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Dear Friend,

It’s time for another update from Congress!  Since my last E-news, we’ve had major votes on the House floor.  I’ve also visited troops and women leaders in Afghanistan, chaired a Congressional field hearing in San Diego, and hosted an art competition for students of the 53rd District.  Check below to see what I’ve been doing in Washington and San Diego.

Warm regards,

House Passes Anti-Discrimination Bill, the Equality Act
Holding a press conference in support of the Equality Act.

Fairness and equality are core American values. I joined my colleagues in support of H.R. 5, the Equality Act, to strengthen anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans under the law.  The bill passed the House in a bipartisan vote of 236-173. The Equality Act includes my bill, H.R. 874, the Juror Non-Discrimination Act, to prohibit the removal of a person from a jury due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

House Passes First Major Climate Bill in Nearly a Decade

Climate change is a worldwide crisis and requires worldwide cooperation. In a vote of 231-190, the House passed H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, to block President Trump from pulling America out of its commitment to the Paris Agreement.  Although the president announced his intent to withdraw from the agreement, the U.S. cannot formally withdraw until 2020.  This was the first major climate bill to pass the House in nearly a decade and I was proud to vote for it.  Our children are watching and their future depends on us.

Introducing Portable Certification of Spouses Act
Speaking about the need to improve license portability for military spouses. 

Multiple moves by servicemembers often negatively impact the ability of military spouses to sustain fulfilling careers. Spouses with licenses or certifications often must re-apply in each new state, resulting in high costs, administrative delays, and significant periods of unemployment that add to the stress of military service. I joined in introducing the Portable Certification of Spouses Act, which would improve license portability and allow military spouse entrepreneurs to keep small businesses registered in one state as they move. I am grateful to our military spouses and am proud to stand with them.

Leading Annual Mother’s Day Trip to Afghanistan
Speaking with our troops after delivering Mother’s Day cards.

Every year around Mother’s Day, I lead a bipartisan group of women Members of Congress to Afghanistan to visit our troops and the Afghan women working to make their country a stable and sustainable democracy. We bring Mother’s Day cards made by San Diego students to the military moms. We are briefed by U.S. Commanders and Afghan leaders on the progress being made. These trips are always a privilege to thank those serving America.
Cosponsored Legislation

H.R. 864, Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act, which would support wildlife conservation, improve anti-trafficking enforcement, and provide dedicated funding at no expense to taxpayers.  The bill would use revenue generated from fines for violations of several conservation laws to fund anti-trafficking enforcement and rewards to whistleblowers who give information leading to arrests or criminal convictions.

H.R. 1327, Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which would fully fund the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and reverse cuts while also extending the fund’s life.  The VCF is running out of money and is now making severe cuts to payouts to sick and injured 9/11 responders and survivors.  It is also set to expire next year. 

H.R. 2708, Disarm Hate Act of 2019, which would prohibit the buying or possession of guns for individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor-level hate crime, or received an enhanced sentence for a misdemeanor crime after a judicial finding that they acted with hate or bias motivation.

Tragedy in Poway
Mourners gather at a vigil in Poway on the day after the tragedy.

As members of our Jewish community in San Diego observed the final day of Passover, a 19-year-old armed with an assault weapon stormed into the Chabad of Poway synagogue shouting anti-Semitic slurs, shooting and killing beloved community member Lori Gilbert-Kaye and leaving three more people injured.  The date marked six months since the tragedy at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.  Acts like these remind us of the hate, bigotry, and intolerance that we continue to face today. Hate and violence have no place in society.  We need to say never again and act.

I spoke on the House floor to honor the victims of the shooting and stand against anti-Semitism and hate of all kinds.  You can view the full speech by clicking here.

Congressional Field Hearing on Veteran Students
Listening to witnesses during the field hearing on veteran students.   

As Chair of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment, I chaired a Joint Congressional Field Hearing entitled “Protecting Those Who Protect US: Ensuring the Success of our Student Veterans.” The hearing took place at Grossmont Community College and was also attended by Representatives Mark Takano (CA), Mike Levin (CA), and Susie Lee (NV).  Witness testimony focused on how we can better protect our veteran students and ensure they are receiving quality outcomes when using their GI Bill and other educational benefits.  In Congress, I am committed to continuing to look for ways to better support the educational needs of veterans and ensure that predatory universities and colleges are unable to rob service members of their much-deserved and hard-earned benefits.

Art Competition Winner: Fizzah Arshad
Ms. Arshad's winning piece, "Make Believe."  

I was thrilled to host the 2019 Congressional Art Competition in one of America’s finest cultural treasures - Balboa Park. This year the event was held at the San Diego History Center, home to one of the largest regional photography and data collections in the United States.  After careful consideration from the judges, this year’s winner is Fizzah Arshad from Otay Ranch High School for her piece “Make Believe.” Fizzah’s artwork will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building Complex in Washington, DC. Fizzah received various prizes including two plane tickets to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony in Washington in June. 

Jewish Family Service's Heart and Soul Gala
Meeting with Michael Hopkins, Director of Jewish Family Service of San Diego.

I joined with Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s Director, Michael Hopkins, at their annual Heart & Soul Gala.  The event honored two dedicated community partners, the Balboa Avenue Older Adult Center and the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties. Tragic events like the shooting at the Chabad of Poway reaffirm that we are truly stronger when we are united.
Climate Change Survey Results

Recently, I asked constituents about their thoughts on climate change and the Paris Agreement.  Here are the results of my survey.*  

Do you believe the U.S. should maintain its commitment to the Paris Agreement?

Yes               3916    (70.5%)
No                1461    (26.3%)
Not sure       176    (3.2%)

How concerned are you about climate change?

Very concerned              3812    (68.6%)
Somewhat concerned    646    (11.6%)
Not concerned               1065    (19.2%)
Not sure                         30    (0.5%)

Which actions do you think Congress should take to address the climate crisis? (select multiple)

Create a carbon fee for fossil fuels and heavy polluters            2668    (15.9%)
Phase out fossil fuels and promote renewable energy              3510    (21%)
Invest in public transportation and provide electric vehicle tax incentives    3233    (19.3%)
Promote energy efficiency and green technology                     3857    (23%)
Pass the Green New Deal resolution                                        2017    (12%)
Other/Not sure                                                                          1466    (8.8%)

Total Responses: 5,553

* This is not a scientific survey.

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