After speculation and fear that the U.S. would default on its debt, the Senate approved a short-term deal this week to increase the country's borrowing limit and keep the country solvent into December. The House is expected to vote on the bill next Tuesday before sending it to President Biden's desk.
I will also be hosting virtual event next Tuesday from 4-5 P.M. PST to hear from the people I represent, and share details on the status of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework and the Build Back Better Act. During this webinar, I will be taking questions and providing insight on these transformational investments for our future. You can register to attend via Zoom.
Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.
This Week's Casework Success Story
Sandra, a landlord who rents out an apartment in Downtown San Diego, contacted my office regarding an issue with the San Diego Housing Commission, which manages the Housing Stability Assistance Program to support tenants with COVID-related financial needs. The Commission notified her that she owed $29,175 after determining that two applications for emergency rental assistance were submitted for her rental unit. Sandra explained to my staff that two tenants with separate leases lived in her apartment, requiring two applications. My staff sent an inquiry and after further review, the Commission confirmed the two tenants qualified for this assistance and Sandra did not need to repay any funds.
"I am 100% positive that I would not have received my COVID-19 rental money without the help of (staff member) at Congressman Peters' office. This is the first time that I've asked for help from the Congressman's office, and (staff member) was wonderful. She was responsive, helpful, and made things happen quickly. I am very appreciative of (staff member) and the team at Congressman Peters' office."
Joint Economic Committee Hearing: "Raising Revenue to Invest in Shared Prosperity”
On Wednesday, I participated in a hearing to assess how President Biden's Build Back Better agenda would support long-term economic growth, especially as it seeks to have wealthy Americans and large corporation pay their fair share in taxes. I asked Chye-Ching Huang, Executive Director of the Tax Law Center, and Dr. Kimberly Clausing from the U.S. Department of the Treasury about the economic impact of increasing taxes on capital gains for high-income earners and potential changes to corporate tax revenues.
Meeting with Members of the American Friends Service Committee
I was happy to speak with members of the American Friends Service Committee also on Wednesday to discuss the urgent need to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Immigrants play a key role in all aspects of the economy and have served on the front lines among our healthcare workers, first responders, and farm workers throughout the pandemic helping all Americans. Thank you Socorro for sharing your personal story and journey. Sí se puede!
Meeting with Members of the American Psychiatric Association
I had a great discussion with members of the American Psychiatric Association on Thursday. We talked about different integrated models designed to help those with behavioral and mental health, as well as a bill that would establish national and regional collaborative care model trainings, and a technical assistance center. I look forward to continuing our conversation so we can find support individuals with behavioral and mental health needs.
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