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Dear Friend,

As your representative in Congress, I always look forward to sharing some of the highlights with you.  Please see my newsletter below to read about the latest from Washington and San Diego.  

Warm regards,



Introducing the Bipartisan APPRENTICE Act
Co-chairing a meeting of the bipartisan Congressional Apprenticeship Caucus.

Having a prepared workforce with access to high-quality jobs is key to economic growth and a strong middle class. I, along with Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02), introduced the Accessing Professional Partnerships and Resources to Enable Necessary Training and Improve Career Education (APPRENTICE) Act. Congressman Guthrie and I serve as Co-Chairs of the Congressional Apprenticeship Caucus and as the Chair and Ranking Member, respectively, of the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee.

The APPRENTICE Act would establish a $50 million grant program to expand apprenticeships. Under the APPRENTICE Act, grants would be awarded to organizations who administer state- or federally-recognized apprenticeship programs. The funds could be used to train personnel who supervise and educate apprentices, to publicize quality apprenticeship programs, to review apprentice applications, and to align apprenticeship curricula with local Career and Technical Education programs.

Earlier this month, I joined Congressman Guthrie in holding the first-ever forum of the bipartisan Congressional Apprenticeship Caucus to explore the importance of raising awareness and expanding quality apprenticeship programs. 

Use the following links to learn more about the Congressional Apprenticeship Caucus or the APPRENTICE Act

House Passes Final Version of Defense Bill

The House passed the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with language that I added directing the Navy to report on the impact of border sewage spills on our national security.  The Navy plans to build a $1 billion Navy SEAL training center, known as the coastal campus, down the strand near Imperial Beach. I also called for an assessment of how construction and future training at the site could be impacted.

In the NDAA, I secured the provisions regarding military childcare services, increasing healthcare opportunities for disabled veterans, retention of female servicemembers, prevention and prosecution of sexual assault in the military, mental health services, and GI Bill benefits, among others.
 
Introducing Bill to Fight Child Summer Hunger

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and I introduced a bill to tackle the silent crisis of child hunger impacting families during the summer months. During the academic year, millions of kids from low-income families are able to get free or reduced-priced meals at school. But when school lets out for the summer, many of those same kids lose access to regular meals. To address this challenge, the members introduced the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act, a bill that would provide an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card to families with children eligible for free and reduced-price school meals.

You can read more about this issue on my website

Democracy Awards “Life in Congress” Winner
Receiving the first-ever "Life in Congress" Democracy Award.  

I was honored to have won the first-ever Democracy Awards “Life in Congress” award for creating a positive and productive workplace environment.  The competitive award sponsored by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) recognizes Members of Congress for having established “both formal policies and informal cultures that enhance the work-life fit and professional development of their staffs.”  President and CEO of CMF, Bradford Fitch, said the award demonstrates that "Rep. Davis has made a significant commitment to being the best public servant for her constituents in California."

Cosponsored Legislation

H.R. 4022, Reach Every Mother and Child Act, a bipartisan bill to strengthen U.S. efforts to end preventable deaths of mothers, newborns, and young children around the world.  The bill would implement a strategic approach for providing foreign assistance in order to end preventable child and maternal deaths within a generation.

H.R. 6315, Jeanette Acosta Invest in Women’s Health Act of 2018, which would provide women with increased access to preventive and life-saving cancer screening.  The bill would provide grants to leading women’s health care providers who serve at-risk populations and play an outsized role in the prevention and detection of cancer.



Hosting U.S. - Russia Relations Forum
Introducing the panel of speakers at the U.S. – Relations forum.

I hosted Understanding U.S. – Russia Relations: A Panel Discussion, at San Diego State University with experts from UCSD and SDSU.  This event was the second iteration of my ongoing Understanding Foreign Affairs speaker series. The experts spoke on a variety of topics including a history of U.S. – Russia relations, the Russian worldview, Putin’s international goals, election meddling, cybersecurity threats, and goals for future negotiations. 

I plan to host additional events concerning issues that constituents would like to learn more about.  Please sign up for my e-news or follow me on social media to get news on future events.  If you were unable to attend the U.S. – Russia Relations Forum, a recording of the event is available on my Facebook page.
  
 Town Hall 
Speaking to constituents at Southwestern College   

During the August recess, I hosted a town hall meeting at Southwestern College in Chula Vista. The event, which was attended by over 150 constituents from across the 53rd district, was an opportunity for them to directly discuss their concerns and ask me questions about specific issues. This was the first town hall for many of these constituents, who attended in an effort to discuss current events and become more involved with the legislative process.  

I took questions ranging from healthcare, immigration, the National Defense Authorization Act, climate change, protecting the environment, and international relations. Many constituents shared their concerns with the Trump administration’s recent actions and policies and the need to protect the integrity of the 2018 midterm elections.

The entire event can be seen on my Facebook page here.

 
Congratulating Service Academy Nominees
Meeting with newly appointed military service academy students. 

One of the greatest privileges for a Member of Congress is to nominate worthy candidates to attend one of our nation’s great service academies.  The 53rd Congressional District always has many well-qualified candidates seeking a limited number of nominations.  

This year, seven of the students I nominated were offered and accepted an appointment to one of our prestigious military academies.  Four of the students will be attending the United States Naval Academy, two will be attending the United States Air Force Academy, and one will be attending the United States Military Academy at West Point.

I hosted a breakfast for the nominees and their families to celebrate these students as they embark on this next chapter in their lives.  The students arrived at their respective service academies in late June.

Chamber of Commerce Congressional Luncheon
San Diego's congressional delegation at the Chamber Luncheon.
 
I joined my colleagues, Representatives Scott Peters, Juan Vargas, and Darrell Issa, at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 14th Annual Congressional Luncheon.  The Chamber hosts this event annually as a way to ask San Diego’s Congressional delegation about the matters that hold the most significance to the San Diego region.  Each of the Representatives was asked a series of questions concerning immigration, the political atmosphere in DC, trade, and a number of other topics.

2018 Health Champion Award
Receiving the 2018 Health Champion Award from San Ysidro Health.

I was honored to be recognized by San Ysidro Health as one of their “2018 Health Champions.”  I am deeply appreciative of the critical work that community health centers do to provide health care for our most vulnerable populations.

31st Annual Stand Down
Listening to veterans' concerns at Stand Down in San Diego.

I spoke at the 31st Annual Stand Down, an annual event for homeless veterans hosted by Veterans Village of San Diego. The event brings together free service providers to assist veterans and help alleviate issues contributing to their homelessness. 

I met personally with women veterans to listen to their stories and learn about how Congress can help address their concerns. I feel strongly that we must support and honor the veterans who have sacrificed for our freedom.

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