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Dear Friend,

A lot has happened in Congress and our country since my last update.  We’ve had the State of the Union, a vote on the President’s national emergency declaration, and a vote on the first major gun safety legislation in years – just to name a few of the highlights.  Check out my newsletter below to see what I’ve been doing for the 53rd District in Washington and San Diego.

Warm regards,

Congress Passes Commonsense Gun Bill
Discussing gun safety reforms with former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.  

After years of inaction, Congress finally took action to address gun violence.  In a vote of 240-190, the House passed a bipartisan bill to expand background checks to all gun purchases.  I am a cosponsor of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and was proud to vote for passage of the bill.  

It is long past time that Congress offers more than just thoughts and prayers. This bill is a strong first step toward making our schools, workplaces, homes, and public spaces safer.  I spoke on the House floor in support of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act on the day of the vote.  You can watch my speech by clicking here.

House Votes to End Trump's Emergency Declaration
I joined a bipartisan House, which voted 245-182, to uphold the Constitution and end President Trump’s national emergency declaration to fund his border wall.  After failing to convince Congress and the American people to support his wall, Trump is attempting to bypass Congress by declaring a national emergency.

I'm concerned this move will take funding from our military and military families.  The White House identified $3.6 billion that could be reallocated from military construction funds for the border wall.  Former national security leaders have spoken candidly against the use of military dollars for this purpose.

Source: PoliticoPro

Nod to Women's Suffrage at State of the Union
Meeting with colleagues before the 2019 State of the Union.

We wore white to this year’s State of the Union address to honor women’s suffrage. A century ago, suffragists wore white as they fought for their right to vote.  2019 marks one hundred years since women gained that right.

Securing Funds to Address the Tijuana River Sewage Crisis

Last year, Senator Feinstein, Representatives Juan Vargas, Scott Peters, and I, along with Members of Congress representing the border regions of New Mexico and Texas, sent a letter to the Appropriations Committee requesting funding to address trans-border environmental issues across the 2,000-mile border between the United States and Mexico.  Through continued advocacy and prioritization, $15 million was allocated to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) U.S. – Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program.  The funding, which was signed into law, will go to priority projects identified by the EPA to rein in the sewage crisis in the Tijuana River Valley.

Cosponsored Legislation

H.R. 273, Presidential Tax Transparency Act of 2019, which would require all candidates for President and Vice President to release their tax returns for the past ten years.

H.R. 1146, Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act, which would repeal a provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that mandates new oil and gas exploration and development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  Oil and gas drilling pose a threat to certain native Alaskans and wildlife that live in the refuge.

H.R. 1185, FAMILY Act, which would establish a national paid leave insurance program to help keep new parents and family caregivers in the workforce.  The bill would also provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of partial income to address their own serious health conditions or medical emergencies, including pregnancy or childbirth.

H.R. 1423, Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act, which would make forced arbitration between individuals and corporations illegal.  This bill would protect consumers and workers against forced arbitration clauses that benefit corporations in legal disputes.  

Celebrating Black History Month
Meeting with Ms. Kathleen Harmon at the Women of Color Roar breakfast.

Last month, I had the honor of celebrating Black History Month while joining the incredible women of our community during the Indivisible WATU Women of Color Roar breakfast. At the event, I spoke of the great accomplishments of women who have entered government, specifically in the 116th Congress. I highlighted the continued need for representation and mentorship for women of color.  I also spoke with one of San Diego’s cherished leaders, Ms. Kathleen Harmon.  Ms. Harmon is a long-time resident of the San Diego community and advocate for education and economic social justice.

Meeting with Local Indivisible Chapters
Members of Indivisible chapters from around the district visited the local office.

Meeting with constituents is a critical part of my job.  Recently, I met with constituents representing Indivisible chapters in the 53rd District to discuss a variety of legislative issues, including the importance of H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2019.  I reassured them that I will continue to fight to increase access to the ballot box, end gerrymandering, and limit the influence of big money in politics.

Visiting High Tech High Chula Vista
Students from High Tech High Chula Vista at the San Diego office.

I alway enjoy hearing from students about the issues they care about most. I met with students from High Tech High Chula Vista's 11th grade humanities class to answer questions and share my thoughts on climate change and environmental justice. These creative students will be using transcripts from their interview to develop a play that will be performed live in North Park.

San Diego Human Society Center for Shelter Medicine
Visiting the new Center for Shelter Medicine at the San Diego Humane Society.

I shook paws with some furry friends and met the incredible staff who take care of them at the San Diego Humane Society's new Center for Shelter Medicine. I was inspired to see such dedicated individuals working to ensure that all animals in San Diego are treated with the utmost care, dignity, and respect.
Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who took my recent survey.  Here are the results!  

Total responses: 5,726

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