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Dear Friend,

As Congress reconvenes following the August district work period, the stakes could not be higher.  The Senate is considering a Supreme Court nominee about whom I have serious concerns and Congress is working to avoid another government shutdown. 

See my newsletter below to find out what I’ve been doing for the 53rd Congressional District in Washington and San Diego.

Warm regards,

Funding the Federal Government

The House and Senate passed a bipartisan bill that would fund the Department of Energy, the Department of Veterans Affairs, military construction and Congress.  The bill provides funds for the new VA Mission Act, which consolidates programs to allow veterans to receive private care coordinated by the VA.  It also increases funding for the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and boosts funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.  

Congress will need to approve further funding to prevent another government shutdown at the end of the month.  Lawmakers are currently working on a spending package that would fund the government through December 7.  This includes funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which President Trump has threatened to veto if it fails to pay for his proposed border wall with Mexico.  Susan will be working with her colleagues to avoid a government shutdown without spending money on Trump’s wall.
Opposing the Supreme Court Nominee

Susan joined her colleagues in calling for a delay of any confirmation vote of Judge Brett Kavanaugh until after a thorough investigation of the disturbing allegations of sexual assault by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Susan has expressed deep concerns and strong opposition to the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court based on his record and public statements.  However, she believes this new information must be looked into by the FBI, followed by the ability of the Senate Judiciary Committee to question witnesses.  

Susan also expressed concerns about the Senate holding a confirmation hearing before the Mueller investigation is completed.  The president is currently under criminal investigation and is urging the Senate to quickly confirm a justice who could potentially decide his fate. 

Hearing on Expanding Apprenticeships
Speaking about the importance of apprenticeships during the Committee hearing.

Susan joined her colleague, Chairman Brett Guthrie (R-KY), in hosting a hearing in the House Subcommittee on Higher Education on ways to expand high quality apprenticeship programs.  In the hearing, Mark Kessenich, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership, testified on the importance of keeping high quality standards in apprenticeships.  Susan is a strong supporter of apprenticeship programs because she believes every person deserves access to a well-paying career.  She recently introduced the APPRENTICE Act to help expand apprenticeship programs throughout the country. 

Meeting with HOPE at the Library of Congress
Listening to constituents in the HOPE leadership program at the Library of Congress.

Susan was honored to welcome the women of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) as they visited Washington from all parts of California.  Every year, HOPE has a competitive process that chooses a group of Latinas to take part in a 9-month leadership program.  The program highlights the need to have Latinas at the table advocating for their communities. 

The last session of the program took place at the Library of Congress where Susan was able to host and congratulate them on completing the program. They are now part of a 500+ network of Latinas across the state at all levels of government and civic life.  Three of the women in this class were from San Diego.  Completion of the program came as National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is recognized from September 15 to October 15, begins.

Cosponsored Legislation

H.R. 3520, Customer Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in public accommodations. Additionally, it would update the public spaces and services covered in current law to include retail stores, services such as banks and legal services, healthcare providers, and transportation services.

H.R. 6833Grants for Renewable Energy Education (GREEN) Act, a bill that would create partnerships in the renewable and sustainable energy fields which would train students to develop, operate, and maintain clean energy systems.

Touring Local Small Businesses
Visiting local small business Swami's Cafe in Hillcrest.

For over six decades, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has helped entrepreneurs and small businesses across the country with loans and other resources.  Susan had the opportunity to see how the SBA benefits local entrepreneurs in San Diego.  She recently toured two local small businesses in the Hillcrest area that received support from SBA loans.  

Susan visited Domusstudio Architecture, an architectural firm founded in 1986.  Domusstudio partners utilized a loan to purchase and remodel their current building.  She also visited Swami’s Cafe in Hillcrest, a local restaurant chain specializing in healthy offerings.  Owner Jaime Osuna utilized an SBA loan to purchase his newest location in Hillcrest.

Speaking at Human Rights Campaign
Speaking about equality at the Human Rights Campaign annual dinner.    

On the one year anniversary of Charlottesville, Susan had the honor of speaking at the Human Rights Campaign of San Diego’s annual gala dinner.  The event inspired her to continue the fight against intolerance.  Susan is a proud cosponsor of the Equality Act, a bill that would codify necessary equal rights protections for LGBTQ individuals into our nation’s signature civil rights law.  Susan also introduced the Juror Non-Discrimination Act to prohibit discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation in federal jury selection.

Consul General of South Korea in San Diego
Meeting with Consul General Kim Wan-joong in San Diego.

Susan met with Kim Wan-joong, Consul General of the Republic of Korea, to discuss issues of importance to both the United States and South Korea. The Consul General expressed his gratitude for the educational panel on U.S.–North Korea relations that Susan hosted for constituents of the 53rd District.  You can watch the panel discussion by clicking here.

Diamond Street Business Festival
Supporting small businesses at the Diamond Street Business Festival.

It’s no secret that small businesses provide much-needed jobs and help shape the communities in which they operate.  That’s why Susan was honored to speak and provide a resource table at the Diamond Street Business Festival in southeast San Diego to support these crucial businesses and entrepreneurs.

Washington, DC Office
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