I am pleased to share with you some important news, including highlights of my recent work in Congress and our communities. I hope you find it informative. And if you haven't followed me yet on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, be sure to do so today. See the online version of this newsletter here.
Get Ready to Vote in the California Primary:
The March 3rd primary election is coming up and polls are open! Voters can cast their vote at ANY Vote Center in LA County. Find a Vote Center near you at locator.lavote.net/locations/vc.
If you haven’t registered to vote, you can still register when you vote at ANY LA County Vote Center. Read more at lavote.net/home/voting-elections/voter-registration/conditional-voter-registration. Be sure to re-register if you've changed your name, permanent residence, or political party; if you visited the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) between April 2018 and January 2019, your party affiliation may have been mistakenly changed to non-partisan. Check your registration status at VoterStatus.sos.ca.gov. If you have already received an absentee ballot, make sure to check its affiliation.
Prepárese Para Votar en las Primarias de California:
¡Se acercan las elecciones primarias del 3 de marzo y las encuestas están abiertas! Los votantes pueden emitir su voto en CUALQUIER Centro de Votación en el Condado de LA. Encuentre un Centro de Votación cerca de usted: locator.lavote.net/locations/vc?id=4085&culture=es.
Si no se ha registrado para votar, aún puede registrarse cuando vote en CUALQUIER Centro de Votación del Condado de LA. Lea más en lavote.net/home/voting-elections/voter-registration/conditional-voter-registration. Vuelva a registrarse si ha cambiado su nombre, residencia permanente o partido político; si visitó el Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados de California (DMV) entre abril de 2018 y enero de 2019, su afiliación a un partido podría haberse cambiado por error a no partidista. Verifique su estado de registro: VoterStatus.sos.ca.gov/es. Si ya recibió una boleta en ausencia, asegúrese de verificar su afiliación.
Important News About the 2020 Census:
Speaking at my Bell Gardens briefing about the critical importance of participating in the 2020 Census and getting our communities counted.
The 2020 Census begins soon, and I've produced this flyer explaining why it's safe and absolutely essential for you and your entire household to take part.
BEWARE: Do not be deceived if you get a new Republican mailer labeled "2020 Congressional District Census" – that mailer is NOT your official 2020 Census form. Your REAL Census invitation will be mailed out March 12-20 from the U.S. Census Bureau – NOT the Republican Party.
Noticias Importantes Sobre el Censo 2020:
El Censo 2020 comienza pronto, y he producido este volante explicando por qué es seguro y absolutamente esencial que participe usted y toda su familia.
CUIDADO: No se deje engañar si recibe un nuevo anuncio republicano con la etiqueta "Censo del Distrito del Congreso 2020"; ese anuncio NO es su formulario oficial del Censo 2020. Su invitación al censo REAL se enviará por correo del 12 al 20 de marzo de la Oficina del Censo de EE.UU., NO del Partido Republicano.
Given the recent coronavirus news, it is crucial to stay informed with accurate information and take preventive measures. Please share this important prevention info from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with your friends and loved ones. You can also share this graphic about how to stop the spread of germs.
Prueba Actualización del Coronavirus:
Dadas las recientes noticias del coronavirus, es crucial mantenerse informado con información precisa y tomar medidas preventivas. Por favor, comparta esta importante información de prevención de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) con sus amigos y seres queridos. También puede compartir este gráfico sobre cómo detener la propagación de los microbios.
Visiting Our Communities:
At La Imperial Tortilleria in East LA, I congratulated owner Eloisa Lopez on her new U.S. citizenship. I was honored to meet her family, too!
I visited East LA’s La Imperial Tortilleria to congratulate owner Eloisa Lopez on recently becoming a U.S. citizen, and I presented her with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition in honor of this inspiring milestone in her life. I also visited a number of other small businesses, including Luis' Butcher Shop in Downey, Teresita's Restaurant in East LA, and Downey's 3rd Street Coffee. As your congresswoman, I'm fighting for policies that will strengthen our small businesses, create jobs, and grow our CA-40 economy. I’m so thankful to all those who work so tirelessly to keep our communities’ small businesses moving forward.
In South LA, I briefed the Pueblo Del Río Resident Advisory Council on key federal issues, including the vital importance of participating in the 2020 Census, the latest news on the future of DACA, and the Trump Administration's rulemaking on public charge and mixed-status families.
Announcements and Notices:
Advocating for the Just Treatment of Immigrants:
As your congresswoman, it is a privilege to advocate for the rights and futures of everyone in our diverse, hardworking district, including our amazing immigrant community. That is why I introduced and led House passage of the Dream and Promise Act, which includes protections and a path to citizenship for Dreamers. I have also authored or co-authored several bills to support humane treatment of immigrant families and children.
It is also why I am fighting to drive back hateful Trump Administration policies like the public charge rule. This rule, which took effect on Monday, February 24, is a crushing blow to immigrants' hopes of a future in America if they use public resources to feed their families or keep them safe. This rule must not be allowed to stand.
