The situation unfolding in Afghanistan is heartbreaking. These recent events are more than another chapter in history; they are very personal for the post-9/11 veterans I represent in Congress.
There’s a time and place to examine the errors of our pull out – whether to withdraw completely after investing lives and money, and why we didn’t anticipate how quickly it would all fall apart. But right now, we must remain laser-focused on evacuating Americans and our allies out of Afghanistan unharmed.
If you are a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or SIV holder currently in Afghanistan seeking evacuation, click here to find the Repatriation Assistance Request form. A completed form for each traveler is necessary to pass through airport gates. My office is also ready and available for support at 858-455-5550.
This week, I continued my work in the district. 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
Laura from La Jolla contacted my office in July with eight days left until a planned family vacation. She had already processed her children's passports, but only one of them was approved. With the date of travel quickly approaching, my staff gathered the necessary information and worked with the National Passport Agency to track down the application. After this inquiry, my staff determined there were administrative issues that Laura needed to resolve before proceeding. My staff helped Laura send the necessary form to the Downtown Passport Agency. The agency then contacted the National Passport Center to process and overnight the passport to the family. The passport was swiftly delivered one day before the family's planned departure.
"When I reached out to your office, I had already spent hours on hold and online with the passport agency and each time hit a wall....We just want you to know it means so much that you helped with this, we feel like we count. That means everything to my family!"
- Laura from La Jolla
EPA Administrator Michael Regan Visits San Diego
Earlier today, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan arrived in San Diego to formally kick off the construction of Phase 1 of the Pure Water program. Pure Water San Diego aims to provide nearly half of San Diego’s water supply locally by 2035 by cleaning recycled water to produce safe, high-quality drinking water. It also aims to provide a reliable, sustainable, water supply for our region as we experience the effects of climate change.
Administrator Regan also joined us for a tour of the Tijuana River Valley to learn more about the pollution crisis between the U.S. and Mexico. Officials discussed recent efforts in Mexico to control transboundary flows. We also visited the International Boundary and Water Commission offices for a briefing on binational collaboration to reduce trash, sediment and flooding. I appreciate Administrator Regan's commitment to visit our region after I invited him to San Diego earlier this year during an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing. I look forward to working together to find solutions for our region's environmental challenges.
Ray Chavez Post Office Renaming Ceremony
On Thursday, it was an honor to officially rename the Poway Post Office after Ray Chavez, a brave World War II veteran and beloved community member. I introduced legislation in the House to rename this post office back in 2019 and it was signed into law last December. I held a ceremony to mark this special occasion and bring together Ray Chavez's loved ones for them to see the plaque installed in the post office. This recognition is not enough to honor Chavez's service, but it serves to remind what his enduring legacy means to the Poway community.
SDG&E Visit with White House Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy
On Tuesday, I visited SDG&E's Emergency Operations Center with White House National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy and Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49). We learned about the technology the company deploys to reduce wildfire risk, strengthen climate resilience and protect public safety. I thank Adviser McCarthy for her time and for recognizing local efforts that address the effects of climate change.
Veterans Affairs Regional Office and San Diego Hospital Visit
On Tuesday, I visited the VA San Diego Regional Office and met with staff to learn more about how they support our veterans. I received a tour of the Veteran's readiness and employment facilities and the public contact office where veterans can seek services for claims in person.
Afterwards, I visited the VA San Diego Hospital and met with Director Dr. Smith to discuss their infrastructure issues. During this tour, I observed the construction of the new Spinal Cord Injury facility and the hospital's COVID-19 vaccination station.
Meeting with Consul General of Mexico Carlos González Gutiérrez
On Monday, I had the honor of meeting Carlos González Gutiérrez, Consul General of Mexico. We discussed the latest on the construction of Otay Mesa East Port of Entry, the continued efforts to clean the Tijuana River Valley, and border travel restrictions that remain in place due to COVID-19.
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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