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Dear Friend,

November is off to a busy start and I want to take a moment to give you an update.  Since my last newsletter, Congress has passed a budget for the 2018 fiscal year and the debate about taxes has heated up.  See below to get the details on these topics as well as other issues and events in Washington and San Diego.

Warm regards,

Tragedy in Texas

It was deeply saddening to see yet another community shattered by gun violence, this time in Sutherland Springs, Texas.  Just one month ago, the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas reminded us that we need to do more to address this problem.  Now, tragedy has struck again.  When will we say enough and finally see real action on this issue?

Sadly, this tragedy could have been avoided had current policy and procedures been followed.  My colleagues and I were dumbfounded to hear that the Air Force failed to report the alleged shooter’s criminal history to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as required under Department of Defense regulations.  That's why I joined my colleagues in demanding that the Air Force not only conduct a review of this case, but also follow up with additional details that could help prevent a tragedy like this from happening again.  

FY 2018 Budget Passed

October saw a major vote on the federal budget for Fiscal Year 2018.  The Republican-led budget resolution passed in the House by a largely party-line vote of 216-212.  I voted against the resolution, along with colleagues from both parties, because I had several concerns about what the budget would mean for the economy and our social safety net.

One of my biggest concerns is that the GOP budget would cut funding for major job-creating programs while increasing the federal deficit by an estimated $1.5 trillion dollars.  Additionally, the budget includes drastic cuts to Medicare and Medicaid that would be devastating to seniors, veterans, and our children.
GOP Unveils Tax Plan

Taxes are on the agenda this month and the debate over who gains and who loses is heating up.  Recently, House Republicans announced their new tax plan, which puts several changes on the table. The proposed GOP tax plan would:
  • Cap the mortgage interest deduction at $500,000 for new loans, affecting new homeowners in San Diego.
  • Cap the state and local tax deduction for property taxes at $10,000.
  • Eliminate the personal exemption of $4,050 per person, affecting large families. 
  • Eliminate the educator expense deduction for teachers who buy school supplies for their classrooms.
  • Eliminate student loan interest and tuition expense deductions.
  • Eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax and Estate Tax, which are taxes that only the richest Americans pay.
Under the GOP plan, tax cuts for most people expire after 5 years but corporate tax cuts are permanent.  Futhermore, this tax plan increases the deficit, threatening our country's long-term economic stability.

Currently, I am opposed to the GOP tax plan because it hurts middle class families to benefit corporations and a wealthy few.  Any discussion about taxes should put hardworking families first. 

You can take my survey to let me know what you think about your taxes and the tax plan here:  GOP Tax Plan Survey

Joining the Afghan First Lady at the U.S. Institute of Peace
Discussing the role of women as peacemakers with First Lady Rula Ghani.

It was an honor to join First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani at the United States Institute of Peace to discuss the role of women as peacemakers.  It is vital that we work toward empowering the young women of Afghanistan to become leaders because nothing is more important for global security than the development of human capital.   

Honoring Leon Williams in Golden Hill
Meeting with Leon Williams for a street dedication in his honor.

Recently, I joined Leon Williams, as well as his friends and family, in celebrating the naming of a street in his honor.  As the first African-American elected to the San Diego City Council and the only African-American to serve on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, his work has paved the way for greater diversity in the city and spearheaded programs that have had a positive impact in the San Diego community. 

Among many of those contributions to San Diego, he championed downtown revitalization, transit improvements and was an early advocate of programs to help combat AIDS, to name a few. Leon is not only a trailblazer but his impact on our community is still felt to this day.  Leon Williams Drive is located on the 3000 block of E Street in Leon’s home neighborhood of Golden Hill.

SDMAC Announces Military Economic Impact Study
Discussing the importance of the military to the San Diego community.

Each year the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) commissions a study to analyze the military’s economic impact on San Diego.  I spoke at the official announcement of the 2017 study results, where I had the opportunity to salute SDMAC for their dedicated leadership advancing our civil-military partnership.
Meeting with Local Dreamers
Listening to local Dreamers as they discuss the DACA program.

Recently, I met with a group of Dreamers from two local colleges to hear their personal stories and learn what the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program meant for them.  I was inspired by their courage and perseverance in this difficult time of uncertainty.  These students are a shining example of why we need a permanent solution for Dreamers.  In Congress, I will continue to press my colleagues to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act and protect Dreamers.
Congressional Internships in San Diego and DC
Meeting with San Diego interns and staff.

The fall semester brought a new set of talented interns to my offices in San Diego and Washington, DC.  This group of bright students has been learning about Congress through hands-on experience in constituent services and legislation.  The congressional internship experience helps students develop their professional skills while teaching them about government and public service. 

As a senior member of the Education and Workforce Committee, I am proud to have these bright and talented students on my team.  If you would like more information about the internship program, please visit my website.  Stipends are available for interns in both offices.

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