I look forward to returning to Washington, D.C. next week as we continue to negotiate and deliver investments for the American people. Before returning to the Capitol, I spent a great week in San Diego meeting with the people I represent and answering important questions about my work in Congress.
Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.
Subcommittee on Health Legislative Hearing
On Wednesday, I spoke about a bill I authored, the Veteran Peer Specialist Act of 2021, during a House Veterans Affairs Committee Health Subcommittee legislative hearing. The bills considered during this hearing seek to support veterans' health and mental care needs. I want to thank Committee leadership for including my legislation to improve veterans' quality of life.
Virtual Town Hall on Current Events
On Tuesday, I held a virtual event to hear from the people of California's 52nd district. Before taking questions from the audience, I discussed current negotiations in Congress related to the Build Back Better Act, also known as the reconciliation bill, and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework. During the town hall, many people asked about my position on H.R. 3 to lower prescription drug costs and I elaborated on my own plan to lower costs, the Reduced Costs and Continued Cures Act. I also responded to questions about voting rights, pollution in the Tijuana River Valley, policies to tackle climate change, and carbon pricing among other topics. Thank you to everyone who attended and participated!
If you missed this event, you can watch it here.
Connecting with Students from Mt. Carmel High School Civics Class
On Wednesday, I met with students from Mt. Carmel High School in Rancho Peñasquitos to talk about my work in Congress and how young adults can be active in their communities to make a difference. I answered students' questions on the legislative process, my career that led me to Washington, D.C., as well my favorite parts of being a Member of Congress.
Meeting with Members of the American Diabetes Association
On Thursday, I had a great meeting with local members of the American Diabetes Association to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted people with diabetes and to talk about my commitment to lower the cost of drugs, especially for our seniors and for people who need insulin. I was honored to hear their personal stories of living with diabetes and dealing with the rising cost of insulin. We need to improve coverage in Medicare and Medicaid, reduce the cost of hospital care and medications, and reform food and nutrition policy in order to prevent the onset of prediabetes, delay or avert the evolution of prediabetes into diabetes, and manage diabetes care after diagnosis.
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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