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Dear Friend,

I would like to share with you some highlights of my recent work as your congresswoman.  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.

The Republicans' Government Shutdown: I am deeply disappointed in President Trump and the Republicans who control Congress for failing to come to a deal that would avert a government shutdown.  I hope they will do their job now and develop a deal to reopen the government so it can resume working for the American people.  In the meantime, here are questions and answers on the impacts of a Republican government shutdown.  (Aquí hay preguntas y respuestas sobre los impactos de un cierre del gobierno provocado por los Republicanos.)

Covered California Open Enrollment Is Open Until January 31, 2018.  Find a health insurance plan that works for you and your family.  Visit coveredca.com to get covered, and share my video to spread the word!

El Periodo de Inscripción Abierta del Covered California Esta Abierto Hasta el 31 de Enero del 2018.  Encuentre el plan de seguro médico que le convenga a usted y su familia  ¡Visite coveredca.com/espanol y asegúrese, y comparta mi vídeo para correr la voz!

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.

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.


Fighting for the Just Treatment of Our Immigrant Neighbors:

Speaking with young men and women in DC about the need for Congress to pass the Dream Act.

As the House's leading Democratic co-author of the Dream Act, I am continuing to urge Congress to pass a clean version of this vital, bipartisan bill, and help America's Dreamers keep contributing to our great country.  Dreamers are patriotic and hardworking members of our society.  They are essential members of our communities, congregations, and workplaces.  President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program threatens to upend their lives and break up families.

After a judge temporarily blocked DACA repeal, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed accepting 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.

(Después de que un juez bloqueó temporalmente la derogación de DACA, el Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos (USCIS) ha reanudado la aceptación de 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.)

While this judicial ruling blocking the end of DACA is good news, that ruling could be halted in an instant.  DACA recipients are still in danger of losing their status, which is why we must pass the Dream Act now and protect them permanently.  Our Dreamers must be allowed to pursue legal status and an earned path to citizenship.

The Department of Homeland Security’s terminations of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans, Nicaraguans, and Haitians were cruel and shortsighted decisions that will tear families apart, devastate communities, and weaken the U.S. economy.  Meanwhile, the department's brief reprieve for Honduran TPS recipients will only add to their anxiety and uncertainty about their future in America.  I support immediate congressional passage of Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez’s American Promise Act, which will ensure individuals who have lived in the U.S. under TPS for at least three years can stay in America and pursue a path to naturalization.  The TPS announcements also remind us that we need comprehensive immigration reform to resolve the numerous immigration issues facing our nation.

At a Capitol Hill immigration press conference, I was honored to stand with courageous children, teens, and moms to call for passage of a clean Dream Act and protecting families with TPS.  We must give hope to Dreamers and TPS recipients and keep their families united!

As co-chair of the Women's Working Group on Immigration Reform, I joined with my fellow co-chair Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal in leading a letter to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Duke demanding answers about reports of increased rates of pregnant women being held in immigrant detention.  Detention centers endanger the lives of immigrant women and their children by exposing them to continuous mistreatment and medical neglect.  We must work to ensure the safety and well-being of these detainees by shedding light on these terrible conditions and holding the facilities accountable.


Demanding Tax Policies That Make Sense for American Families:

Speaking out against the Republican tax plan during an LA City Hall press conference.

I voted against the Republicans' tax legislation.  This bill raises taxes on 86 million middle class families.  It gives 83% of its tax cuts to the wealthiest 1% and gives a new tax break to corporations shipping American jobs overseas.  It explodes the deficit by $1.5 trillion, and the GOP will use that deficit to justify further cutting Medicare and Medicaid.  Its repeal of the individual health insurance mandate will hike health premiums and leave 13 million uninsured.  I support a Better Deal for American families.  We need real, bipartisan tax reform that puts the middle class first!


Meeting with Constituents and Celebrating Our District:

Painting a wall at South LA's Fremont High School during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. 

Earlier this week, I was at South LA's Fremont High School for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service with hundreds of City Year staff, AmeriCorps members, and alumni, as well as Disney VoluntEARS and community volunteers.  Working together, we painted the school with college logos and with murals promoting STEAM education and school pride.  Thank you to everyone who made this wonderful project possible!  I hope the paintings inspire Fremont students to pursue new academic goals.

I was honored to be a special guest for Operation Gobble at DEL Records' Bell Gardens headquarters.  Hundreds of local families, nonprofits, and community organizations received turkeys and grocery vouchers.  Thanks to DEL Records, and its CEO Angel Del Villar, for leading this event.  It was a privilege to help distribute the turkeys and vouchers and spend time speaking with participants.

It was wonderful to greet 40th District families during Breakfast with Santa at Paramount Park.  I assured the attendees that despite all of the troubling news from DC, I’m fighting to improve their quality of life as their voice in the House of Representatives.  Thanks to the City of Paramount’s councilmembers and staff for their great work organizing the event, which included photos with Santa, holiday craftmaking, giveaways, entertainment, and even snow so that kids could experience sledding!  Thanks also to Matt and Paul Tulaphorn, who own the McDonald's franchise that sponsored the breakfast.

Bellflower Mayor Ron Schnablegger and his wife Joyce recently visited Washington, along with several traveling companions.  It was my great pleasure to greet them all when they stopped by my Capitol Hill office.

