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Dear Friend,

I would like to share with you some highlights of my congressional work during the month of April.  I hope you find them informative.  You can also follow me on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and YouTube.

Before I begin, I would like to share some important notices with you.

Medicare Beneficiaries in California Are Receiving New Medicare Cards in the Mail Between April 2018 and June 2018: Read this flyer to learn more about the new cards.
 
Los Beneficiarios de Medicare en California Están Recibiendo Tarjetas Nuevas de Medicare por Correo Entre Abril de 2018 y Junio de 2018: Lea este folleto para obtener más información sobre las tarjetas nuevas.

Rights Under the U.S. Constitution for Our Immigrant Families and NeighborsRead this information about immigrants’ rights under the law.

Derechos Bajo la Constitución de los Estados Unidos Para Nuestras Familias y Vecinos InmigrantesLea esta información sobre los derechos de los inmigrantes bajo la ley.

Blood Testing and Soil Sampling 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.  If you live within 1.7 miles of Exide, you can also sign up for soil testing.  For more information, visit exidecleanup.org 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.


Keeping Our Country and Communities Safe:

With federal officials at the U.S.-Mexico border.

I visited the U.S.-Mexico border, where I toured ports of entry and saw the prototypes for the border wall proposed by President Trump.  As the top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, I believe that as we work to address border security, we must ensure that any plan we enact is humane, effective, and fiscally responsible – and it is clear that a 3,000-mile wall is not the answer.

During April, our subcommittee held many hearings with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) leaders to discuss their funding requests for fiscal year 2019.  In a hearing with DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, I shared my views on a just and humane Homeland Security system, and discussed them with her in further detail during a one-on-one meeting later in the month.

As California recovers from devastating wildfires and prepares to face new ones, I'm fighting to ensure a strong federal response to this crisis.  During a DHS Appropriations hearing with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long, I pressed him to budget sufficient funding for the Disaster Relief Fund and its Fire Management Assistance Grants.

At another DHS Appropriations hearing, I spoke with Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft about the U.S. Coast Guard’s funding needs for fiscal year 2019.  I will keep fighting for the funding our Coast Guard needs to keep our country secure and our families safe.


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, which includes information about scholarships, internships, fellowships, and websites to help you meet your college expenses.  Please feel free to circulate it!


Supporting American Businesses and Workers:

Meeting with members of the LA/OC Building & Construction Trades Council.

It is always a pleasure to meet with my friends from the LA/OC Building & Construction Trades Council.  During a recent meeting at my DC office, we spoke about our mutual efforts to create good-paying jobs.

I was also glad to greet Patrick Lavin and Sherilyn Wright from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers when they visited Capitol Hill.  A strong labor movement has always been essential to building and preserving a strong, prosperous middle class.


Fighting for the Just Treatment of Our Immigrant Neighbors:

It was good to see another judicial ruling supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), especially because this ruling added that new DACA applicants must be accepted.  However, the decision was put on hold for 90 days, and doesn’t change our need for a permanent legislative solution to protect Dreamers NOW.  As the lead House Democratic sponsor of the Dream Act, I continue to push for Speaker Ryan and House Republicans to hold a vote on this bipartisan bill and pass it immediately.

As the founder and co-chair of the Women's Working Group on Immigration Reform, I am a leading congressional voice in opposing the separation of immigrant families.  At a hearing last month, I questioned DHS Secretary Nielsen about her department’s family separation policies.


Supporting Educational Opportunities for All:

Meeting with a delegation from Cal State LA, including University President William Covino.

As a proud California State University, Los Angeles alumna, I enjoyed visiting with President William Covino and the Cal State LA delegation.  I’ll keep fighting to preserve year-round Pell Grants and other programs that make it easier for students to afford their higher education at Cal State LA and beyond.

It is also my privilege to speak in favor of workforce training policies that help prepare our residents for a range of successful careers.  That is why, during a recent Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations hearing on workforce training, I emphasized the value and importance of skills-based education, and asked witnesses how to remedy the continued underrepresentation of women in STEM.

I had an enlightening meeting with Southeast Community Foundation founder Julie Coyne.  Her team’s academic enrichment tutoring does a great job of preparing students for life beyond graduation.


