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Dear Friend,

April showers bring...an end to the drought, and a May newsletter!  I would like to share with you some highlights of my work in April.  I hope you find them informative.  You can also follow me on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and YouTube.

Constitutional Rights for Our Immigrant Families and Neighbors: Read this information about immigrants' rights under the law.  (Lea este información sobre los derechos de los inmigrantes bajo la ley.)

Reading Blood Test and Soil Sample Results Near Exide: If you live, work, or go to school within three miles of the Exide plant, I encourage you to get a FREE blood lead test.  For details, visit bloodleadtesting.com or call (844) 888-2290.  For information on the Exide Cleanup Project, visit exidecleanup.org or call (844) 225-3887.


Supporting America's Veterans:

My newly introduced Chiropractic Care for Veterans Act (H.R. 2251) will make chiropractic care a standard health care benefit for veterans who rely on the VA for health care.  Those who have served our country deserve the best possible health services.  With nearly half of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan seeking help for back and joint pain, my bipartisan bill will help veterans to get the chiropractic services they need.


Celebrating Local Businesses and Businesspeople:

Admiring a tortilla belt at the La Reina, Inc. plant in East LA.

It was a pleasure touring East LA’s La Reina, Inc. Thanks to the Robles family for letting me observe their impressive family-owned and operated business, which sells an expansive product line including fresh flour and corn tortillas, pie shells, and corn-based snack foods such as chips.

During the Downey Association of Realtors' 70th anniversary celebration, I honored their milestone by presenting them with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition.  I appreciate all of the association's work to help local real estate licensees!

Thanks to James and Martin Wenger for the tour of East LA’s Wenger Furniture & Appliances store.  James and his father Martin run this family-owned furniture store, which has been serving the community for 70 years!


Advocating for the Humane Treatment of Animals:

I've been fighting to get the Coast Guard to stop using live animals as subjects in its medical training, and I'm thrilled to report a breakthrough!  The Coast Guard has told me it has suspended this training while it studies alternative training methods.  With the superior high-tech human simulators that are now available, there is NO need to shoot, stab, and ultimately euthanize animals for medical training.  Read my op-ed in The Hill about this important issue.  The Washington Post, the Associated Press, and HuffPost also reported on our success.


Supporting American Workers:

Taking an informative tour of the LA Air Route Traffic Control Center.

During my meeting with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) at the LA Air Route Traffic Control Center, I learned the latest about the work of our air traffic controllers.  Thanks to all those who took time to speak with me and share their concerns and views.  And thanks to all the dedicated controllers who keep our skies safe!

On average, women in the US who work full-time and year-round make 80 cents for each dollar made by men.  Sadly, this unjust wage gap has barely changed in the past decade.  On Equal Pay Day, I stood with fellow congressmembers as we introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act to narrow this wage gap.  I hope our colleagues in the majority will bring this bill to a vote so that we can pass it, and move towards the day when every woman receives equal pay for equal work, just as their male counterparts do.

At a Labor-HHS Appropriations hearing, I questioned expert witnesses about ways to ensure our workforce has the education and training it needs to perform the jobs of the 21st century.  We talked about bolstering Job Corps, the importance of federal investment in adult education, and increasing the prestige of training in a trade.


Fighting for the Just Treatment of Immigrants and Refugees:

It breaks my heart that no one, even little children, has the right to appointed counsel in immigration removal proceedings.  No one can possibly believe that boys and girls are able to navigate our immigration court system on their own.  That is why I was glad to join Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Luis V. Gutierrez in leading the introduction of the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act, which will require our government to ensure that children and other vulnerable groups in immigration proceedings have access to counsel, legal orientation programs, and case management services to help evaluate their asylum claims and other immigration cases.


Keeping Our Communities and Residents Safe:

Meeting with LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell at the US Capitol.

It was good to meet with LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell at the US Capitol.  I'm proud to fight alongside my LA County congressional colleagues for federal funding to keep LA County safe, and to help lead that fight as the top Democrat on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.

During my tour of a tactical training facility for the US Marshals Service Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, I was briefed about the Task Force’s mission of fugitive apprehension, took part in a virtual reality training simulation, and learned about the facility’s use of K-9 dog teams to find and capture individuals.

