I continue to receive more messages from my constituents than ever before. Thank you for being so engaged and concerned about our nation.
Please continue to let me know about any of the issues on your mind.
Republican leadership just pulled President Trump's healthcare repeal bill at the last minute because they didn't have the votes for its passage. This is a victory for the American people and our democracy. It’s a testament to the power of the American people to have their voices heard on a bill that would have directly impacted their lives.
I hope people will continue to weigh in and show this administration that its reckless policies will not pass muster with them. Clearly the American people didn't buy the Art of Repeal. The President just learned that healthcare's not just business - it's personal when people's lives are at stake
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that 24 million people would lose access to healthcare if President Trump's American Health Care Act (AHCA) becomes law. Other low lights of this legislation include:
- Families paying higher premiums and deductibles, thereby ensuring higher out-of-pocket costs for everyone.
- Americans age 50-64 paying premiums five times higher than what others pay for coverage, regardless of how healthy they are.
- Medicaid and the Medicaid expansion that helped many Americans access health coverage for the first time will be gutted.
- While the most vulnerable are being hurt, millionaires will receive, on average, a new $50,000 tax break.
- Shortening the life of the Medicare Trust Fund and compromising accessible long-term health care for the elderly and disabled.
I would not have supported this disaster of a bill had there been a vote.
Federal Budget Process Begins
The federal budget plan announced by President Trump attacks critical domestic and environmental protection programs. Here are a few of the impacts of the Trump Administration proposal:
- An overall 31% reduction in the budget for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the agency charged with protecting the environment and its impacts on human health.
- $4 billion in cuts to Pell Grants meaning that fewer low-income students will be able to attend college.
- Reduces or eliminates 20 programs within the Department of Education
- $6 billion in cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) which will restrict important cancer and disease research.
- $3 billion in cuts to job training, resulting in less retraining and career opportunities for unemployed or underemployed Americans.
Click Here for an in-depth assessment of President Trump's budget proposal by the House Budget Committee Democrats.
The President's budget serves as a blueprint, but it is the constitutional responsibility of the Congress to draft and fund a concrete version of the federal budget. In this capacity, I will do everything I can to push-back against cuts to the programs and services important to my constituents.
If you wish to weigh in on healthcare and the Trump budget, please take the survey currently on my website here.
My Latest Legislation:
- The Juror Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 1515) would prevent discrimination of prospective jurors based on LGBT status. Equal treatment is a bedrock principle of our judicial system. Last year the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled removal of jurors based on gender identity or sexual orientation to be unconstitutional. This bill would codify that decision.
- H.Res.205 is a resolution to protect and preserve women's health care access under current law. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) supplied many protections to women in the case of gynecologic care as well as pre-existing conditions, and any effort to repeal these protections must be stopped.
Increased Constituent Engagement
Approximately 600 constituents came out for my March 11 community town hall at San Diego State University's Montezuma Hall. I was encouraged by the thoughtful questions and insights. Everyone's concerns related to the environment, immigration, government dysfunction, Trump Administration policies, and access to healthcare and affordable education were taken to heart.
If you would like to watch the live stream recording, please click here.
Post Office Named for Officer De Guzman
Earlier this month I was honored to work with the United States Postal Service (USPS) on a post office renaming dedication ceremony for San Diego Police Officer JD De Guzman. Officer De Guzman was killed in the line of duty at the end of July 2016. Legislation I introduced to rename Eastlake's post office on Kuhn Drive in his honor became law in December 2016. Officer De Guzman's family and public safety colleagues were present at the ceremony, and it was moving to see his legacy shine on through them.
Standing Up for Women
On March 8, International Women's Day, I joined my Democratic female colleagues in a press conference on the steps of the Capitol to highlight the issues affecting women throughout the world. We have come far, but there's still so much progress yet to be made including better efforts to prevent violence against women and better laws to ensure enforcement of paycheck fairness.
Refugees Among Us
I recently visited with a group of students who came to the United States as refugees. It is so important to put a face and name to the families and children seeking refuge from circumstances most of us cannot even fathom. The school administration and faculty also shared their concerns about cuts to federal education dollars and the impact that would have on the students and teachers.
First Higher Education Hearing
On Tuesday I participated in my first hearing as Ranking Member of the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development. The topics were the availability of financial aid to students pursuing college as well as the cost of education in general. I believe college should be accessible and affordable for all students, regardless of background or income.
The greatest privilege I have as your representative is helping the people of San Diego. If you are having a problem with the red tape of the federal government, need help finding grant money, or just have a question or point of view to share, please contact my office for assistance, or check my website: https://susandavis.house.gov/