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Dear Friend,

It’s time for another update from Congress!  This month in Washington, we worked on several key issues, from emergency funds for the border to national defense.  In San Diego, I held another event in my Global Policy Series and a roundtable discussion on healthcare.  Take a look below to see what we’ve been doing in Congress for the 53rd District.

Warm regards,



Addressing the Humanitarian Crisis at the Border
Speaking on the House floor in support of humanitarian assistance at the border.

The House and Senate passed an emergency funding bill to address the humanitarian crisis at the southern border.  The bill provides $4.5 billion in emergency spending for humanitarian priorities including food, water, medical services, support services for unaccompanied children, and refugee services.  In addition, it provides resources to alleviate overcrowding in Customs and Border Protection facilities and includes funding for a multi-agency pilot program to improve the efficiency of processing migrants.

I spoke on the House floor in support of the humanitarian funding included in the package and voted for the bill because of the dire need to get resources to detained children as fast as possible.  For me, this fight is not over.  The Administration should do the right thing and properly care for detained migrant families, who ultimately should be reunited and released from custody.  You can see my speech by clicking here.  

Armed Services Committee Considers Defense Bill

The House Armed Services Committee took up consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the bill that authorizes our military and national defense.  During the marathon markup session, a number of my amendments passed in Committee and were added to the bill.  

My amendments will improve our military, provide critical benefits to our men and women in uniform, and help with recruitment and retention.  My additions to the NDAA included amendments on apprenticeships for military construction, tracking absentee ballots for overseas servicemembers, early wildfire detection using space-based satellites, family leave for military parents, and a study on healthcare for sexual assault victims.  The bill will be considered by the full House in July.  To see a full list of all my amendments added to the NDAA, click here.  

Introducing Bill to End Child Summer Hunger

This month, I introduced legislation to tackle the serious problem of child hunger impacting families in the summer months.  During the school year, millions of children from low-income families get free or reduced-priced meals at school, so they can get the nutrition they need to learn in class.  But when school is out for the summer, many of those same kids lose access to regular meals—and many go without the nutrition they need to live healthy lives. 

In San Diego County, over 90,000 students who benefit from nutritious, affordable school meals during the academic year miss out on similar meals during the summer.  That’s why I introduced the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act, a bill that would provide families who have children eligible for free and reduced-price school meals with an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card.  Click here to learn more about this bill.

The American Dream and Promise Act Passes in the House
 
The House passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, in a bipartisan vote of 237-187.  The bill extends protection to certain individuals with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).  I voted in support of this bill because I believe immigrants who have lived much of their lives in the United States and are contributing to our country in immeasurable ways should be protected.  
 
Cosponsored Legislation

H.Res. 109, Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.  This resolution calls for the creation of a Green New Deal with the goals of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions; establishing millions of high-wage jobs; investing in infrastructure and industry; securing clean air and water, climate and community resiliency, healthy food, access to nature, and a sustainable environment for all.

H.R. 763, Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019, which would create a fee on the carbon content of fuels or other products derived from fuels that emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.  Collected fees would be deposited into a Carbon Dividend Trust Fund and would be returned to U.S. citizens or lawful residents as dividend payments. 

H.R. 2655, Purple Heart Freedom to Work Act, a bill that would raise the current monthly disability benefit for combat-disabled veterans from $1,220 per month to $2,040 per month. It also ensures that disabled combat veterans do not lose their Social Security disability benefits in cases when earned income exceeds the current low threshold. 

H.R. 3076, Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act, which would ensure that every state in the country has an extreme risk law to prevent gun violence.  Extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs) empower law enforcement to ensure that those who pose a threat to themselves or others do not have access to firearms.



Global Policy Series: Climate
Introducing the panelists at the Global Policy Series event on Climate.

I hosted another event in my ongoing Global Policy Series, this time on Confronting Climate Impacts on Security, the Economy, and Our Lives.  I invited a panel of experts from the Southern California Coastal Observing System, the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaption at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, SDSU, UCSD and Stanford University.  During the event, expert panelists discussed the very real threats that we face globally if we do not act on climate change mitigation.  Click here to watch the full event.

I strongly believe that we must take concrete steps to address climate change before it’s too late.  That’s why I am a cosponsor of the Climate Action Now Act, Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, and the Driving America Forward Act, all of which would make significant progress toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  At the event, I announced my intention to cosponsor the Green New Deal resolution for its inspirational vision on climate action and strong support in the community.

Hosting Roundtable on Affordable Healthcare
Discussing the need to protect those with pre-existing conditions. 

I held a roundtable discussion with providers from all around San Diego County where we discussed how the Affordable Care Act has positively affected the lives of their patients. In Congress, I will continue to fight for the protections provided by the ACA and make sure we don’t return to a time where Americans were denied healthcare coverage because they had pre-existing conditions.

Honoring the Fallen on Memorial Day
Honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day.

On Memorial Day, I participated in a neighborhood event that honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom and democracy. I am always inspired to see so many communities across San Diego come together to honor those we have lost.

Contempt of Congress Survey Results*

This month, the House voted to hold Administration officials who fail to comply with congressional subpoenas in civil contempt of Congress.  I asked constituents what they thought about Congress’s role in keeping a check on the executive.  Here are the results.  

Do you think Congress is taking the proper steps to provide a check on the executive?
 
Yes, Congress is doing the right thing                                                          1013    (24.5%)
Yes, but Congress should do more                                                               1723    (41.7%)
No, Congress should provide a check on the executive but not this way      298    (7.2%)
No, Congress should end its investigations                                                  1034    (25%)
Not sure/Other                                                                                               62       (1.5%)

Do you believe the Mueller Report provides sufficient evidence of wrongdoing?

Yes              2464    (59.7%)
No               1241    (30%)
Not sure      425      (10.3%)

Are you concerned that Administration officials may be blocking investigations to hide or cover up wrongdoing?

Yes            2781   (67.3%)
No             1244   (30.1%)
Not sure    105     (2.5%)

If investigations provide sufficient evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors, do you believe the President should be impeached?

Yes            2757   (66.8%)
No             928     (22.5%)
Not sure    445     (10.8%)

Total Responses:  4,182

* This is not a scientific survey.

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