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.

My heart is breaking for the victims of the horrifying shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue.  Violence and bigotry have no place in our society.  I pray for all those touched by this tragedy, and call again for passage of commonsense laws that help end gun violence.‬

This Tuesday, November 6th, Is the General Election: 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, November 6th!  Polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM.  You can find your polling place at, and check your voter registration status at

Este Martes, 6 de Noviembre, Es la Elección General:
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, 6 de noviembre!  Las urnas están abiertas de 7 AM a 8 PM.  Puede encontrar su centro electoral en y verificar el estado de su registro electoral en

Read the New Edition of 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 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!

Championing Our Local Businesses and Workers:

Touring Associated Group's warehouse in Commerce.

I have been busy with visits to a wide and varied array of 40th District businesses!  I joined World Energy in Paramount for its announcement that it will invest $350 million to expand its renewable fuel production facility there, and took part in the grand opening of the rPlanetEarth plastic-recycling factory in Vernon -- two new opportunities for good-paying jobs in our 40th District.  In Commerce, I toured Associated Group and its warehouse of holiday decorations for businesses and hotels, and I toured Celluphone, which provides cell phones and support services to small business retailers and distributors of phones and services.  I also appreciated the chance to meet with local business leaders at events held by the Bellflower and East LA Chambers of Commerce.

Additionally, I have been learning more about the many ways businesses and workers in and around our district can get the assistance they need to excel.  I toured East LA College's ESTEC LA Incubator, which provides women, minorities, veterans, formerly incarcerated persons, and LGBTQIA individuals who want to start their own businesses with personalized business guidance and curriculum from industry experts.  I spoke with Erik Miller, executive director of South LA's PVJOBS, about his organization's work to support at-risk youth and adults by providing them with training activities that help prepare them for careers in the construction industry.  And I toured a Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters training center, which offers high-quality, state-of-the-art training to about 1,700 apprentices per year.

Supporting Our Residents and Celebrating Our Communities:

Meeting with local residents during the Bellflower Joint Service Club Luncheon.

I enjoyed talks with a range of local residents at events throughout the district, including the Bellflower Joint Service Club Luncheon and the East LA Network's Community Resource Fair.  I always enjoy meeting with constituents and letting you know how my office can help you in dealing with federal agencies.  For more information about my office services, visit or call my Commerce office at (323) 721-8790.

It was a pleasure to present the Downey Symphony Orchestra and Downey Symphonic Society with a copy of my Congressional Record statement honoring their 60th anniversary during a Symphony concert at Downey Theatre.  I am grateful for all the Symphony and Society do to broaden the artistic horizons for the people of Downey and nearby communities.

I was honored to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the chartering of the Los Angeles Host Lions Club.  During its anniversary event in Commerce, I presented the Club with a copy of my Congressional Record statement saluting the Club's first century of growth and good works.

Vernon’s Halloween Spooktacular was loads of fun!  I loved all the thrills and treats, and the cool maze set up by the Vernon Police Department.  While I was there, the Vernon Police also took me on a tour of their headquarters.

Supporting Our Students and Schools:

At the Maywood Education Fair with Paramount resident and UC Irvine student Brianda Ruiz.

It was great to speak with students and parents at the Maywood Education Fair as they learned about scholarship opportunities and joined in workshops to prepare students for success in higher education.  Many thanks to all the sponsors who make this great annual event a reality.

I was honored to be recognized by the East Los Angeles College (ELAC) Foundation for my support of the foundation’s Washington, DC Gateway Internship program and students.  Programs like the Gateway Internship program help ELAC students get firsthand experience in government, gain a better understanding of the legislative process, and network with other students from across the country.

I loved taking part in the dedication and blessing of St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy's beautiful stadium and multi-purpose track and field in Downey.  I hope it will be a site of great triumph and joy for students and families in the coming years.  During the ceremony, I presented a Certificate of Congressional Recognition to the school commemorating this happy occasion.

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

I was proud to re-introduce my Child Trafficking Victims Protection and Welfare Act in the House of Representatives, which will ensure that immigrant children are treated with dignity and humanity while in our government’s care.  The bill establishes a number of essential requirements for the care of children in the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), including a climate-appropriate environment, safe and sanitary living conditions, a bed and sufficient linens, adequate and healthy nutrition, potable water, and access to legal services.

The Trump Administration's continued efforts to stoke anti-immigrant hostility have been deeply troubling to me, including the president's call to end the constitutional right to birthright citizenship.  Let's be clear: NO president can rip out parts of the U.S. Constitution that they don't like.  Donald Trump is desperate to distract us from Republicans' plan to rip away your preexisting condition protections, so he is pushing an agenda of fear, division, and hatred.

It was a privilege for me to help honor organizations that assist our immigrant community, including CARECEN-LA (which was marking its 35th anniversary) and COFEM (which was celebrating its work to help more than 1,000 residents apply for naturalization).  I presented Certificates of Congressional Recognition at events for both organizations.

