrollment ends on January 15, 2019. 

There is still time to get health insurance through Covered California.  Open enrollment for health insurance began on October 15, 2018, and runs until January 15, 2019.  You can call (800) 300-1506 or visit CoveredCA.com to find Certified Insurance Agents, Certified Enrollment Counselors, and other representatives across the state by zip code.  As always, my office is available to answer any questions you may have.

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San Diego, CA 92116
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