Promoting Good Health for All Americans:

As a leader in preventing underage drinking, I've been very disappointed by recent news reports that the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's research decisions are being influenced by the alcohol industry.  I questioned National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins about this disturbing news.  We must ensure that NIH research determinations are based on our best science and our society’s greatest needs, rather than being influenced by industry concerns or financial support.

I was honored to sit in for my friend Rep. Rosa DeLauro as ranking Democrat at a Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations hearing on biodefense.  As congresswoman for our economically, culturally, and linguistically diverse 40th District, I am committed to ensuring our government meets the varied needs of our communities – and that includes a rapid and effective response in the event of a disease outbreak.  During the hearing, I asked HHS leaders about the government's work toward this critical priority.


Advocating for the Humane Treatment of Animals:

Accepting the Humane Legislator of the Year award from the Humane Society of the United States.

The Humane Society of the United States honored me with its Humane Legislator of the Year award!  I am grateful for this high recognition as we work together to promote the well-being of our animal friends.


Demanding Common Sense Spending Policies:

I participated in the first public hearing of the new Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform.  To keep our country strong, we need to ensure Congress passes timely funding bills that help our government adapt to the present and plan for the future.  Our committee must recommend sensible, effective reforms that help Congress improve our budget and appropriations process, while safeguarding social safety net programs that protect millions.

Meanwhile, House Republicans tried to get some cover for their deficit-exploding tax scam by voting on a so-called balanced budget constitutional amendment.  I opposed this dangerous amendment because it would have a dire impact on our nation’s economy and families by imposing cuts on vital programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security – just to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations.


Serving Our Communities:

Visiting with LA County Department of Public Social Services Acting Director Antonia Jiménez and LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis.

It was great to visit with LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis and LA County Department of Public Social Services Acting Director Antonia Jiménez!  We're working to ensure our communities offer every family a fair chance at the American Dream.

I was very honored to receive the first Jose Huizar Distinguished Public Service Award from Bishop Mora Salesian High School at their 10th Annual Gala!  I was extremely impressed by the student speakers’ eloquence and leadership skills, and by the commitment to service of my fellow honorees.


Standing Up for a Sensible Foreign Policy:

It was a pleasure to help welcome French President Emmanuel Macron to the House Chamber!  I appreciated his thoughtful address to Congress – a moving celebration of our nations' enduring friendship, a thoughtful accounting of our nations' responsibilities, and a true summation of the French creed of "liberté, égalité, fraternité."


Promoting Equal Opportunities and Rights for All Americans:

Speaking with Japanese American National Museum Board of Trustees Chair Norman Mineta, the former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Transportation.

During an event in Los Angeles, I spoke with Japanese American National Museum (JANM) leaders, including former Secretary Norman Mineta. I appreciate all that JANM and its leaders do to help tell the stories of Japanese Americans, and to promote the importance of a diverse America that values and celebrates people of all backgrounds.


News on Recent DACA Judicial Decisions:

Are you wondering what the latest judicial decisions on DACA mean for you and your family?  Read this flyer for info.  USCIS is continuing to accept DACA renewal requests.  Any DACA recipient who can request renewal should do so immediately.  Click here to find out how to file a renewal application.  (USCIS is not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA.)

¿Se está preguntando qué significan las últimas decisiónes judiciales sobre DACA para usted y su familia?  Lea esta folleto para la información.  USCIS sigue aceptando solicitudes de renovación para DACA.  Cualquier beneficiario de DACA que pueda solicitar una renovación debe hacerlo de inmediato.  Haga clic aquí para informarse cómo presentar una solicitud de renovación.  (USCIS no está aceptando aplicaciones de individuos que nunca antes se les ha otorgado una acción diferida bajo DACA.)


How to Keep Your Data Safe:

Protect yourself and your family from the effects of the Equifax data breach!  The Federal Trade Commission has details on what to do in English and Spanish.  You can also read English and Spanish instructions on locking or freezing your Equifax credit report.


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:

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
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Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-1766
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District Office
500 Citadel Drive, Suite 320
Commerce, CA 90040
Phone: (323) 721-8790
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