Support President Trump’s Executive Order: Defund Refugee Resettlement

July 17, 2017

It is time for Congress to do its part.  The House Judiciary Committee last month marked up and reported legislation to reform our refugee process.  We hope the Speaker will bring this legislation to the House floor and allow a robust amendment process. 
Even if this legislation is passed by the House and the Senate, and then signed into law, it will take time for relevant personnel to be properly trained and for the new provisions to be implemented.  We cannot afford to simply continue bringing in refugees
to the United States that we know we cannot thoroughly vet in the meantime.Please join me in sending a letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting they include no appropriations for the Department of State to resettle refugees in the United States during Fiscal Year 2018.  Rather, the Committee should ensure that
the State Department’s humanitarian aid budget is sufficiently funded so that the United States can meet its commitment to protecting the maximum number of refugees in safe zones close to their home countries, while protecting our own national security.
If you would like to cosign the letter, please contact Lauren Ziegler in my office at:

OPPOSE Hunter Amendment #57

July 14, 2017

The work undertaken by seafarers is often arduous and dangerous, and can leave them particularly vulnerable to personal injury, illness, or even death. Because affliction can strike anytime and anywhere on the high seas, maritime law has always ensured seafarers
the right to seek “maintenance and cure” (medical care and compensation) for injuries, illness, and death, to be paid by the vessel owner or operator.

Fast Facts on Gosar AMENDMENT #5 to NDAA

July 14, 2017

I invite you to support my amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to require the calculation of wages for public works projects be based on actual statistics calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as opposed to the current
process which determines these rates based on fundamentally flawed surveys within the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) within the Department of Defense (DoD).  A 2008 Department of Labor Inspector General (IG) report found that “one or more errors existed in 100
percent of the wage reports.”  Research conducted by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that upwards of $13 billion could be wasted over 10 years if Davis-Bacon is left unreformed.  Another reputable economic analysis projected that reforming
the current method would have saved the federal government nearly $11 billion in 2011 alone.

Support Garamendi/Hunter/Courtney Amendment #01 (Rules #094)

July 14, 2017

This bipartisan amendment strikes Section 123 which will serve as an unnecessary impediment to building America’s first new icebreaker in forty years.

Support the Jayapal-Pocan-Grijalva Amendment to Bring Parity to Discretionary Spending

July 13, 2017

Members of Congress have long supported the principle that strong national security depends on the health, vibrancy and safety of our communities, and have therefore advocated for parity between our military and domestic spending. The federal non-defense
discretionary (NDD) budget is pivotal to creating infrastructure jobs across the nation, caring for our veterans, cleaning up our environment, and advancing scientific knowledge. 

FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act: Oppose Aguilar Amendment #10 and Garamendi Amendment #12 — Support Rogers Amendment #88

July 13, 2017

I write to urge you to vote “NO” on two amendments offered to
H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018:
amendment #10 from Rep. Aguilar and

amendment #12 from Rep. Garamendi.

Oppose Blumenauer Amendment #13 to NDAA

July 13, 2017

I write to urge you to vote “NO” on
amendment #13 offered by Rep. Blumenauer on
H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018.

DEADLINE @ NOON: Support Funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

July 13, 2017

Please join me in sending the letter below to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, requesting adequate funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program (SNAP).