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Dear Friend,

Spring is here and it’s time for another update from Congress!  Please see my E-newsletter below to find out what I have been doing in Washington and San Diego.

Warm regards,



Young Voices on Gun Violence

Since the tragedies in Parkland, Florida and most recently in St. Mary's County, Maryland, I have been proud to see so many young people coming out to make their voices heard.  These brave young people are demanding change from lawmakers.  It's clear that they've had enough and will no longer tolerate Congress’s inaction. 

I agree with them.  No student should ever have to worry about their safety at school.  We should be doing everything we can to make sure these tragedies don’t continue to happen.  Once again, I’m urging my colleagues to support research on gun violence and commonsense reforms to help prevent future tragedies.  Students shouldn’t have to ask for lawmakers to act – it’s our job to protect them.
 
Welcoming Afghan Women Leaders to the Capitol
Meeting with a delegation of Aghan officials in the Capitol.

I was honored to meet with Ambassador Mohib of Afghanistan and a delegation of Afghan women officials.  The delegation visited Washington to share how American investments in Afghanistan have benefited empowerment efforts for women in the country.  I support working toward empowering the women of Afghanistan because nothing is more important to global security than the development of human capital.

Supporting the Rights of Americans with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) opened doors and opportunities to millions of Americans living with disabilities. I voted against H.R. 620, The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, a bill which would weaken the ADA and make it harder for people with disabilities to access public buildings.

Disability advocates agreed that this bill would hurt vulnerable people who only seek the same access afforded to everyone else.  I heard from many constituents with disabilities and voted to support their civil rights.
 
Fighting Online Sex Trafficking

Since the creation of the internet, sex trafficking has increasingly moved from the streets to the web.  Currently, websites are able to sell people with impunity because courts have interpreted certain provisions in the law to shield websites from liability for facilitating sex trafficking.  This is a problem that needs to be addressed so prosecutors can effectively fight this awful crime and grant victims justice.

In a rare show of unity, the House passed H.R. 1865, Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017, with overwhelming support.  This bill amends the federal criminal code, establishes enhanced penalties, and clarifies existing law to allow enforcement of federal and state criminal law relating to online sex trafficking or exploitation.  I voted in favor of this bipartisan bill, which also passed in the Senate and is now on its way to becoming law.

Cosponsored Legislation

H.R. 3654, Special Counsel Independence Protection Act, a bill to limit the removal of a special counsel so he or she cannot be removed unilaterally.  The bill ensures a special counsel may only be removed if the Attorney General files an action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and files a contemporaneous notice of the action with the House and Senate Judiciary Committee.

H.R. 5011, Election Security Act, a new bill that aims to protect elections for public office by providing financial support and enhanced security for the infrastructure used to carry out such elections.  The bill comes after reports of Russian interference in the 2016 election were confirmed.

H.R. 5087, Assault Weapons Ban of 2018, a bill that amends the federal criminal code to make it a crime to knowingly import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess a semiautomatic assault weapon or large capacity ammunition feeding device.



Celebrating the New Mid-City Centerline
With Assemblymember Todd Gloria at the Centerline grand opening.

I was honored to join the mid-city community members, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), Caltrans, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and the Federal Transit Administration for the grand opening of the new Mid-City Centerline Rapid Transit Station. This project took over 30 years in planning and is San Diego’s first freeway-level transit station.

The Mid-City Transit System will run along State Route 15 at University Avenue and El Cajon Boulevard and contribute to the overall regional transportation system.  Projects and partnerships like these are important to the region and I will continue to fight in Congress to ensure that San Diego gets its fair share of infrastructure dollars.

San Diego has been facing new transportation challenges as the city’s population has continued to grow.  Increased traffic congestion, urban sprawl, and air pollution are some of the problems that this project aims to help address.

San Diego and Imperial Counties Regional Consortium
Speaking with CTE professionals from the San Diego region.

I had the opportunity to speak with leaders in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) field at the San Diego and Imperial Counties Regional Consortium Workforce Development Council retreat.  CTE professionals from ten San Diego-area community colleges convened to discuss past successes and opportunities for growth in career education.
 
Meeting with Indivisible in San Diego
Meeting with constituents who represent Indivisible in San Diego.

Meeting with constituents is a critical part of my job.  I recently met with constituents representing chapters of Indivisible in the 53rd District to discuss a variety of legislative issues.  Topics included gun reform, health care, and disaster relief funding.

Resources for Tax Season
 
Tax season is upon us once again.  Remember, the deadline to file your 2017 federal income tax return is Tuesday, April 17th, since April 15th falls on a Sunday. 

There are a number of free resources available to people who need help with filing.  The IRS Volunteer Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs provide complimentary assistance to taxpayers who qualify. 

To find free tax help near you, call (800) 906 - 9887 or go to the following website: https://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/.


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