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Dear Friend,

It's a new year and a new Congress!  With the partial government shutdown over, Congress is ready to bring the focus back to our country's needs.  We've started the year off by introducing much needed legislation to change Washington and better serve the people.  Please read below for the latest updates!

Warm regards,



A New Congress Begins
116th Congress swearing-in with Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  

I'm excited to be part of this historic Congress led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. On swear-in day, the joy of seeing families, children, and a Congress that looks more like America was an honor and moment of optimism I will always cherish with gratitude to my constituents.

Partial Government Shutdown Ends

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees across the country missed paychecks in what became the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.  Over 35 days, we saw the damage the partial shutdown caused to American lives and our economy.  

On day one of the 116th Congress, the new House of Representatives passed bipartisan Senate bills to reopen the government and improve security at the border.  The House voted again and again to end the shutdown, passing multiple Senate bills to reopen all affected government agencies.  This included a package of six bills agreed to by House and Senate negotiators which contained $1.6 billion in key measures related to security at the border.  

As President Trump demonstrated, this shutdown was unnecessary and only hurt federal employees for political purposes.  I’m glad the president agreed to reopen the government and am hopeful that Congress can work out a plan to avoid another shutdown in the coming weeks.

I spoke on the House floor urging the Administration to end the shutdown immediately and pay our federal workers.  Click here to see my speech.

First Major Bill of the 116th Congress

Representative Sarbanes (D-MD) unveiled the first major bill of the 116th Congress, H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2019.  This is a comprehensive bill which aims to clean up government through campaign finance reform, election reform and ethics reform.  I am pleased that three of my election reform bills have been included—a bill to remove barriers to absentee voting, a bill to say the person who counts the ballots cannot actively participate on behalf of a candidate and a bill to let you track your absentee ballot like an overnight package.

With many states curtailing voting rights, it’s time for the federal government to exercise its constitutional responsibility and ensure Americans’ access to the ballot box. My bills would end arbitrary roadblocks to absentee voting and ensure those running our elections are free from conflict of interest. We have a responsibility to protect and strengthen our democracy for current and future generations.
 
Introducing Bill to Protect Door Delivery of Mail

I have heard overwhelming opposition to ending U.S. Postal Service door delivery.  This month, I reintroduced my bipartisan bill, H.Res. 23, that would put the House on record saying postal door delivery must not end.    

A move to stop door delivery of mail would be bad for postal customers, businesses, and the Postal Service. Seniors and people living with disabilities would be hit particularly hard.  If door delivery of mail ends, residents would be forced to pick up their mail at shared cluster mailboxes, many of which are in unsecured locations, poorly maintained and far from people’s homes.  In many older San Diego communities, neighbors do not want cluster boxes installed in their yards.

Cosponsored Legislation 

H.R. 8, Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, a bill to require a background check for every firearm sale.  The bill aims to utilize the current background checks process in the United States to ensure individuals prohibited from gun possession are not able to obtain firearms.

H.R. 67, Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act, a bill that requires federal employees and District of Columbia public employees furloughed due to a lapse in appropriations that begins on or about December 22, 2018, to be compensated at their standard rate of compensation for the period of such lapse as soon as practicable after such lapse ends.

H.R. 95, Homeless Veteran Families Act, a bill to ensure that children of homeless veterans are included in the calculation of the amounts of certain per diem grants.

H.R. 511, Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act, a bill to protect more victims of domestic violence by preventing their abusers from possessing or receiving firearms, and for other purposes. 




Allied in Fight Against Human Trafficking 
 Meeting with District Attorney Summer Stephan at her swearing-in ceremony.

I had the pleasure of attending the swearing-in for San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan. I've worked tirelessly with Summer to address and end human trafficking in San Diego.  In the last Congress, I was able to secure passage of my bill, Empowering Educators to Prevent Trafficking Act, that would allow school district to train their teachers on the signs of human trafficking. My bill was included in the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Act that was signed into law last year.

Celebrating a New Library in Mission Hills
 Joining participants in the Book Pass for the new library in Mission Hills.

The new Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Harley & Bessie Knox Branch Library opened to the public to a gathering of hundreds of excited community members. I participated in the Book Pass, handing books one by one from the previous building to the brand new library. I believe that libraries are more than simply a place for reading, they are timeless centers for our communities to learn, innovate, and explore.

Internship Opportunities in San Diego and Washington
Meeting with congressional interns in San Diego.  
 
Congressional internships are a great way to learn about government while developing tangible professional skills.  Full and part time internship opportunities are available in both my San Diego and Washington offices.  Click here to find out more about my office's internship program.

Government Shutdown Survey Results

I asked for your thoughts on the government shutdown and over 11,000 people responded.  Here are the results of my survey. Thank you to all who responded! Keep in mind, this is not a scientific survey.

Total Responses: 11,296 

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