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Dear Friend,

A lot has happened in Congress since my last email to you.  From the State of the Union to a new budget resolution and several community events, I've kept the 53rd district in mind.  Please see my E-newsletter below for recent updates from Washington and the San Diego community.

Warm regards,



Tragedy in Florida

I was heartbroken by news of the horrific tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This is just the latest example of an increasingly urgent problem that government leaders refuse to address.  How many lives must be senselessly taken before Congress decides to act?

When parents send their children to school, they expect them to be safe.  Since Sandy Hook, more than 430 people have been killed in 230 school shootings.  These numbers are not only shocking, they’re outrageous and unacceptable.  Congress has a responsibility to act.  As a senior member of the House Education Committee, I am calling for congressional hearings on this issue now because no parent should ever have to worry about the safety of their children at school.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Congress needs to do more to address the problem of gun violence.  I have called on my colleagues, time and again, urging them to support research and common-sense reforms.  I will continue to work toward this goal to help prevent future tragedies like this one from happening again.

Increasing Deficit in Budget Deal

Congress passed a budget deal to reopen the government after a short shutdown that lasted a few hours.  Despite a respect for the bipartisan nature of the recent budget agreement and some critical issues it addresses, I'm alarmed by the exploding deficits it creates.  This budget will increase spending by hundreds of billions of dollars at a time when federal revenue will decrease. 

Equally unacceptable is the failure of the Republican speaker to do what his Senate counterpart agreed to: allow an opportunity for the people’s representatives to openly address the commitment and futures of our Dreamers who live and espouse American values.  I voted no on this budget resolution because I believe Congress can and should do better.

Recognizing #MeToo at the State of the Union
Speaking with Jenna Ben-Yehuda before attending the State of the Union.
 
I attended the State of the Union address with my guest, Jenna Ben-Yehuda.  Ms. Ben-Yehuda, a former State Department official, helped launch the #metoonatsec movement, highlighting stories of women working in national security.

In November, over 200 women who work on national security signed an open letter – co-authored by Ms. Ben-Yehuda – about surviving or knowing someone who experienced sexual harassment and assault. The letter called on national security agencies to make meaningful changes so that the women who keep our nation safe can be safe at work.

I was honored to have Jenna as my guest and I thanked her for her efforts in helping bring the #MeToo movement to the women who work in national security.
 
Cosponsored Legislation


H.R. 4099, the Homeless Veteran Families Act, provides the Department of Veterans Affairs with the authority to pay a partial per diem to Grant Per Diem providers supporting our nation’s homeless veterans with children. For each child, the provider would receive per diem at a 50% rate for each of the minor dependents accompanying the veteran.

H.R. 4548, the WAGE Act, a new bill that streamlines the National Labor Relations Act to protect workers’ rights involving union representation, including rights to organize and collectively bargain for improved wages, hours, or other terms and conditions of employment.

H.Con.Res. 63, a resolution calling for a bold investment in our nation’s aging infrastructure.  The resolution expresses that Congress should invest in creating millions of new jobs through investments in roads, bridges, and 21st century projects.




Honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 
 Attending Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations throughout the district.
 
In January, I had the honor of celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday by attending several community events paying tribute to his legacy. His dedication to seeking freedom, justice, equality and opportunities for African-Americans, as well as those who followed his path, helped bridge divided communities and create a strong, continued dialogue in this country.

I was proud to attend the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, USS Midway Museum 6th Annual MLK breakfast, United African American Ministerial Action Council (UAAMAC) Community Breakfast, and Alliance San Diego's All People's Celebration with community leaders and other elected officials.

This month is Black History Month, which is celebrated in part by honoring the important contributions and achievements of African-Americans throughout our nation's history. I look forward to continuing the march toward equality and ensuring that the voices of all my constituents are heard in Washington.

New Tax Law Forum
 Listening to constituents discuss their concerns during forum on new tax law.
 
In response to the many questions and concerns constituents shared about the new tax law, I hosted a taxpayer information forum as a public service. 

The Tax Law and You: Q&A forum at Grossmont College brought together a panel of tax experts to discuss the impact of the tax bill on residents of San Diego County.  The panelists included a tax law professor from the University of San Diego, a representative from the Franchise Tax Board, a certified public accountant, and a local community advocate.

Attendees also had an opportunity to meet with a number of organizations that provide free taxpayer assistance.  These organizations included the Taxpayer Advocate Service, California Franchise Tax Board, International Rescue Committee, Dreams for Change, and Alliance for African Assistance.

Volunteering to Fight Homelessness
Listening to Jesse tell his story during the We All Count Homeless Survey.
 
Recently, I joined over 1,500 volunteers throughout the county to help count and survey our local homeless population in order to better serve their needs and put an end to the homeless crisis.  In Congress, I will continue fighting to protect vital funding to help end homelessness.
 
Holocaust Remembrance Day
Preparing to paint a butterfly for International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I attended a screening of the film "NOT the Last Butterfly" at the San Diego History Center. Viewers of the film were encouraged to paint a butterfly of their own, symbolizing new life to help memorialize the 1.5 million kids who perished in the Holocaust.

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