Dear Friend,

I'm excited to share these highlights of my May congressional work!  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.

This Tuesday, June 5th, Is the California Primary: The right to vote is an essential part of making your voice heard by our nation's leaders.  If you're an eligible California voter, be sure to vote this Tuesday, June 5th!  Polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM.  You can find your polling place at lavote.net/locator, and check your voter registration status at lavote.net/vrstatus.

Este Martes, 5 de Junio, Es la Primaria de California:
El derecho de votar es una parte esencial para que los líderes de nuestra nación escuchen su voz.  ¡Si usted es un votante elegible de California, asegúrese de votar este martes, 5 de junio!  Las urnas están abiertas de 7 AM a 8 PM.  Puede encontrar su lugar de votación en lavote.net/es/locator y verificar el estado de su registro electoral en lavote.net/es/vrstatus.


Honoring American Service Members Past and Present:

Standing vigil at the Cinco Puntos Mexican American All Wars Memorial in East LA.

I had the privilege of taking part in Memorial Day events in East LA, Paramount, and Bell Gardens. It was an honor to pay tribute to America’s fallen service members, who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country and preserve our rights and freedoms.

At a recent USO event, I helped assemble care packages on Capitol Hill for our deployed service members.  Our nation is eternally indebted to our men and women in uniform for their unyielding commitment to keeping us safe.


Celebrating the Artistic Talent of Our Students:

Congratulating the winners of the 25th Annual Lucille Roybal-Allard Student Art Competition.

Paramount High senior Noah Endo is the First Place winner of the 25th Annual Lucille Roybal-Allard Student Art Competition!  Noah’s color pencil, marker, and pen artwork, titled "A Growing Threat," will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, exhibited alongside student art from across the nation.  Noah and a parent will fly to Washington, DC to attend the exhibit’s opening.

Andres Flores, a Downey High senior, won Second Place for “Unknown Wilting,” created with acrylic paint, color pencil, marker, and watercolor.  Susana Muñoz, a Paramount High senior, won Third Place for her color pencil piece titled “Mother Nature.”  Samantha Ayala, a Dr. Maya Angelou High senior, won Honorable Mention for her acrylic paint artwork “Colorful Soul.”  And the People’s Choice Award winner was Donna Clarissa Medina Lozada, a Bell High junior, for her watercolor and color pencil artwork titled “Escape.”  All the winning students will receive scholarships and money for art supplies.


Fighting for the Just and Humane Treatment of Immigrants:

As the Trump Administration accelerates its cruel efforts to tear apart immigrant families at the border, it has never been more critical for us to protect the children who are impacted by the administration’s heartless family separation policies.  On May 23, I reintroduced the HELP Separated Children Act to help protect minor children who are left alone and vulnerable after their parents have been arrested or detained by U.S. immigration authorities.  I also introduced an amendment to prohibit funds from being used to prosecute asylum seekers who may have entered the country without permission.  Unfortunately, my amendment was rejected by the Appropriations Committee's Republican majority.

I spoke in favor of an amendment to prevent the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill from funding a border wall.  We can’t let unnecessary border wall construction divert money from critical veteran or security priorities. 


Supporting Our Students and Our Schools:

Meeting with Naval Academy appointee Katerina Kennedy of Downey, and her mother Tyna.

Congratulations to Downey’s Katerina Kennedy on her appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy!  I was privileged to nominate Katerina for this prestigious appointment, and I wish her every success at Annapolis.  If you will be a high school senior in the 2018-19 school year and are interested in attending one of our nation's service academies, you can follow in Katerina's footsteps and apply for a nomination from me.  You must be a U.S. citizen and live in California’s 40th Congressional District.  Click here for more information.

During May, I enjoyed attending many events saluting our high school seniors, including ceremonies at Dr. Maya Angelou High, Paramount High, Public Service Community High at the Diego Rivera Learning Complex, and Linda Esperanza Marquez High’s School of Social Justice.  At each school, I presented Special Certificates of Congressional Recognition to the top 20 seniors.  Congrats to the class of 2018 -- I’m confident you'll help make our country a better place!

It was wonderful to present a Congressional Award Silver Medal to Ryan Cho of Downey.  Ryan, and other youth across America, earn the Congressional Award by setting and reaching personally challenging goals that build character and promote community service, personal development, and citizenship.

I greatly enjoyed my meetings with members of the Paramount Youth Commission, and with students, parents, and teachers from Downey Unified School District.  It's always energizing to hear from our young people and from the adults who are so committed to helping them succeed.

