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Dear Friend,

After a productive end to 2019, the House is back for its second session of the 116th Congress.  Since my last update, there have been significant events and major pieces of legislation passed.  We begin the year following the impeachment of the president, new tensions in the Middle East, and passage of nearly 400 bills in 2019.  Take a look below to see what I’ve been doing for the 53rd District in Congress and at home.

Warm regards,



Tensions Rise in Middle East, House Votes on War Resolution
 
In a move that surprised the world, the president ordered a strike killing Qasem Suleimani, Iran’s top military leader.  In response to rising tensions with Iran and lack of clear justification from the White House, the House of Representatives voted to restrict the president's ability to wage war with Iran unless Congress declares war or an attack against the United States is imminent.  

There is no doubt that Suleimani was responsible for countless deaths and violence, what is not clear is the Trump Administration’s justification and the strategy for the aftermath of this dangerous escalation.  When I voted against the Iraq War, I learned an important lesson we must ask every administration that seeks to use military force: how will it manage the consequences of its actions even if those actions can be justified. Has this administration done that? The answer is no.  That's why I joined my colleagues in voting for the resolution clarifying only Congress can declare war.  

I spoke on the House floor about the vote, which you can watch by clicking here.  I also discussed the implications of Suleimani's killing on MSNBC, which you can watch here

President Impeached by the House
Speaking on the House floor in support of impeachment.

After months of investigation and hearings on the President’s dealings with Ukraine, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump. The House passed two articles of impeachment, one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of Congress.  I spoke on the House floor in favor of the impeachment because I believe Congress has a responsibility to hold the President to account for wrongdoing. You can watch my speech by clicking here.  The articles of impeachment will now make their way to the Senate, where a trial will be held.  

House Passes Nearly 400 Bills in 1st Session of 116th Congress

While much attention was focused on the impeachment of President Trump, the House of Representatives maintained a productive first session of the 116th Congress. Since January 2019, the House passed nearly 400 bills, not including resolutions.

From raising the minimum wage to ensuring equal pay, the House passed legislation to improve the lives of millions of Americans. The House also passed legislation to protect and expand health coverage, bring down prescription drug prices, address gun violence, prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ Americans, fight climate change, protect Dreamers, restore voting rights, strengthen protections for domestic violence victims, bolster national defense, and fund the federal government.

Unfortunately, the majority of these bills have been held up in the Senate in what has been dubbed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's "legislative graveyard."  We will continue to demand the Senate take action on these important bills.  

Securing Funds to Address Sewage in the Tijuana River Valley

Working with House leadership, my colleagues in the San Diego Congressional Delegation and I were able to secure $300 million to address the cross-border sewage problem plaguing our beaches and the Tijuana River Valley through the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).  Funding from the trade agreement will be used for water infrastructure projects to help fix environmental issues along the US-Mexico border.  Increasing the capacity of the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant, for example, will allow the facility to treat more wastewater and stem the flow of cross-border sewage from the Tijuana River.  
 
Cosponsored Legislation

H.R. 1694, Native American Voting Rights Act of 2019, which would provide the necessary resources and oversight to ensure Native Americans have equal access to the electoral process. 

H.R. 5221, 100% Clean Economy Act, which would set a nationwide goal of achieving 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050, defined as net-zero climate pollution across the United States’ economy. The bill directs federal agencies to use existing authorities to cut carbon pollution and achieve the national long-term goal while remaining technology-neutral.

H.R. 5377, Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act, which would eliminate the marriage penalty for 2019 and eliminate the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction cap in 2020 and 2021.  This bill passed the House in December in a vote of 218-206.



Presenting Susan A. Davis Award for Workforce Development
Receiving recognition at the Workforce Frontiers Symposium.

I was humbled as the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s Workforce Frontiers Symposium presented their first ever Susan A. Davis Workforce Innovation Lifetime Achievement Award in my honor. This award will be presented annually to someone in San Diego County who has made a lasting impact on the community and exhibited a lifetime of commitment to supporting our region’s workforce.  I look forward to meeting with future recipients and learning from them about the various ways we can continue to invest in San Diego’s diverse labor force.

Leadership in Equality Award
Receiving award, joined by State Senator Toni Atkins and CEO Cara Dessert.

I was honored to receive the Leadership in Equality Award at the Benjamin F. Dillingham, III & Bridget Wilson LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor Ceremony for supporting LGBTQ+ service members, veterans, and the community.  In 2007, I was proud to lead the effort to end the discriminatory Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy while I was Chair of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee.  This resulted in the policy being repealed in 2010.

Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on Migrants
Discussing migrant issues, with Reps. Clarke, Lee, Bass, and Vargas. 

The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations held a field hearing in San Ysidro to discuss the migrant crisis at the U.S - Mexico border. I joined my colleagues at the hearing and heard from a former asylum officer, and experts from Amnesty International and Jewish Family Services on the challenges facing migrants and the need to end the Migrant Protection Protocols policy.
 
Meeting with Girl Scouts of San Diego
Meeting members of the local Girl Scouts at the District Office.

It was a pleasure to meet with the exceptional young women and team members of the Girl Scouts of San Diego. They shared the importance of engaging young people in service and making sure they have a space to build their courage, confidence, and character to make their neighborhoods a better place.

Visiting Naval Base Coronado's Coastal Campus
Discussing the progress being made at the Coastal Campus.

I visited Naval Base Coronado’s Coastal Campus at the Silver Strand Training Complex South.  I was impressed by the progress being made on this $1 billion investment in our Navy SEAL Teams.  These new facilities will serve an important role in supporting our Special Warfare operators and national defense strategy.

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