Supporting Our Students and Schools:
Congratulating Bell High School's victorious Academic Decathlon team.
I've been meeting with students, educators, and their allies all around the district! In Bell, I honored members of this year’s Bell High School Academic Decathlon team, which recently won the school’s first-ever victory in the LA Unified decathlon. In South LA, I cut the ribbon at the Holmes Avenue Student & Family Wellness Center. At the East Los Angeles Rising Youth Club, I helped bring the American Red Cross’ Pillowcase Project and Prepare with Pedro emergency preparedness programs to elementary school-age children, and spoke with them about how they can make sure their families are ready for emergencies. In Bellflower, I greatly appreciated hearing the views of members of Caring Connections, who help promote healthy and successful futures for children and families in the Bellflower Unified School District. And in Downey, I was impressed by the talent of the artists who displayed their work at Woodruff Academy's art show.
Leading the Fight for Our Seniors:
As Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging & Families, I was proud to help introduce the Older Americans Bill of Rights. It is our promise to America's elders that in their retirement we will safeguard their financial security, protect their rights to long-term and high-quality affordable health care, and preserve their ability to fully participate in the daily life of their communities. This is the least we can do in gratitude for our elders' sacrifices and their work to nurture our families, our communities, and our country.
Demanding Sensible Homeland Security Policies:
Leading the questioning of Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf in my role as Chairwoman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.
As Homeland Security Appropriations Chairwoman, and the first Latina to ever lead an Appropriations Subcommittee, I'm working day and night to keep America safe, honor our values, and stop the Trump Administration's abuse of immigrants, asylum seekers, and immigration laws.
When Acting Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf and Acting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan testified before my subcommittee last week, I made clear that I stand strongly against DHS's systemic disregard for the rights of migrants, detainees, and U.S. asylum laws, and I fiercely oppose DHS spending scarce dollars on unnecessary items like new border barriers or expanded detention bed capacity.
I also pressed them with questions about the Trump Administration's cruel and xenophobic "Remain in Mexico" program, including why the program won't exempt even a 7-year-old girl who has a life-threatening seizure condition, and why CBP can't provide in-person "Know Your Rights" briefings and on-site pro bono counsel to the migrants in the program.
Meanwhile, Trump is continuing his efforts to take crucial money from our own national defense – money that our fighting men and women need for keeping America safe – in order to build his hateful, ineffective border wall. The president has broken his promise that Mexico, not American taxpayers, would pay for his wall. The Constitution gives Congress the power of the purse, and I'm fighting to defend that power. When will congressional Republicans do the same?
Promoting the Health of Newborns and Children:
As Vice Chair of the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, I urged Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to strengthen the government's investment in state newborn screening programs, including the principles of my Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act. I also urged him to reconstitute the Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children, which will help ensure the number and quality of state screening tests for treatable disorders is the same from state to state.
As Maternity Care Caucus Co-Chair, I was proud to sign on as co-lead of the PUMP Act, which will help more working mothers breastfeed their infants for as long as these mothers desire. Decades of research have irrefutably established that breastfeeding leads to better health outcomes and lower health costs for infants.
Making Our Communities Cleaner and Greener:
With fellow volunteers at February's Keep Downey Beautiful cleanup.
I was glad to be in Downey for February's Keep Downey Beautiful cleanup. Thanks to the volunteers of all ages who gave part of their Saturday to help keep the neighborhood clean.
I am delighted that the Army Corps of Engineers' Fiscal Year 2020 Work Plan provides critical funding to revitalize the LA River. As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have fought hard to ensure the Army Corps has the funding it needs to move forward with LA River revitalization. I will keep up that fight in the years to come as we keep working to restore the river in our Southeast communities, which will improve the health and quality of life for families near the river, and provide these neighborhoods with much-needed new green space for recreation.
Fighting for Latinas in Congress:
I was honored to accept LATINA Style Magazine's Founders Award. As the first Mexican-American congresswoman, it meant so much to me to appear on the magazine's very first cover, and I've been so thankful for all the magazine has done over the years to highlight the talents and contributions of our Latina sisters.
Standing Up for LGBTQ Rights:
As a proud advocate for LGBTQ equality, I'm so pleased to have received a 100% score on Equality California's 2019 scorecard. I'll keep fighting to enact the Equality Act and other policies to promote the rights and dignity of all LGBTQ individuals.
Defending Animal Rights:
I was glad to advocate for my HEARTS Act, which would prioritize alternatives to animal testing at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), during a Capitol Hill briefing held by Cruelty Free International. At the briefing, I was honored to be named Cruelty Free International's Legislator of the Month.
