|2015 is coming to an end, and this will be the last Knight Vision of the year. On January 10, I will pick up where I left off, but until then I want to leave you with a quick rundown of some of the issues that I have worked on in my first year in Congress.
Serving Those Who Serve
|Discussing the needs of military personnel during a lunch with service members
Our men and women in uniform put their lives on the line to protect us every day, and it is important for us to provide them support wherever we can. That is why I fought tirelessly for crucial benefits like continued commissary access, a pay raise, and more.
In my role as a member of House Armed Services Committee, I supported advanced aircraft programs like the F-35 and new Long Range Strike Bomber. Both of these will be built in Palmdale, thus bringing thousands of high-paying jobs to our region while at the same time bringing our national defense capabilities into the 21st century.
Our veterans deserve high quality care and services to help them transition back to civilian life. That is why I co-sponsored over ten veteran-related bills that would serve a variety of needs, ranging from increasing accountability and efficiency at the Department of Veterans Affairs to providing opportunities for veterans to start their own businesses.
Putting America Back to Work
|Touring a local small business
Education is essential to having an outstanding workforce in the future- especially in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields where the U.S. is falling behind in global standing right now. I was involved in efforts to boost our youth’s interest and proficiency in these fields so that our children may thrive in the economy of the future.
Small businesses are the heart of our community and of our national economy. In my position on Small Business Committee, I worked on numerous pieces of legislation that would help small businesses thrive by reducing the amount federal regulations, easing capital access, and reducing costs of employment.
Another key strength to our nation’s economy is ensuring that it is made up of families that are healthy and financially stable. While the federal government should not be dictating any family’s medical or fiscal decisions, it should remove barriers and allow those to realize the American dream. That’s why I supported legislation that would help families pay their mortgages, access quality healthcare, and get inexpensive and reliable energy.
Leadership on Local Issues
|Surveying the future St. Francis Dam Memorial site
I am committed to preventing the proposed Cemex mine in Soledad Canyon, and I am taking a comprehensive approach in this effort. While in Congress I worked with federal agencies like the Bureau of Land Management and Army Corps of Engineers to stop the project. In August, the mine’s contracts were cancelled, effectively halting the mine and all the negative consequences it would bring to our communities.
By authoring a bill to create a national memorial for the 1928 St. Francis Dam disaster in the Santa Clarita Valley, we will give our community the opportunity to properly honor the hundreds that died in the incident.
A top priority for me is providing relief to all the families who are suffering from California’s drought. I co-sponsored legislation that would bring water south from the Delta and improve our state’s water infrastructure, and will continue to fight for solutions until this crisis is overcome.
See You Next Year!
Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter and stay up to date on my activities in Washington, D.C. and around the 25th District. The next edition of Knight Vision will be released on January 10, 2016. Until then, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!