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Dear Friend,

It's time for another update from Congress.  This month, I'll be covering everything from the omnibus spending bill to local visits and meetings.  Read below to find out what I've been doing as your representative in Washington and San Diego.

Warm regards,



Congress Moves on Budget Funding

After months of budgetary showdowns and short-term budgets, Congress worked together to pass an omnibus spending bill, a large spending package that covers multiple budget areas.  The $1.3 trillion omnibus bill covers defense and non-defense priorities through the end of September, when the federal government’s Fiscal Year 2018 ends. Some of the highlights include:
  • $3 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which conducts life-saving and life-improving medical research. 
  • $2.4 billion increase for the Community Development Block Grant program, a federal funding program for cities and local governments.
  • $1 billion increase for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER), a grant program that provides funding for transportation infrastructure projects and ensures that project spending is monitored and transparent.

I was glad to see crucial programs receive adequate funding. Last year, I led a letter requesting a funding increase for NIH in the FY18 omnibus.  This funding ensures that we continue to make investments in scientific and medical research while supporting thousands of jobs, including in San Diego.

Currently, I am leading an effort to increase education funding for the FY19 budget.  Joined by many of my colleagues, I led a number of letters on teacher training, helping high school students prepare for higher education, protecting funding for schools impacted by tax-exempt federal property, and school leadership.

Speaking Out for Student Loan Borrowers

As the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education, I have been speaking out against the Department of Education’s move to prevent states from protecting student loan borrowers.  Recently, loan servicers lobbied Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to prevent states from imposing rules and regulations on the student loan industry, fearing too much oversight.

The Department of Education’s top priority should be to protect students, not those who service their loans.  It’s bad enough the Department has turned a blind eye to going after unethical servicers, now it is moving to block states that want to protect student loan borrowers.  I will continue to speak out against this move and reject any proposal that hurts students.

Education Committee Members Hold School Safety Forum
Listening to experts and victims of gun violence.

I joined my Democratic colleagues in holding a forum on school safety and gun violence prevention. Members of the Education and Workforce Committee heard from school experts and witnesses, which included emotional testimony from a teacher who protected her students during the shooting in Parkland, Florida. After the forum, I thanked the panel for their thoughts and ideas on how to ensure our schools are safe places for learning. 

Locally, I was encouraged to see so many young people come out to make their voices heard on this issue.  I have spoken with many of the students, parents and gun violence prevention advocates in the district who all want Congress to ban the sale of assault weapons, close the background check loophole and prohibit the sale of high-capacity magazines.  I am a proud cosponsor of legislation that does just that.

Since the tragedies in Parkland and more recently in St. Mary's County, Maryland, I have been urging my colleagues to listen to students and hold hearings on the subject of school safety and gun violence prevention.  I will continue to do what I can to ensure that Congress takes action on these important issues.

 
Pride Flag Lawsuit Dismissed
The pride flag displayed with the U.S. and California flags.

A frivolous lawsuit against me for displaying a pride flag outside my Washington, D.C. office has been dismissed by a federal court. Lawsuits attacking equality only strengthen my resolve to fight to fulfill our nation’s principles of liberty, freedom, and equality.



Understanding the North Korean Crisis
Speaking to constituents before the event.

I held a panel discussion at San Diego State University to help constituents better understand the North Korean crisis.  A panel of scholars shared incredible insights regarding North Korea’s nuclear capabilities, prospects for denuclearization, and North Korea’s relationship with China and recent diplomatic developments.  The audience asked great questions and our experts delivered thorough answers. 

Thank you to the panel and the over two hundred people who attended.  If you missed it, you can see the entire panel discussion on my Facebook page by clicking here.
 
2018 Congressional Art Competition
Art hangs in the Cannon Tunnel to the Capitol.

I am excited to announce the 2018 Congressional Art Competition!  Each year, I hold a contest in the district to choose a winning piece of art by a high school student to be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC as the representative of the 53rd Congressional District. The district winner, along with winners from around the country, help brighten the Cannon Tunnel while showcasing their talent.

As the former director of a youth leadership program in San Diego, I know that young people are often the most thoughtful and creative members of our community. This contest offers a national platform for displaying that creativity. I hope that high school students with all artistic backgrounds from the 53rd Congressional District will participate. 

Artwork for this year's competition is due in my San Diego office by Thursday, April 26th at 5:30 p.m.

Visiting with Meals on Wheels
Seeing the importance of programs like Meals on Wheels firsthand. 

I visited the home of Jeanne and Leland, with Meals on Wheels volunteer, Martha. Programs such as this are key to improving quality of life and independence for our seniors. Despite the threat of cuts to Meals on Wheels, I voted to secure an increase for this critical funding.

Meeting with Navy Spouse of the Year
Meeting Brian Alvarado in San Diego. 

I met with Brian Alvarado, the first LGBT Navy Spouse of the Year, to discuss the excellent work he is doing to encourage military spouse employment and support policies that benefit all military families. I support programs that assist military spouses with employment challenges and was pleased to learn about Brian's efforts.
 

Visiting the Boys & Girls Club

Celebrating with children from the Boys & Girls Club. 

I visited the Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA) to celebrate their local launch of the Better Together Military Public-Private Partnership.  The program seeks to raise awareness in San Diego regarding the BGCA's efforts to support military families.  It was wonderful to speak to these amazing and bright kids about their experiences and to hear their concerns.
 
Finding Bipartisan Solutions to Address Climate Change
Meeting with Citizens' Climate Lobby in San Diego.

I met with the Citizens' Climate Lobby, a non-partisan advocacy group based in San Diego, and discussed bipartisan solutions to address climate change. I agree that we must work together to create a cleaner planet for future generations.

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