Vote for the People's Choice Award in My Student Art Competition:
Voting is now open for the People's Choice award in my 2020 student art competition! Click here to view the entries and cast your vote. To vote for an entry, you can ONLY select the “like,” “love,” or “wow” reactions. Your vote will NOT be counted if you select the “angry,” “sad,” or “haha” reactions. Any disrespectful comments on art entries will not be tolerated and will be deleted. It is recommended that you view the album on a desktop or laptop computer because not all photos may appear on a mobile device. The recipient of the People’s Choice award will receive a $250 scholarship and a $125 gift card for art supplies. The winning piece will also be displayed in my district office for one year. The deadline to vote is Monday, March 9, 2020, at 12:00 noon Pacific Time.
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 my Student Resource Guide. The guide includes information about scholarships, internships, fellowships, and websites to help you meet your college expenses. Please feel free to circulate it!
News About the Delta Jet Fuel Dump Over Our Communities:
Following the January 14 Delta jet fuel dump over our communities, I've been speaking with residents and leaders about my work to help our neighborhoods recover. I am in communication with Delta, the Federal Aviation Administration, and local emergency first responders to ensure a full response and thorough investigation. I have led a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) asking pressing and fundamental questions about this jet fuel dump. I also worked with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to send this letter to Delta’s CEO urging Delta to take part in community meetings concerning the jet fuel dump and disclose the chemicals in the dumped fuel.
I encourage you to reach out to these community clinics if you are concerned about your family's exposure to jet fuel or fumes as a result of the jet fuel dump. Individuals and property owners who believe they may have been affected by this jet fuel release can contact Delta Airlines at 800-441-5955. The FAA has produced a fact sheet on what it currently knows about the incident.
Noticias Sobre el Descarga de Combustible de Avión Delta Sobre Nuestras Comunidades:
Después del descarga de combustible de avión Delta del 14 de enero sobre nuestras comunidades, he estado hablando con residentes y líderes sobre mi trabajo para ayudar a nuestros vecindarios a recuperarse. Estoy en comunicación con Delta, la Administración Federal de Aviación y los servicios de emergencia locales para garantizar una respuesta completa y una investigación exhaustiva. He liderado una carta a la Administración Federal de Aviación (FAA) haciendo preguntas urgentes y fundamentales sobre la descarga de combustible de avión. También trabajé con el Caucus Hispano del Congreso para enviar esta carta al CEO de Delta instándole a Delta que participe en reuniones comunitarias sobre el descargo de combustible para aviones y revele los productos químicos en el combustible descargado.
Les recomiendo que se comuniquen con estas clínicas comunitarias si están preocupados porque su familia fue expuesta al combustible o a los vapores del avión como resultado de la descarga de combustible. Personas y propietarios que creen que han sido afectados por la descarga de combustible de avión pueden comunicarse con Delta Airlines por teléfono: 800-441-5955. La FAA ha producido una hoja informativa sobre lo que actualmente sabe sobre el incidente.
Help with Federal Agencies:
If you need assistance with a federal agency, you can call my district office at (323) 721-8790 between 9 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday, or visit my office during the same hours at 500 Citadel Drive, Suite 320, in Commerce's Citadel Outlets. You can also speak to a caseworker from my office on the second Tuesday of every month, from 10 AM to 12 PM, at Barbara J. Riley Community & Senior Center at 7810 Quill Drive in Downey.
Ayuda con Agencias Federales:
Si necesita ayuda con una agencia federal, puede llamar a mi oficina en el distrito al (323) 721-8790 de 9 AM a 5 PM, de lunes a viernes, o visitar mi oficina localizada en 500 Citadel Drive, Suite 320, en los Citadel Outlets de Commerce durante las mismas horas. Tambien puede hablar con una trabajadora de casos de mi oficina el segundo martes de cada mes, de 10 AM a 12 PM, en Barbara J. Riley Community & Senior Center en 7810 Quill Drive en Downey.
Rights Under the U.S. Constitution for Our Immigrant Families and Neighbors:
Make sure you know your rights under the law! Watch this video and read this card to be prepared if you are approached by an ICE agent or other official.
Derechos Bajo la Constitución de los Estados Unidos Para Nuestras Familias y Vecinos Inmigrantes:
¡Preparese y conozca sus derechos bajo la ley! Vea este video y lea esta tarjeta para estar preparado por si se le acerca un agente de ICE u otro funcionario.
Blood Testing and Soil Sampling Near Exide:
If you live, work, or go to school within three miles of Vernon's Exide plant, I encourage you to get a FREE blood lead test. For details, visit bloodleadtesting.com or call (844) 888-2290. If you live within 1.7 miles of Exide, you can also sign up for soil testing. For more information, visit dtsc.ca.gov/residential-cleanup or call (844) 225-3887. Please also feel free to share this general information Exide flyer in English and in Spanish with any friends and family living in the affected area.
If You Visit Washington, DC:
If you are a resident of California's 40th District and planning a trip to Washington, DC, I can provide information on many of the area's 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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