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Dear Friend,

It’s time for another update from Congress!  Recently, the House has seen action on gun violence prevention, public service loan forgiveness, and environmental protection.  Locally, I hosted another event in my Global Policy Series, this time on Iran.  Please see below to read more about what I’ve been doing in Washington and San Diego.

Warm regards,

Statement on Impeachment Inquiry

It is time to open an impeachment inquiry. To not move forward would make Congress complicit in the President's behavior. President Trump’s actions surrounding Ukraine epitomize his disregard for checks and balances as well as normal practices and protocols. It adds to a growing list of illegal acts and abuse of power showing that this President does not have either the capacity or the interest to follow the rule of law. Read my full statement here.  

Moving to Address Gun Violence

The House Education and Labor Committee marked up a bill requiring the Secretary of Education to collect data on school shootings and publish an annual report on school crime and safety.  As a senior member of the Committee, I voted in favor of bringing this bill before the full House.  The need for clear and accurate data on school shootings has never been more pressing.

Following the recent mass shootings in California, Texas and Ohio, I called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the Senate into session to vote on gun violence prevention legislation. I joined 213 of my House colleagues in sending a letter to the Majority Leader demanding that the Senate pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act, which were passed by the House over five months ago.

Hearing on Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

In response to high levels of student borrowers being rejected under the Department of Education’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, I held a hearing as Chair of the Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee on the failed implementation of the PSLF program.  The hearing looked into why the Trump Administration has failed to implement recommendations to improve the program and seek solutions to help borrowers. 

The Executive Branch’s implementation of this law, which was supported by both Democratic and Republican administrations, has not lived up to the high standard we should all expect.  Congress created the PSLF program in 2007 to encourage public service.  Unfortunately, the failure to properly implement the program has resulted in thousands of public servants being denied the benefit of loan forgiveness. In 2017, only 96 of 28,000 applicants received loan forgiveness - 99 percent rejection rate.  To watch the hearing, please click here.  
House Votes to Block Offshore and Arctic Drilling

The House voted on a package of three bipartisan environmental bills that ban future oil and gas drilling off our coasts and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).  The vote comes after President Trump vowed to open new oil and gas leasing in American waters, despite offshore drilling’s poor safety track record and the fact that coastal economies could be devastated by another Deepwater Horizon-type spill. 

I spoke on the House floor in favor of this legislation and voted to protect our coasts because offshore oil drilling is not the answer to our country’s energy challenges.  I also voted in favor of the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act to protect ANWR, as I have done in the past.  The bill repeals a provision in the 2017 Trump-GOP Tax Bill that opens up the coastal plain of ANWR to oil and gas leasing and development.

Cosponsored Legislation

H.R. 1225, Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act, which establishes, funds, and provides for the use of funds in a National Park Service and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund to address the maintenance backlog of the National Park Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Indian Education.

H.R. 2446, State Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act, which authorizes State and Tribal Opioid Response grant programs for five years.  The bill authorizes $1 billion per year to combat the opioid crisis through these grants, including $50 million for tribal grants.

H.R. 3192, the Improving Mental Health Access for Students Act
, which requires colleges and universities to provide the contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline; Crisis Text Line; and a campus mental health center, if applicable, on student identification cards.

H.Res. 561, Recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrating the heritage and culture of Latinos in the United States and the immense contributions of Latinos to the United States.

Global Policy Series: Iran
Introducing the speakers during the Global Policy Series on Iran.

This month, I hosted another event in my Global Policy Series, this time on Iran.  I was joined by a panel of experts that included an internationally recognized women’s rights advocate, a film and television actress, and a top policy analyst and contributor to several publications and news programs.  The discussion focused on the unpredictable U.S. - Iran relationship.  You can watch the event by clicking here.

Visiting U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego
Speaking with members of the U.S. Coast Guard

I had the privilege of visiting the United States Coast Guard Sector San Diego led by Sector Commander, CAPT Barelli. I toured the USCG operations center, embarked on a ’45 RB-M for a harbor tour, and received briefs on recent Coast Guard joint-interagency operations and community-based partnerships. I am grateful to the brave men and women of our local Coast Guard for the crucial work they do to combat human trafficking, conduct search and rescue missions, and keep our waterways safe.

Meeting with Consul General of Mexico
Meeting with Ambassador Carlos Gonzalez-Gutierrez.

I had the opportunity to sit down and welcome the new Consul General of Mexico to San Diego, Ambassador Carlos Gonzalez-Gutierrez. We discussed the importance of working together to promote and support our binational region.

Joining the Lumpia Club's Monthly Meeting
Joining members of the Lumpia Club to discuss issues in the community.

I joined the Lumpia Club's Monthly Meeting as their guest speaker. I gave a legislative update where I emphasized my current efforts and continued commitment to transparency in our elections, public safety, and healthy communities.
Thank you

Earlier this month, I announced that I will not pursue another term in Congress.  Since then, I have received so many kind messages and well-wishes from all across San Diego.  I have been so honored to represent the 53rd Congressional District for what soon will be twenty years. And I am immensely grateful to you for the repeated confidence you have shown in me.  To read my letter to constituents announcing my retirement, please click here

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