Around the CapitolLeaving No Hero Untreated
Check out my column that ran in The Hill last week about our No Hero Left Untreated Act. This legislation would establish a pilot program at the VA for veterans enduring mental health issues based on a promising new neurological treatment pioneered by the Brain Treatment Center. Read it here!
Examining Executive Orders
On Tuesday morning I participated in a House Small Business Committee hearing on the negative impacts of recent executive orders on small businesses. The panelists echoed the same worries as many of the small business owners and employees that I’ve talked to in our community- check out this article in the Simi Valley Acorn to learn more about those conversations.
Discussing the costs of executive orders in Small Business Committee
Safeguarding Our Elections
Last week I also took part in an interesting House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology hearing titled “Protecting the 2016 Elections from Cyber and Voting Machine Attacks.” I look forward to continuing to work on this important issue.
Listening to witness testimony
I started my morning Wednesday with a meeting with some veterans from California who sit on the VFW National Legislative Committee. We had a great discussion about the need to improve VA benefits and decrease wait times at the VA. Thanks for stopping by!
Members of the VFW National Legislative Committee
Small Business Guardian
It was an honor to receive the “Small Business Guardian Award” last week from the National Federation for Independent Businesses for my 100% voting record on small business issues. Thank you for the recognition, I’m truly honored.
Receiving an award from NFIB
Fixing the VA
On Wednesday the House passed the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act, of which I am proud cosponsor. This bill would address a variety of common complaints at the VA by strengthening protections for whistleblowers, modifying the way veterans can appeal determinations on their disability benefits, and restructuring the termination and demotion processes for VA employees guilty of underperformance or misconduct. Read more here.
Around the DistrictLocal Support Goes a Long Way
Thank you to Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation, Palmdale Chamber of Commerce, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, and City of Palmdale for formally backing my two solar energy bills. I’m very happy to have support from so many great local organizations and I look forward to working with you all to expand opportunities in our region. Read more information here.
Last week my office presented a certificate of recognition to Shari Shultz for her 26 years of hard work and dedication with the Simi Valley Days Carnival and Special Needs Day. Thank you Shari for everything you do!
Thank you Shari!
Remembering our POW/MIA
On Thursday my office attended the POW/MIA Ceremony in Palmdale. This moving annual event was put on by the Antelope Valley Service Organization Association. May we always remember the sacrifices of our brave men and women and honor those who survived hardships in hostile captivity for the security of our country.
You are not forgotten
Welcome to the Neighborhood
Congratulations to Reza and Mary on the grand opening and ribbon cutting of your new restaurant, Tiburon Grill & Bar in Santa Clarita Valley. Welcome to the community and best wishes!
Welcoming Tiburon Grill & Bar to Santa Clarita
Meeting with Patricia Gardens
It was great to meet with members of the Board of Directors from Patricia Gardens Homeowners Association in Simi Valley last Friday to discuss concerns with FEMA and its National Flood Insurance Program.
Discussing flood insurance
Fantastic First Responders
Last week I had the honor of meeting some of the brave men of Station 41 in Simi Valley while I was visiting their station. These men rush in when others are running away. Thank you for all you do!
Visiting Ventura County Fire Station 41 in Simi Valley
Simi Valley Days
On Saturday I got an early start and headed to Simi Valley Days. I had a great time there, and I especially enjoyed talking with the young men and women of the Royal High School Air Force Junior ROTC.
Chatting with members of the Royal High School Air Force Junior ROTC
Service Academy Information Day
This weekend my office hosted Service Academy Information Day for those interested in applying for any of the five military service academies. Thank you to the Admissions Liaison Officers and my Nominating Committee for working to put this together, as well as the students and parents who attended this information session.If you know a student aspiring to attend an academy, please reach out to my Palmdale office, (661) 441-0320.
Thanks to everyone who made it on Saturday
Around the CornerBanned Books Week: Screen Printing
September 27, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Lancaster Library, 601 W. Lancaster Boulevard, Lancaster
Antelope Valley Union High School District College Information Night
September 20, 4:30pm-7:30pm
Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 West Avenue H, Lancaster
40 Under Forty
September 23, 6:30pm
Valencia Country Club, 27330 N. Tourney Road, Valencia
September 24, 9:00am-1:00pm
College of the Canyons- Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita
Green Living Expo
September 24, 10:00am-3:00pm
Simi Valley Town Center, 1555 Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley
Friends of the Palmdale Library Book Sale
September 24, 10:00am-4:00pm
Palmdale City Library Central Library, 700 E. Palmdale Boulevard, Palmdale