The focus this week in the House of Representatives was the passage of the Protecting Our Kids Act and the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act. Both bills to avoid further gun violence passed, yet almost all of my Republican colleagues voted against these commonsense measures. This legislation faces an uphill battle in the Senate, but we will continue fighting to get additional life-saving legislation over the finish line. We will not forget about the tragedies our country has endured due to guns and I will not rest until the job is done.
Yesterday, the country also watched the first hearing of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol. All Americans have a right to know what happened on that day, and months leading up to January 6, to prevent a future attack on our democracy. I commend my colleagues and the select committee staff for compiling this information and presenting its findings with transparency and clarity.
Below is another update on the work my staff and I have done recently to serve you.
New Democrat Coalition Tackles Inflation With Concrete Solutions
This week, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) released a comprehensive action plan to fight inflation, lower the cost of living for Americans, and secure the long-term fiscal future of the nation. As Vice Chair for Policy of the NDC, the largest ideological caucus in Congress, I led the effort to create the Inflation Working Group that crafted the plan. The new plan outlines specific steps federal policymakers can take to reduce prices on essential goods and services, and provide relief to American families, workers, and businesses.
You can read my op-ed on this plan here and find more information on the plan to lower costs for American households here.
Discussing More Clean Energy in the U.S.
After leading a letter last month urging the Commerce Department to stop its inquiry into crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and solar panel imports from Asia, the Biden Administration announced several steps this week to provide regulatory certainty for the U.S. solar industry.
Executive action to spur domestic clean energy manufacturing includes authorizing the Defense Production Act to accelerate production of clean energy technologies in the U.S., including solar panel parts.
Days after this announcement, I participated in a virtual conversation on solar jobs hosted by Clean Energy for America. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) also participated as well as representatives from Solar Energy Industries Association, Evergreen Action, and GoodLeap. This conversation focused on what must come next after President Biden’s executive actions to protect American solar jobs and bolster manufacturing.
Representing the 52nd District
In recent days and weeks, many constituents have called my office to ask about redistricting. Since 2012, I have proudly served the people of California’s 52nd District in Congress. I will continue to do so for the remainder of my term with the same energy and commitment I have always brought to the job. If you are a resident of the 52nd District, I will continue to serve you through January 3rd, 2023. Until then, please feel free to keep reaching out to my office if you need help with casework, or to share your opinions.
To check your congressional district after January 3rd, 2023, you can view the California Redistricting Commission’s final maps.
If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or need assistance with a federal agency, reach out to us through our website or by calling the district office at 858-455-5550.
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