I have joined with several fellow California congressmembers in writing to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to share our deep concerns about the mistreatment and neglect of detainees at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center, as recently reported by the DHS Inspector General.  In August, I witnessed horrible conditions at Adelanto during our visit there to speak with asylum seekers and detainees.  Our government MUST treat all people with respect and dignity while they are in our care!.

Supporting Good Local Housing:

Listening to LAPD Sgt. Heidi Stocklein during a tour of South LA's Pueblo Del Rio housing project.

During my visit to South LA's Pueblo Del Rio housing project, I met with community leaders, officers, and administrators.  I appreciated learning more about Pueblo Del Rio, the services it provides, the renovations taking place, and the amazing youth and community programs offered to local residents.

Promoting Good Health for All Americans:

On my visit to the Children's Hospital Los Angeles’ Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit, I spoke with doctors about the critically important research being done on congenital small lung, also known as pulmonary hypoplasia, a dangerous neonatal lung condition affecting approximately one in 1,000 newborns.   As Maternity Care Caucus Co-Chair, I will keep fighting for policies that improve child and maternal health.

Did you know Republicans are STILL fighting in court to end protections for 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions?  Remember: Democrats want to KEEP pre-existing condition protections.  The Republicans' lawsuit will rip those protections away.

Protecting Our Country and Communities:

Celebrating the U.S. Coast Guard's 228-year history at a Capitol Hill event with Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz.

I celebrated 228 years of the U.S. Coast Guard at a Capitol Hill event with Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz and others.  As the top Democrat on the House subcommittee that funds the Coast Guard, I will keep working to make sure our Coast Guard has the resources it needs to help protect America.

Recently, wildfires have burned hundreds of thousands of acres in California alone.  Other threats, 
both natural and man-made, can strike when we least expect it.  As a leading voice on Homeland Security in Congress, I have recorded this video encouraging you to visit to learn how to prepare for emergencies.

Recientemente, incendios forestales han quemado cientos de miles de acres en California.  Otras amenazas, tanto desastres naturales como causados por el hombre, pueden atacar cuando menos lo esperamos.  Como una voz líder en Seguridad Nacional en el Congreso, he grabado este video que lo alienta a visitar para aprender cómo prepararse para emergencias.

Members of the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (L.A. IMPACT) met with me to discuss the fight against criminal narcotics in our neighborhoods.  L.A. IMPACT is a compilation of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in LA County whose primary focus is to investigate major crimes and to dismantle mid to major level drug trafficking organizations.

Promoting Clean Communities:

Greeting participants in the Keep Downey Beautiful clean-up.

It was great to thank some of the participants in the Keep Downey Beautiful clean-up, including Downey Mayor Sean Ashton and his wife Tammy.  I appreciate all who took time out of their day to help keep our wonderful city beautiful.

Fighting for the Safety and the Voices of Women:

With representatives of Nuevo Amanecer Mujer Integral at the GFWC Women’s Club of Huntington Park’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Conference.

As we marked Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, I was honored to address the GFWC Women’s Club of Huntington Park’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Conference.  The amazing women I met there are committed to ending violence against women and empowering women to tell their stories. Thank you to all the volunteers, who provide such important resources and information to our community.

Congratulations to South Central Los Angeles Ministry Project (South Central LAMP) on 25 years of providing empowering and educational programs for women and their families.  I presented the organization with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition at its Anniversary Brunch.

Celebrating Persons with Disabilities:

Joining 2017 Ms. Wheelchair California Tayloure Richardson and Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living (SCRS-IL) Policy Director Hector Ochoa at SCRS-IL's Disability Pride festival in East LA.

I enjoyed taking part in two East LA events that celebrated our family, friends, and neighbors living with disabilities: Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living's (SCRS-IL) third annual Disability Pride festival, and Familia Unida's 15th annual Wheelchair Wash and Wellness Fair.  Thanks to Familia Unida, SCRS-IL, and all who worked so hard alongside them to make this year’s events successful.  Working together, we can do more to help persons with disabilities contribute to their community, fulfill their goals, and enjoy a higher quality of life.

Demanding Common Sense Spending Policies:

I was glad to help negotiate the Labor-HHS-Education/Defense bill that passed the House and became law.  The bill funds critical programs, keeps our national defense strong, and ensures our government will stay open through December – while rejecting draconian spending cuts proposed by the Trump Administration.  Read my statement about the bill.

Advocating for the Humane Treatment of Animals:

I have been a leader in the fight to retire National Institutes of Health (NIH) research chimps to sanctuaries, so I thank NIH Director Francis Collins for his continued commitment to retiring as many lab chimps to sanctuary as possible.  I am glad that an independent panel will have final decision-making authority to ensure that only those chimps truly unfit for transport will be held back in labs.

It was also wonderful to meet with so many fellow animal rights champions at a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) event in LA.  I am proud to have helped bring an end to the Coast Guard’s use of animals in medical training, and the NIH’s use of baby monkeys in horrific experiments.

Announcements and Notices

Financial Aid for Students:

CALIFORNIA STUDENTS: Need financial aid for 2019-20?  Fill out the federal FAFSA form at or the California Dream Act application at  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 o la aplicación California Dream Act en  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 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 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.


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