Dear Friend,

I'm pleased to share some highlights of my recent work in Congress and our communities.  I hope you find them informative.  And if you haven't followed me yet on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and YouTube, be sure to do so today.  See the online version of this newsletter here.

I am deeply humbled to fight every day for our 40th District in Congress.  On January 3, 2019, a new chapter in that fight will begin with the swearing-in of a new House Democratic majority that works For The People, so we can secure A Better Deal for all Americans.  It will be my privilege to be part of that majority, and to keep fighting on your behalf to create jobs, increase paychecks, lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs, make a good higher education accessible for everyone, enact comprehensive and humane immigration reform, and clean the air, land, and water in our communities.

I recently delivered the latest Democratic Weekly Address calling for President Trump to keep our government open, rather than forcing a shutdown that hurts American families, businesses, and communities.  President Trump has wanted to squander $5 billion on an immoral, ineffective and expensive border wall – and had publicly declared that he’d be "proud" to shut down the government if he cannot force American taxpayers to pay for that wall.  However, as the top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, I know we have critical national security needs that cannot be met if we waste money on a Trump wall.

Democrats want to keep the government open.  It’s President Trump’s choice to keep government open, or to shut the government down.  The American people are waiting for his response.


Read the New Edition of My Student Resource Guide:

If you are a high school or college student, or the parent of a student, and are looking for help to pay for college, I encourage you to read the 2018-2019 edition of 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!


Meeting Constituents and Celebrating Our Communities:

Presenting a Certificate of Congressional Recognition to the City of Paramount in honor of its Santa Train's 50th anniversary.

It has been a joy to greet 40th District residents and hear their views at many recent community events.  At the Salazar Park Thanksgiving Lunch in East LA, I wished the crowd a very happy Thanksgiving.  In Paramount, I helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of the city's Santa Train, and climbed aboard the train to help Santa distribute treats to Paramount residents.  In Huntington Park, I congratulated the city on its 68th annual Christmas Parade.  And in Bell Gardens, I offered holiday greetings to those at the Bicycle Hotel & Casino Community Foundation’s “An Incredible Christmas” event.


Promoting Good Health for All Americans:

Last Friday, a judge in Texas ruled against the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  While the ACA remains in place for now, and this legal fight is nowhere near over, the judge's misguided ruling completely fails to reflect Congress's intent to expand access to healthcare and protect those with pre-existing conditions.  I will keep working as part of the coming Democratic House majority to protect the health care of the millions of Americans helped by the ACA.

Covered California Open Enrollment Is Open Now Until January 15, 2019.  Find a health insurance plan that works for you and your family at coveredca.com.  Need assistance?  Free expert help is available at coveredca.com/find-help.

El Periodo de Inscripción Abierta del Covered California Esta Abierto Hasta el 15 de Enero del 2019.  Encuentre el plan de seguro médico que le convenga a usted y su familia en coveredca.com/espanol.  ¿Necesita ayuda?  Hay ayuda gratuita de expertos disponible en coveredca.com/espanol/find-help.

I’m deeply disappointed that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have delayed efforts to prescribe antibiotics more responsibly in nursing homes.  When people are overprescribed antibiotics, they can develop resistance to the very drugs that can keep themselves healthy.  That’s why I’ve joined Rep. Jan Schakowsky and seven of our colleagues in writing to CMS Administrator Seema Verma asking for an update on these lifesaving programs.


Serving Our Seniors:

Speaking with LA Metro representatives at my "Seniors Matter" resource fair in South LA.

I was thrilled to partner with Rep. Karen Bass to co-sponsor “Seniors Matter: A Resource Fair to Help Elders and Those Who Support Them” at Fremont High School in South LA.  Thank you to the 40th and 37th District constituents who attended, and the agency representatives who provided our constituents with valuable informational resources.  My staff and I are always pleased to help residents of our 40th District, including seniors, resolve any issues they may have with federal agencies and programs, including Medicare, the Social Security Administration, the Veterans Administration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Postal Service, and the IRS.  My office provides these services to constituents free of charge.  For more information, please visit my "Help with Federal Agencies" webpage at https://roybal-allard.house.gov/constituentservices/casework.

The Trump Administration’s Labor Department has proposed a dangerous rule that would let unsupervised teenagers move vulnerable seniors using power-driven patient lifts.  I’ve joined with Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Mark Takano in leading 29 of our colleagues in opposing this terrible Labor Department proposal.  Read our letter here.


Fighting for the Just and Humane Treatment of Immigrants and Refugees:

America needs comprehensive immigration reform, not the negligent, punitive, and reactionary immigration policies of the Trump Administration.  For example, I've been appalled that the Administration failed to take crucial steps to prevent child abusers from being hired to care for migrant kids at the Tornillo tent city.  These children also face a dangerous shortage of mental health care to help them process their trauma.  We must do all we can to make sure these children are treated humanely and fairly while in our nation's care.  That is why I have called for Tornillo to be shut down NOW in a letter to the Secretaries of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS).  As the top Democrat on the DHS Appropriations Subcommittee, I will keep working tirelessly to conduct oversight into immigration detention and all DHS activities.  We must make sure that we are treating every single immigrant humanely.

DHS's "public charge" rule would jeopardize immigrants' green card eligibility if they use certain public benefits, including food and healthcare for mothers and children.  The Trump Administration must NOT put moms and kids at risk.  My letter to DHS urges them to withdraw this inhumane proposal.