I had a lovely time with Bell seniors at Murray Place.  I visited each table, presented 2018 calendars, and discussed my office’s constituent services.  Thanks to Maria Salazar and Karla Chitay of Murray Place for inviting me.

The City of Bell recently celebrated its 90th anniversary!  My office presented Bell leaders with a framed copy of my Congressional Record statement congratulating this diverse and vibrant 40th District community.

Downey Girl Scout Troop #17305 did a great job organizing a fashion show and Toys for Tots event at Joseph's Bar & Grill.  We were all inspired by the hard work of these young female future leaders.


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 2017-2018 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!


Standing Up for the Safety and Security of the American People:

Questioning FEMA Administrator Long about government funding for California wildfire victims.

My thoughts are with the victims of the natural disasters that have swept our state and nation in recent months.  In my leadership position on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, I am committed to fighting for disaster funding that meets Californians' needs.  I questioned Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long about government funding for California wildfire victims.  These Californians need relief, as do the victims of the terrible mudslides in Montecito, and the victims of the recent hurricanes in the Southeast US and Caribbean.  Please know I will keep advocating for the disaster relief that our nation needs.

It is appalling that President Trump wants to waste $18 billion of taxpayer money on an ill-considered border wall.  My work on Homeland Security Appropriations makes me acutely aware of America's security funding priorities, and it is clear that we will not address our real security needs by building this wall.  The wall isn’t a solution, it’s a slogan.

I met with new Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) Headquarters Director Thomas Walters.  I hope we can work together to ensure our local, state, and federal law enforcement officers are trained to the highest standards.


Honoring Our Servicemembers and Veterans:

Writing holiday cards to servicemembers at the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes event.

During the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes event, I wrote cards of thanks and support to our servicemembers.  I'm deeply grateful to our patriotic servicemembers for the sacrifices they make to protect our nation.

I recorded a video paying tribute to America’s veterans.  We are indebted to them for all they have done to protect this great country and the many freedoms we enjoy.  To all our veterans and their families, thank you for your service.  It is an honor to fight for you in Congress, and to help you secure the benefits and services you deserve and have courageously earned.


Standing Up for Safe Workplaces:

I voted to require all congressmembers and House employees to complete yearly anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training.  We must make Congress a safe, professional environment in which workplace rights and responsibilities are respected and guaranteed for everyone.


Fighting to Protect the Health and Well-Being of American Families:

Addressing a maternal mortality briefing at the U.S. Capitol.

As Maternity Care Caucus Co-Chair, I consider it a national disgrace that the U.S. does not have adequate or accurate data on the number of women who die each year from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.  At a U.S. Capitol briefing on maternal mortality, I urged us to keep fighting to support the well-being of mothers and newborns.  I'm proud to cosponsor the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2017 (introduced by my fellow Maternity Care Caucus Co-Chair, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler) to improve data collection about maternal mortality and help states keep pregnant women healthy.

I've been very concerned by the delay in regulating flavored e-cigarettes and cigars by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  These are tobacco products that are dangerously appealing to kids.  That is why I joined with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and 27 of our House colleagues in writing a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb urging that the FDA conduct a scientific review of e-cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products to address the risks they pose.

I gave a House speech urging significant and sustained investment in Down Syndrome (DS) research, and called for those living with DS to get the health care and long-term support they need to live productive lives.  As lawmakers, we have an obligation to find a bipartisan way to protect and expand Medicaid services so all individuals with DS and other debilitating diseases have access to the lifelong interventions and support they need.

It was good to meet with the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald.  I look forward to working with her to reduce maternal mortality, wipe out drug-resistant tuberculosis in California and nationwide, and improve the overall health of the American people.

At a meeting of the Democratic Whip Poverty Task Force, I spoke with colleagues about the challenges some families face affording diapers for their young children.  I'm proud to cosponsor a bill offering federal support for state programs that provide diapers to low-income families.


Supporting Net Neutrality:

I was deeply disappointed by the Federal Communications Commission’s vote to repeal the rules protecting net neutrality.  Their vote jeopardizes Americans’ free speech and our nation’s thriving internet economy.  Without net neutrality, internet service providers (ISPs) will be able to restrict the online content you can access, degrade your internet viewing experience, and raise the cost of accessing certain websites and online services. The FCC's vote makes it all the more important to fight for strong net neutrality rules that protect consumers and keep the internet strong, and that is exactly what I plan to continue doing.


Holding Our Leaders Accountable:

I joined with several of my congressional colleagues in sending a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein supporting the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  We called on Rosenstein to let Mueller continue his investigation to its natural conclusion, and follow the facts no matter where they lead.


Advocating for an Accurate Census:

We must count every single US resident in the next census and every census.  Adding a citizenship question to the census, as the Justice Department has suggested, likely reduces response and puts an accurate count out of reach.  Census data is used in allocating federal resources to communities.  An accurate census count returns more of our tax dollars to us.  It was wrong and immoral when the census counted a slave as three-fifths of a person early in our nation's life.  It would be wrong and immoral for the census to depress the count of non-citizens now, too.‬


Immigration Form Update:

If you are filing forms with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), keep in mind that USCIS is now only accepting the current versions of its forms.  You can visit uscis.gov/forms to download these new forms for FREE.  You can also request paper forms from USCIS by calling (800) 870-3676.


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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500 Citadel Drive, Suite 320
Commerce, CA 90040
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