Representatives of the LA County Sheriff's Department and the LA County Department of Mental Health briefed me on their collaboration in Campus Policing & Mental Health Higher Education Assessment Teams (HEAT), which provide assessment, intervention, screening, and case management for LA Community College District students dealing with mental health issues.


Promoting Good Health for All Americans:

As Public Health Caucus Co-Chair, I introduced a House Resolution recognizing April 3-9 as National Public Health Week!  I am thrilled to champion the importance of public health, and the valuable work of our public health professionals.  If we want to make America the healthiest nation by 2030, we will need the help of our public health professionals as we work to promote optimal health, minimize health disparities, and prevent chronic conditions.

As we combat our nation's epidemic of opioid abuse, it is critical that we invest in comprehensive, proven, effective prevention efforts like the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) program.  At a Labor-HHS Appropriations hearing on opioids, I spoke with Nancy Hale of Operation UNITE about the valuable role of DFC in reducing youth substance abuse.

I heard the latest news about the White Memorial Medical Center's Center for Hispanic Health (CHH) during a meeting with representatives from the White Memorial Medical Center Charitable Foundation.  I've helped lead the fight in Congress to eliminate health disparities between groups, including disparities by race and ethnicity.  As part of that fight, I've been proud to champion the CHH and its invaluable potential to improve the health of our local Hispanic community.


Supporting a Cleaner and Greener Environment:

Celebrating mark! Lopez's Goldman Environmental Prize win alongside Leader Pelosi at the US Capitol.

Congratulations to mark! Lopez, executive director of East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, on his receipt of the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize!  I’m grateful for his advocacy in the fight to shut down Exide, and his continued efforts to ensure the testing and cleanup of the surrounding communities.  During his recent visit to the US Capitol, I presented him with a copy of my Congressional Record statement commending his advocacy and his receipt of the prestigious Goldman Prize.  I also joined with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in celebrating the work of mark! and his fellow prize winners.

I was thrilled by the opening of the new Los Angeles State Historic Park.  This was once the “Cornfields,” an abandoned industrial site, but I began the effort in Congress for funding to help convert it.  It was gratifying to see my efforts -- along with those of so many others in and out of government -- pay off with a wonderful new natural space for Angelenos to enjoy!


Making Sensible Security Decisions:

While the president's strike against Syria was an appropriate response to the Assad regime's despicable chemical attack, he must now seek congressional authority for any future military action in Syria.  In addition, I urge the president to do the right thing and support Syrian refugees' entry into America.  It’s unconscionable to decry the slaughter of innocent Syrian children in one moment and then continue to deny innocent Syrian children sanctuary in the next.


Supporting Higher Education in LA County:

With USC President C. L. Max Nikias and other members of the USC community on their visit to my office.

Thanks to a delegation from the University of Southern California, particularly my friends President C. L. Max Nikias and Ed Roski, for an enlightening meeting at my DC office about all that USC does to serve the LA area!  I especially appreciated their insights about the vital importance of university research to our economy and our society.

I also had a delightful meeting with a delegation from East Los Angeles College, led by ELAC President Marvin Martinez.  We all had an invigorating discussion about the critical role students play in strengthening our communities.


Read My Student Resource Guide:

If you are a high school or college student looking for help to pay for college, I encourage you to read information I have compiled in my Student Resource Guide, which lists scholarships, internships, fellowships, and websites to help you meet your college expenses.  Please feel free to circulate it!


Paramount Conference Calls on Air Monitoring:

I want to remind members of the Paramount community about informational conference calls on the ongoing air monitoring.  The calls are being held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 PM.  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 calls.


Immigration Form Update:

If you are filing forms with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), keep in mind that USCIS is now only accepting the latest versions of its forms.  You can visit uscis.gov/forms to download these new forms for FREE.  You can also request paper forms from USCIS by calling (800) 870-3676.  To file these forms, you must pay the current fees.  New fees are listed at uscis.gov/forms/our-fees.  If you do not include the new fees, USCIS will reject and return your filings.


If You Visit Washington, DC:

If you are a resident of California's 40th District and planning a trip to Washington, DC, I 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:

If you live or work in the 40th Congressional District and you would like to specify the issues that particularly interest you, please fill out this form.
 

Sincerely,


Washington, DC Office
2083 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-1766
Fax: (202) 226-0350
District Office
500 Citadel Drive, Suite 320
Commerce, CA 90040
Phone: (323) 721-8790
Fax: (323) 721-8789
  

 
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