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I would like to share with you some highlights of my work in January. I hope you find this informative, and I look forward to seeing you soon. For all the latest news about my work in Congress and in the District, you can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
Art competition deadline this Friday: I’m happy to report that this year’s Lucille Roybal-Allard Student Art Competition is in full swing! All students in grades 9-12 who reside in the 40th Congressional District are welcome to enter before the deadline of February 3, 2017, at 5:00 PM PST. The winning entry will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, and the artist will receive a $1,000 scholarship, a gift certificate for art supplies, and travel arrangements for two to attend the opening of the national exhibit in Washington, DC. Click here to read more about the competition. If you’re interested in submitting an entry, please call my District Office at (323) 721-8790, or email Kimberlee.Tachiki@mail.house.gov.
If you are a high school or college student looking for help to pay for college, you can also take a look at my Student Resource Guide, which includes information about scholarships, internships, fellowships, and websites to help you meet your college expenses. Please feel free to circulate it!
Paramount conference calls: I want to remind members of the Paramount community about weekly informational conference calls in English and Spanish on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM PT, which provide updates on the ongoing air monitoring activities related to hexavalent chromium, a toxic air contaminant that has been detected by air monitors in a particular Paramount neighborhood. To listen to the call in English, call (866) 244-8528, using the passcode 4063768. To listen to the call in Spanish, call (888) 394-8197, using the passcode 9891238. The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is conducting these weekly calls.
Defending the Affordable Care Act:
Leading an event supporting the Affordable Care Act at The California Endowment in LA.
I am proud to defend the Affordable Care Act, which has made health coverage affordable for millions of Americans (including many in our 40th District) and reduced America's uninsured rate to an all-time low. As congressional leaders and the Trump Administration try to dismantle this lifesaving law, I'll fight them every step of the way to protect health coverage for the American people.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I led an event at The California Endowment in LA supporting the ACA. I was glad to be joined by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, 12 of my Greater LA-Area House colleagues, and several "#FacesOfObamacare" who gave testimonials about how they had been helped by the ACA. Watch the event here.
You can also watch my House speech in support of the many mothers and babies who are healthier thanks to the ACA. As co-chair of the Congressional Maternity Care Caucus, I know that mothers and babies from coast to coast rely on the ACA's maternity care and breastfeeding assistance. Repealing the ACA would endanger their health, and we cannot let that happen.
Protecting and Helping Our Seniors:
Announcing my introduction of the Seniors Have Eyes, Ears and Teeth Act in the House of Representatives.
I led more than 120 fellow House Members in introducing the Seniors Have Eyes, Ears and Teeth Act (H.R. 508), a bipartisan bill to help seniors on Medicare access hearing, vision, and dental care. I will fight to pass this bill because it is imperative that Medicare include these health care services, and help our seniors enjoy their golden years in good health and with peace of mind. Watch my House speech introducing the bill.
It was an honor to be named a Vice Chair of the Congressional Task Force on Seniors, and to help lead the fight in Congress to preserve and strengthen Social Security, Medicare, and the ACA. During January, my Task Force colleagues and I joined Leader Pelosi for a press conference to discuss how seniors will be hurt by efforts to dismantle the ACA.
The 2017 Presidential Inauguration:
I was happy to provide tickets to the 58th Presidential Inauguration for many of the 40th District residents who traveled to Washington for the the Inaugural ceremonies. I hope my constituents enjoyed their visit to our nation's capital and their participation in this historic event.
I thought long and hard about attending the Inauguration because I value our democracy and respect the office of the presidency, regardless of party. However, the disparaging remarks President Trump has made about many groups, including women, Mexicans, and Muslims, have been deeply contrary to my values. As a result, I did not attend the Inauguration. For the sake of our nation, and a world which looks to America for moral leadership, I hope that President Trump will change the tone of his rhetoric, and govern responsibly, respectfully, and compassionately, in accordance with our American values. With that hope, I intend to review his proposals with an open mind. Unfortunately, the president's initial executive orders have been very disappointing during these first weeks of his administration.
Fighting for the Just Treatment of Immigrants and Refugees:
Speaking about my original cosponsorship of the BRIDGE Act, a bill to protect DACA recipients.
The president's executive orders on immigration have been deeply troubling to me. These orders have transformed his anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric into destructive action which is intolerant, fiscally irresponsible, and dangerous.
Under these executive orders, an immigration ban will mask religious discrimination against refugees, legal permanent residents, and visa holders in the name of national security; DREAMers who have been protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will never be safe from Immigration and Customs Enforcement apprehension; asylum seekers will face long-term detention; the discredited 287(g) program will be revived; local jurisdictions will be forced to choose between their share of federal funding and keeping faith with their local communities; and taxpayers will foot the bill for additional fencing along the southern border that the Border Patrol has said it does not need.
Please know that I will not sit by as the president turns away from the refugees and immigrants who need our help. I am an original cosponsor of the BRIDGE Act to protect DACA recipients, and the SOLVe Act to rescind the president's Muslim ban. I also joined my Democratic colleagues at the Supreme Court this week to urge the president to reverse his executive orders against immigrants and refugees. I will keep standing up, speaking out, and fighting back against this president when he goes against American values.
Promoting Good Health for Mothers and Babies:
Knowing that babies are born healthier when their mothers receive comprehensive prenatal and childbirth care, I am thrilled that legislation I introduced with Congressman Michael Burgess and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, H.R. 315, the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, was passed by the House. Our bill will help the Department of Health and Human Services identify which areas of the U.S. are in need of maternity care professionals, so that the Department can place doctors and midwives in these areas to offer comprehensive prenatal and childbirth care to mothers and babies.
Meeting with Los Angeles-Area Leaders:
With union leaders and elected officials at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Reception in South LA.
I joined leaders from all across LA County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, and LA City Council President Herb Wesson’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Reception in South LA. As we begin this new year and a new presidential administration, I look forward to working with my LA-area allies in government and labor to keep building an LA County that treats every person with fairness and dignity.
Working with My Latino Congressional Colleagues to Strengthen America:
At the Congressional Hispanic Caucus' ceremonial swearing-in, with my CHC colleagues and Leader Pelosi.
My Congressional Hispanic Caucus colleagues and I participated in a ceremonial swearing-in as CHC members. As the first Mexican-American Congresswoman, I’m honored to serve a new term alongside this stellar array of public servants! I look forward to standing with them as we raise our voices in support of a brighter future for every man, woman, and child in our great country.
Supporting the Rights of Women:
The hope, love, and unity I saw at the DC Women's March were inspiring, especially after the president's dark and carelessly inaccurate Inaugural address. I was impressed by the electric enthusiasm of the Women's March's vast crowds, which exceeded expectations. I was proud to participate and to stand up for the rights of all women!
A New Location for My Washington, DC Office:
My DC staff and I have moved offices. We are now in Room 2083 of the Rayburn House Office Building, and are always glad to welcome CA-40 families! If you are a resident of California's 40th District and planning a trip to Washington, DC, my office may be able to provide you with tickets to tour the Capitol, the White House, and many of the area's other distinguished landmarks. You can submit your tour requests here. Please contact my office with at least 8-12 weeks advance notice whenever possible.
Contacting You About the Issues That Matter to You:
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