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Dear Friend,

It's time for another update from Congress!  Last month saw a final push in Washington to fund to the federal government and pass legislation.  And this month, I had the opportunity to hold events in the San Diego area and meet with constituents around the 53rd District.  Please see below to read my E-newsletter.

Warm regards,



Congress Avoids Government Shutdown

Congress passed a number of spending bills to fund the federal government and avoid another shutdown.  The president signed the $854 billion spending package just before the September 30 deadline, despite earlier threats to veto any bill that did not include funding for his border wall.  I was glad to see members of Congress put aside differences to work on this issue together and pass a spending bill in time for the new fiscal year, which began on October 1.

House Passes FAA Reauthorization Bill

The House of Representatives passed a reauthorization bill that would fund the Federal Aviation Administration for five years in a bipartisan vote of 398-23.  The bill includes a provision to allow regulators to set minimum standards for leg room and seat size on airplanes due to safety concerns.  

The 2,000-page funding bill also requires a government study on whether shrinking or reducing bathrooms in favor of more seats on board airplanes creates problems for passengers accessing the restrooms.  I joined the majority of my colleagues in voting yes on the bill.

Working to Create Opportunities for Students
Discussing the importance of bipartisanship in Congress.

I joined the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC to discuss the importance of working across the aisle on behalf of our students. As a senior member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, I spoke about my efforts to promote college affordability, equity in education, and quality apprenticeships.  Recently, I introduced the bipartisan APPRENTICE Act, a bill that would promote the expansion of apprenticeships across the country.
 
Perfect Score for Supporting Equality

Human Rights Campaign released its legislative scorecard measuring support for equality in the 115th Congress.  I was honored to receive a perfect score of 100 for supporting several bills in Congress that promote equality.  Whether it's leading the fight to end Don't Ask Don't Tell or joining to secure marriage equality or working to overturn Trump's discriminatory transgender ban in the military, I remain dedicated to being on the frontlines in the struggle for full equality.

Cosponsored Legislation

H.R. 1147, Fair and Equal Housing Act, which would provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people in housing by adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected characteristics under the Fair Housing Act.

H.R. 6649, 3D Printed Gun Safety Act of 2018, which amends chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the publication of 3D printer plans for the printing of firearms.  3D-printed guns pose a significant public safety risk because they could be made undetectable and untraceable.

H.R. 6885, Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies (CECIL) Act, a bill that would prohibit import and export of any species listed or proposed to be listed as a threatened species or endangered species.



Global Speaker Series: Understanding US–China Relations
Making opening remarks during the U.S.-China panel discussion.

I hosted another successful panel discussion as part of my ongoing Global Policy Speaker Series. Partnering with experts from the 21st Century China Center at UCSD, the event focused on U.S.-China relations.  The expert panel discussed topics ranging from economics and trade to military and security issues between the U.S. and China.  Click here to watch.

Service Academy Information Night
Speaking to students and parents about our nation's service academies.  

I held a Service Academy Information Night for students interested in serving our country and attending our nation's prestigious military academies.  Each year, I bring together academic advisers from each of the academies, along with advisers from local ROTC programs, to answer questions and provide resources for high school students and their families.  It is a great privilege to be able to nominate worthy candidates to attend our nation's service academies.
 
Protecting Mail Delivery
Meeting with local letter carriers in North Park.

I joined local letter carriers in denouncing Trump's plan to privatize the United States Postal Service. I am opposed to this proposal because if mail gets privatized, private companies may drive up prices on businesses and consumers and that would be bad news. Employees and customers would get the short end while the president's rich friends on Wall Street would reap the rewards.  Click here to read my statement.

Visiting Our Local Schools
Speaking to a class of 12th grade students at Eastlake High School.

I had thoughtful discussions with two bright classes at Eastlake High School and the San Diego School of the Creative and Performing Arts. These visits always inspire me to ensure we are doing all we can to provide our children with a world class education.

National Commission on Service Roundtable
Discussing the importance of service with members of the commission.

I participated in a roundtable with the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service.  The commission was created by Congress to consider methods to increase participation in military, national, and public service and to review the military selective service process.

This event was a part of a series of public events the commission is hosting across the nation throughout 2018 and 2019.  During the roundtable, I spoke to the commissioners about ways that we can increase participation in national service programs.

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