The grief our country is experiencing following the deadly shootings in Buffalo and Laguna Woods cannot be put into words. I am extremely saddened by these events and frustrated that Congress has not been able to pass commonsense gun safety reforms to protect our communities. This past March, my colleagues and I urged Minority Leader McConnell to allow a vote in the Senate on two background checks bills that passed the House in March 2021, H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446. Nothing should stand in the way of protecting the lives of the people we represent.
Families around the country are also struggling with an unacceptable infant formula shortage. I thank the Biden Administration for the leadership shown during this desperate time for many parents & for the latest actions to ensure there is enough safe infant formula available for families in need. Congress also took decisive action by passing two bills: one approved $28 million in emergency funds for the Food and Drug Administration to address the shortage, and another to make it easier for vulnerable families in the WIC program to buy any available infant formula with their benefits.
As our country deals with these challenges, please remember that my staff is available to answer any questions and offer support if you have problems with a federal agency. Below is another update on the work my staff and I have done recently to serve you.
This Week's Casework Success Story
Caroline from La Jolla contacted my office last month to request assistance with expediting a passport renewal. Caroline had plans to visit the East Coast and Canada, so she needed a new passport before her trip. My staff worked with Caroline to gather the necessary documents related to her upcoming travels. Fortunately, the San Diego Passport Agency was able to schedule an expedited appointment prior to Caroline’s departure.
Urging the Biden Administration to Reach Decision on Solar Inquiry
This week, Rep. I co-led a letter to President Biden requesting the Department of Commerce to take steps to expeditiously reach a preliminary decision on its solar inquiry. The investigation is causing solar projects to get canceled and coal plants to stay open. Our group of 85 House members join 22 Senators, 19 Governors, and many members of the solar, environmental, and labor communities that also call for a swift decision.
Weeks before this investigation started, I urged the Commerce Department in an internal letter to consider the climate and economic impacts of this investigation. In April, I voiced my concerns during an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. I look forward to a favorable outcome. Our climate, clean energy, and economic goals depend on it. Thank you to everyone who has joined our coalition calling for this cause.
The New Democrat Coalition Celebrates 25 Years in Congress
As Vice Chair for Policy for the New Democrat Coalition, it was an honor to mark this anniversary during a press conference with my colleagues, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Whether we are working to tackle inflation, a slow supply chain, or offering pragmatic climate solutions, New Dems are leading the way in Congress. Happy 25th birthday!
Fighting Meth Addiction and Overdoses in San Diego & Around the U.S.
Earlier this month, I participated in a roundtable discussion with Dr. Rahul Gupta, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and members of the San Diego Meth Strike Force. We discussed the new efforts set in motion by my Methamphetamine Response Act which was signed into law in March. The law requires the ONDCP to create, make public and enact a national plan to tackle meth addiction and overdoses. Thank you to Dr. Gupta and the Meth Strike Force for coming together to prevent the tragic toll meth takes on our communities.
Meeting with San Diego Small Business Owners
This week, I met with two people I represent: Tony Wang and Ernestine Brown. Tony owns the Cat Cafe in Downtown San Diego while Ernestine, a proud Navy veteran, owns the Old Town Soap Company. We discussed the challenges they face as small business owners and how the federal government can help bolster small businesses and their recovery after the pandemic. Thank you for stopping by!
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