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Dear Friend,

A lot has happened in Congress since my last update.  While the impeachment inquiry has taken the spotlight, the House has been busy passing important legislation, including two of my bills.  In the House Education and Labor Committee, I’ve been working with my colleagues on legislation to make college more affordable. 

See below for more information about what I’ve been doing for the 53rd District in Washington and at home.

Warm Regards,



Bolstering House Legal Team for Impeachment Inquiry

The investigation into the President’s dealings with Ukraine is now on full display as the House holds public hearings.  As a senior member of the House Administration Committee, I introduced a resolution (H.Res. 661) authorizing the Office of General Counsel of the House of Representatives to retain outside counsel in support of the ongoing impeachment inquiry of President Trump.  The resolution was passed by the House last week.

We need to have all the tools at our disposal to uncover the facts for the American people.  As the scope of the impeachment inquiry enters the next phase, this resolution will allow the House Counsel to obtain any necessary assistance of outside counsel to aid its office in this inquiry.  My resolution is a companion to H.Res. 660, which passed in the House last month, providing a clear path forward for open hearings on the President’s abuse of power.

Ensuring Veterans Receive Fairness in Housing Benefits

The House passed legislation that included my bill to ensure fair treatment of veterans and their families receiving housing assistance related to their GI Bill benefits.  I sponsored the Reserve and Guard GI Bill Housing Fairness Act (H.R. 4312), which will allow continued housing payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs with a veteran’s GI Bill education benefits even when a Reservist or Guardsman is called to active duty. Currently, VA housing aid stops when they go on active duty.

The issue was brought to my attention by a constituent, a first lieutenant in the Navy Reserve, who was told to repay his housing allowance because of a glitch in a new law intended to prevent double dipping — when a servicemember recieves two housing allowances.  The bill was included in the Protect the GI Bill Act (H.R. 4625), which passed the House unanimously.

Protecting U.S. Elections from Foreign Attacks

With the intelligence community in agreement that foreign adversaries continue to target U.S. elections, the House considered legislation that would strengthen protections to stop foreign attacks.  As a senior member of the House Administration Committee, I voted in support of the bipartisan SHIELD Act which will ensure our elections are protected from such attacks.

A key provision of the bill is a requirement for campaigns to report illicit offers of campaign assistance from foreign governments and their agents.  The SHIELD Act passed the House in a 227-181 vote.

Addressing College Affordability in Committee 

The House Committee on Education and Labor advanced the College Affordability Act – a bill to lower the cost of college, improve the quality of higher education through stronger accountability, and expand opportunity by providing students the support they need to succeed.  During consideration, the committee passed my amendment that would include the largest one-year increase in the value of Pell Grants in the history of the program.  I voted in favor of advancing the bill to the full House.
 
Cosponsored Legislation

H.R. 1370, Breast Cancer Patient Equity Act, which provides coverage for custom fabricated breast prostheses following a mastectomy. As more women receive mastectomies, it will be important to increase the number of options available for these women.  

H.R. 3114, Every Child Deserves a Family Act, which would prohibit any entity that receives federal child welfare funds from discriminating against children, youth, or prospective adoptive or foster parents based on religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.

H.R. 3328, Citizenship Affordability Act, which codifies the full fee waiver for fees related to naturalization; codifies and raises to 250 percent of the federal poverty level the partial fee waiver for the same fees; and requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to consider the receipt of means-tested benefits as evidence of eligibility for the fee waivers.



Honoring Our Nation's Veterans
Joining Rep. Scott Peters in honoring local hero.  

It’s always inspiring to see the community come together to honor our nation’s veterans. An inspirational program, with a flyover, at Mt. Soledad to honor a hero who saved untold lives, Kenton James Stacy, Senior Chief Petty Officer and EOD specialist. I was honored to join Rep. Scott Peters in presenting him with a joint Congressional Proclamation.

Friends of Balboa Park 19th Annual Awards Luncheon
Presenting Brianna Mirabile with a congressional recognition at the awards luncheon. 

I had the pleasure of presenting the Betty Peabody Emerging Young Leader Award to Brianna Mirabile at the Friends of Balboa Park 19th Annual Awards Luncheon. As a longtime friend of the arts, I am proud to support my constituents and recognize their contributions to the community.

Visiting Workshop for Warriors
Discussing issues that impact our servicemembers and veterans.

I toured Workshop for Warriors to discuss their impact on active duty military, veterans, and their local Barrio Logan community. The staff informed me of their growth and ambitious plans for the future. The workshop is a model vocational program helping San Diego — and the nation — meet the unique labor demands of 21st century.

Joining Students at Monte Vista High School
Answering students' questions about government and other issues.

I had a wonderful time visiting and speaking with 11th and 12th grade students at Monte Vista High School.  I answered their questions about government and other issues of the day.  Our conversation touched on many topics including gun violence, impeachment, civic engagement, and how I got started in government.
 
Covered California Open Enrollment Begins
Open Enrollment ends January 31, 2020.

The Covered California health insurance exchange is now open!  New financial help is available to more Californians than ever before.  If you or someone you know doesn’t have health care coverage, now is the time to act.  Visit CoveredCA.com to find the representative nearest you or use Covered California’s Help on Demand feature to have a certified enroller contact you. You can also sign up online at CoveredCA.com or call Covered California’s service center at (800) 300-1506. Open enrollment ends January 31, 2020.

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