As a mother, as a grandmother, and as an American, I am horrified, heartbroken, and infuriated that a 7-year-old little girl died in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody.  We must investigate her death FULLY, including CBP’s actions, and make certain that justice is served.  I have joined with fellow House Democrats to write to DHS's Acting Inspector General demanding an investigation of this horrific tragedy, and why CBP failed to meet the requirement of notifying Congress right away. 

I strongly oppose the Trump Administration's asylum ban, and am glad it has been blocked by a judge.  The ban is rooted in anti-immigrant fear, and violates both U.S. law and international law.  America should not be turning its back on women and children fleeing violence and persecution in their countries. That is why I have written to the president urging him to stop this senseless, hateful ban. 

I am also pleased that another court has stopped the president from ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  While I am glad DACA is still in place, I will keep fighting to pass my Dream Act so we can permanently protect Dreamers and help them keep contributing to our country.  Our 40th District is home to the largest number of DACA recipients in America, and I am proud to work each day for a better future for them, for all Dreamers, and for every resident of our district.


Supporting Stronger and Safer Communities:

Greeting LA County firefighters in East LA, alongside Rep. Grace Napolitano.

My friend Rep. Grace Napolitano and I were glad to be in East LA with some of our incredible LA County firefighters!  I am so thankful to our local first responders for their hard work to keep our communities safe and secure.

With transportation infrastructure expected to be a big issue for the new Congress next year, I was glad to meet with LA transportation leaders and advocates during Mobility 21's holiday legislative reception at Union Station Los Angeles.  I shared my support for the West Santa Ana Branch Metro project, and the study of the newly proposed station in South Gate that would offer direct access to the LA River.

It was my honor to take part in the YWCA Greater Los Angeles’ 125th anniversary celebration.  I made a statement in the Congressional Record saluting them for their history of fighting to better our communities and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

I also want to congratulate South LA's A Place Called Home on 25 years of helping 40th District families grow and excel.  Their Founder Debrah Constance and Executive Director Jonathan Zeichner accepted a copy of my Congressional Record statement saluting their organization's amazing work.


Standing Up for Our Youth and Our Schools:

At the request of myself and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a devastating report on child labor in America.  The report finds that child workers, especially in agriculture, often face horrifying working conditions and even death.  The report makes it clear that our nation must enforce policies that uphold the basic well-being of child workers, instead of rolling back child labor protections and lifesaving regulations.  We will not wait for the administration to take the lead.  In the House Democratic Majority, we will conduct vigorous oversight to ensure existing laws are being properly enforced, and push for changes where necessary to keep child workers safe.

At a Bellflower Unified School District school board meeting, I greeted Bellflower Unified Superintendent Tracy McSparren and other district leaders.  I appreciate their hard work to provide a first-class education for all Bellflower Unified students.  I especially want to thank to outgoing Board President Laura Sanchez-Ramirez and outgoing Board Members Hannah Flanagan-Flores and Dr. Sue ElHessen for their tireless efforts.


Supporting Our Veterans and Our National Security:

Honoring our veterans at the City of Downey's Veterans Day Ceremony.

I had the honor of taking part in Veterans Day ceremonies held by the cities of Downey and Bell, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1013 at Cinco Puntos, and American Legion Post 804 in East LA.  I also joined the City of Paramount for a Veterans Pancake Breakfast at Paramount Park Community Center.  At each of these events, I joined in thanking our nation’s veterans for their courageous service in defense of our communities, our freedoms, and our values.

On Capitol Hill, I was glad to join the American Red Cross in writing holiday cards to our armed forces overseas.  We are forever grateful to them and their families for their sacrifices on America's behalf.

It was great to be at Berth 95 in San Pedro to celebrate the commissioning of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Forrest Rednour.  As the top House Democrat overseeing Coast Guard funding, I’m glad that the U.S. has fast response cutters like the Rednour to conduct lifesaving rescues and protect the security of our ports, coasts, and waterways.


Demanding Common Sense Spending Policies:

I have been proud to be a member of the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform, where we have worked to develop recommendations for improving our nation's budgeting.  Congress must spend money responsibly and efficiently, while preserving the strength of the programs on which millions of Americans depend.

During our discussions, I spoke in support of an amendment to repeal unrealistically low budget caps on discretionary spending.  It is tragically clear that these caps are stopping us from making responsible funding decisions that will strengthen America.
 

Announcements and Notices:

Help with Federal Agencies:

If you need assistance with a federal agency, you can 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 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.


Financial Aid for Students:

CALIFORNIA STUDENTS: Need financial aid for 2019-20?  Fill out the federal FAFSA form at fafsa.ed.gov or the California Dream Act application at csac.ca.gov/california-dream-act.  Don’t wait, apply TODAY!


Ayuda Financiera para Estudiantes:

ESTUDIANTES DE CALIFORNIA: ¿Necesitan ayuda financiera para el año escolar 2019-20?  Completen el formulario federal FAFSA en studentaid.ed.gov/sa/es/fafsa o la aplicación California Dream Act en csac.ca.gov/california-dream-act.  No esperen, ¡apliquen HOY!


Rights Under the U.S. Constitution for Our Immigrant Families and Neighbors:

Read this information about immigrants’ rights under the law.


Derechos Bajo la Constitución de los Estados Unidos Para Nuestras Familias y Vecinos Inmigrantes:

Lea 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.


News on DACA Judicial Decisions:

Are you wondering what the 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 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.)


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
Fax: (202) 226-0350
District Office
500 Citadel Drive, Suite 320
Commerce, CA 90040
Phone: (323) 721-8790
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