At the LA County Public Defender’s Office’s Cinco de Mayo celebration in East LA, I helped honor hardworking, college-bound high school students receiving scholarships thanks to the County Public Defender’s Office and Latino Public Defenders Association.  And at Gangs Out of Downey's Officer Ricky Galvez Scholarship Gala, I was humbled to join in remembering Officer Galvez and celebrating some remarkable local students.


Promoting Good Health for All Americans:

On May 22, I introduced the Professional’s Access to Health (PATH) Workforce Integration Act.  This bill will create a pipeline for internationally trained health professionals who are U.S. citizens, and immigrants legally residing in the U.S., to enter America’s workforce of health professionals and find jobs that reflect their education, skills, and expertise.  If we want to address the health care needs of America’s growing population, while also bolstering our government’s revenues and strengthening our economy, it is critical that we pass the PATH Act.


Celebrating Our Communities and Supporting Our Businesses:

With attendees at the Mujeres Unidas Sirviendo Activamente “Despierta Mujer” conference in Paramount.

In a speech to Paramount's Mujeres Unidas Sirviendo Activamente (MUSA) “Despierta Mujer” conference, I reminded the audience that we all have the power to help make our country a better place.  Thanks to MUSA for their work to empower women in our communities!

It was a joy to speak with so many constituents at the Downey Chamber of Commerce's 25th annual Downey Street Faire.  As I traveled from booth to booth, I said hi to veterans, children, local business leaders, educators, and more.


Keeping Our Country Safe:

Meeting with Secret Service Director Randolph Alles.

At my DC office, I had a productive meeting with Secret Service Director Randolph Alles.  As top Democrat on the DHS Appropriations Subcommittee, I look forward to continuing our work together to ensure the Secret Service performs its duties with the utmost effectiveness and professionalism.

It was shocking to see the new estimate that Hurricane Maria killed more than 4600 of our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico.  My deepest sympathies are with the victims and their loved ones.  The president owes us an honest and comprehensive report of the death and destruction that Hurricane Maria wreaked on Puerto Rico, and the total failure to protect this American island.  Only then can we make the informed judgments that we need to help Puerto Rico recover and ensure America is ready to respond to future disasters.


Saluting and Supporting Our Seniors:

Celebrating Mother's Day with seniors in Bell Gardens.

On a visit to the Bell Gardens Veterans Park Senior Center to take part in their Mother’s Day celebration, I was honored to crown Ana Maria Sánchez as the Bell Gardens Club Latino’s 2018 Mother of the Year.  I thank Ms. Sánchez, and all the mothers in our 40th District, for their years of sacrifice and dedication to raising children who are smart, loving, hardworking, and civically engaged.

At a meeting of the Maravilla Community Advisory Committee in East LA, I presented one of the committee's longtime members, Mrs. Rita Garcia, with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition in celebration of her 100th birthday and in appreciation of her many years of outstanding community service.


Protecting the Well-Being of Our Youth:

I spoke out against an amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations Bill that would weaken the federal government's authority over certain e-cigarettes and cigars, some of which have major appeal to children.  As a mother, grandmother, and Public Health Caucus Co-Chair, I believe we have a moral responsibility to protect our youth from tobacco.  Unfortunately, the Appropriations Committee's majority voted to pass this amendment without taking time to understand its implications and consequences for our children and our nation's public health.

It was great to spend time with Dezi and Ricardo, two LA County foster youth who joined me in DC for Foster Youth Shadow Day.  Hearing their perspectives was invaluable as I work to ensure our foster care and child welfare systems give our young people the care and support they need.


Promoting Gun Safety:

Speaking at a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute panel on gun violence prevention and community health.

I was glad to speak at a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) panel on how Congress can implement broader gun violence prevention policies and invest in community health.  Congratulations to my office’s CHCI Health Graduate Fellow, Marcella Hernandez, on organizing and moderating this very informative panel.


Celebrating America's Diversity:

May was Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and I was pleased to record this video saluting our AAPI community for all they do to strengthen our nation, our economy, and our culture.  Let’s keep working together to secure a Better Deal for AAPIs and all Americans, so we can make our nation a place where everybody has a fair chance to achieve the American Dream and add their voice to our diverse American story.

During May, we also observed Jewish American Heritage Month.  America's Jewish community is a proud, integral part of our nation.  We salute Jewish Americans for blessing our country with their culture and traditions, and we reaffirm our fierce opposition to the scourge of anti-Semitism.


Demanding Budget Policies That Keep America Strong:

At a Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform hearing, I spoke with our witnesses about bipartisanship in budgeting, and the treatment of Social Security and health care in our federal budgeting process. I look forward to working with my committee colleagues to make our budget and spending process work smoothly and efficiently, and fund government responsibly while still keeping our promises to the American people.


Announcements and Notices

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!


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 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 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.)


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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